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Fort Christmas Historical Park
Type: Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Parks
This beautiful historical park â" about 20 miles east of Orlando and an easy stop on the way to or from Kennedy Space Center â" boasts many beautiful features common to wilderness areas of the... Read More
This beautiful historical park â" about 20 miles east of Orlando and an easy stop on the way to or from Kennedy Space Center â" boasts many beautiful features common to wilderness areas of the region: massive shade trees, lovely hiking trails, a well-kept playground and rentable picnic pavilions suitable for very large gatherings. But it also boasts something the others do not: a full-sized replica of a fort constructed in 1837, one of about 200 built during the second Seminole Indian War, which raged from 1835-1842. In addition to the related film and exhibit, Fort Christmas Historical Park is home to seven restored "Cracker" homes representing the common architecture of this area from the 1870s to the 1930s. Whether you're an American history buff or a nature enthusiast, this is a win-win, free-admission attraction.
1300 Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420)
Christmas, FL 32709
- Fort & Homes Tour: Tue-Sun 9am-4pm
- Park Hours (Summer): Daily 8am-8pm
- Park Hours (Winter): Daily 8am-6pm
- Free Things to Do, Family-Friendly Museums: "Around in early December? Come for "Cracker Christmas," an annual festival featuring BBQ, crafts an antique tractor display and all kinds of Pioneer demonstrations, from blacksmithing to spinning to quilting and more. You can even get your holiday cards hand-stamped from Christmas by the local post office."
- Museums: "Coming around holidays? Pop into the Christmas Post Office and get your cards stamped, or send a postcard from this festively named town."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Educational, outdoorsy and free, Fort Christmas is a log-cabin time machine to the era of Pioneers.
- Best for Museums Because: A lovely away-from-it-all location and the option of indoor and outdoor exploration earn Fort Christmas a nod.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Educational, outdoorsy and free, Fort Christmas is log-cabin time machine to the era of Pioneers.