36 Places to Experience Unusual History in Florida - Atlas Obscura

History in Florida

Discover 36 places to experience unusual history in Florida.

Pensacola, Florida

Chappie James Museum

A small museum celebrating the life of the first Black four-star general in Air Force history.
Pensacola, Florida

Johnson Beach

A pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico with deep ties to Pensacola’s Black community.
Pensacola, Florida

Saenger Theatre Pensacola

A Grand Dame of the vaudeville circuit restored to its former glory.
Tampa, Florida

Wat Mongkolratanaram

Every Sunday for the last 30 years, this Buddhist temple has hosted a market with food and Thai goods.
New Port Richey, Florida

Richey Suncoast Theatre

This historic silent film-era theater is now a community playhouse with a chilling visitor.
Tierra Verde, Florida

Fort De Soto Park

Fascinating military history, awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, and endless outdoor adventures draw people to this sprawling park.
Largo, Florida

Heritage Village

Step back in time at this immersive historical village.
Belleair, Florida

Belleview Inn

This historic hotel has hosted the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Carter, and the Vanderbilts.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Museum of Motherhood

Hands-on activities, childbirth artifacts, and a library are all part of this tiny, one-room museum that examines motherhood and women’s roles throughout history.