Fort Mose Historic State Park

St. Augustine, FL

Where are we going?

Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St Augustine
FL 32084


What is there to do?

Fort Mose Historic State Park is a 40-acres of historic waterfront complete with picnic areas, one observation and birding boardwalk, as well as a kayak launch boardwalk, a visitor center AND a museum. PHEW!

It that wasn't enough, you get to spend the day surrounded by history, with the kids learning about some amazing events that shaped the course of the country.

You see, Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the USA. That's quite a huge history!

Way back in 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas.

Then, over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery amidst a large-scale power struggle between European powers in the New World.

So you really are spending the day in history greatness! So it makes sense that in 1994, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

To assist this learning experience, Fort Mose Historic State Park features an interactive museum that tells the complete history, and whilst there are no remains of the earth and wooden structures, families who visit can still view the land where the settlement once stood. 

History is really there to be re-lived at this iconic Florida State Park!


How much does it cost?

Adults: Grounds have free admission. Visitor Center $2

Children: Grounds have free admission. Visitor Center $2

Free Under: 6 years for visitor center


Need a little extra help?

Fort Mose's main boardwalk, museum/visitor center, and restrooms are fully wheelchair accessible. The park has one manual wheelchair available during the visitor center's normal operating hours on a first-come, first-served basis.


When can we go?

Grounds open 9am - 5pm, Visitor Center open 9am - 5pm Thurs - Mon

Grounds open 365 days a year


Any top tips?

Fort Mose's open spaces and two boardwalks provide ideal wildlife viewing opportunities for coastal shorebirds and birds of prey.

I’m Hungry!

Take a picnic! There are so many areas to enjoy that delicious home cooked lunch

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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