History Tours

From the days of the Timucuan Indians to the architectural renaissance following the Great Fire of 1901 to the 21st century hosting of the Super Bowl XXIV, Jacksonville has made it's mark on history.

Jacksonville has a rich history, with ties to the Civil War, the Timucua indigenous peoples, and a disastrous fire in 1901 that led to the restoration of the Downtown architecture. Take a tour of the city's historic buildings, Kingsley Plantation, or the Black Heritage Trail. Be sure to check out the tours of each Jacksonville neighborhood, each with its own unique story.

Rent a bike at a neighborhood shop or set out on foot around the Riverside Avondale neighborhood which forms one of the South’s largest neighborhoods designated on the National Register of Historic Places. The Riverside Avondale Preservation Society has created a free, multimedia podcast to guide you along the historic, moss-draped streets of the neighborhood. Explore the trails and historic sites of the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Hike around Kingsley Plantation or find lesser-known sites like the foundation of the home of Willie Browne, the last private owner of the Preserve's Theodore Roosevelt Area.

Take in a first-run movie at one of Jacksonville's historic movie theaters. Both the Sun-Ray Cinema and San Marco Theatre serve food and drinks while showing new movies and cult classics. Jacksonville is rich with African American history; explore stops along Florida's Black Heritage Trail, including the Catharine Street Fire Station, now home to the Jacksonville Fire Museum and the Clara White Mission, founded by a former slave and in operation for over 100 years.

Four Forts of the First Coast
Are you a history buff? Ever wondered what life was like long before Columbus made the journey across the Atlantic? Check out four historical forts spanning the “first coast” of Florida – the first settled area in America. Fort Caroline, Fort Clinch, Fort Matnazas, and Castillo de San Marcos.

Explore even more history tours in Jacksonville below or use the map to visit the places in Jacksonville where you can learn about the areas history.