Historic Site Visits

Cape Florida LighthouseCape Florida Lighthouse

Climb to the top of the lighthouse, the oldest man-made structure standing in its original location in Miami-Dade County.

Enjoy beautiful views of Stiltsville, the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse and the Miami skyline. Students will explore the light-keeper’s home and ground, gain a better understanding of life in nineteenth century South Florida and learn about the Seminole War attack on the lighthouse and Cape Florida’s importance to the Underground Railroad.

 


Lummus Park

Visit Lummus Park, the site of the William English plantation slave house (later known as Fort Dallas), and the Wagner House. Students will walk through the slave quarters of the English plantation, learn about slavery in South Florida and explore pioneer life in Miami.


Kids at Matheson HammockMatheson Hammock

Visit a rare example of a “tropical hardwood hammock,” as well as other terrestrial and marine habitats on this outing. Students will examine the ways humans have survived in this region for more than 10,000 years and gain a better understanding of the ecosystem and of environmental conservation efforts.


Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Delve into the Dade County Courthouse with your students! The program aims to facilitate a better understanding of the justice system in the United States. Students will explore a modern day, functioning courtroom and participate in a mock trial.  The Courtroom’s stunning architecture will serve as a view into a different era.  Students will learn about segregation first hand by hearing tales of how this historic building once functioned.


Burdine family cryptMiami City Cemetery

Walk amongst some of Miami’s most notable pioneers from Julia Tuttle to Dr. Jackson at the Miami City Cemetery. Students will visit the grave site of the “Mother of Miami,” Julia Tuttle and learn about the history of our city by exploring the cemetery and the many who rest there.


Miami Circle®

Explore the former home of Miami’s first residents, the Tequesta at Miami Circle®. Students will gain a better understanding of Tequesta life and learn what happened to the Tequesta and why they are not still living in Miami.


Virginia Key Beach

Discover one of Miami’s most treasured natural and historic sites, Virginia Key Beach.  Students will learn about the rich history of Virginia Key Beach and its role during segregation in South Florida, explore the ecosystem of this fragile beach and experience the renovated attractions.