Take a trip back through time and immerse yourself in Florida’s rich story at the annual Old Florida Festival at the Collier County Museum March 7 and 8. A fascinating spectacle, the festival marks its twenty-sixth year of bringing to life the diverse people in the state’s history. With historical reenactments and costumed actors, visitors witness highlights of more than 10 centuries in Southwest Florida. Guests can interact with Civil War soldiers, cowboys and Calusa and Seminole Indians while taking a peek at British encampments and Spanish beach forts.
“Most people think of Florida as flat, with pink flamingos and Disney World,” says Timothy England, manager of the Marco Island Historical Museum. “This festival is our chance to show everyone that there’s so much more to this state. We sneak some learning into the fun. You can talk to the actors, who stay in character, and you can really get a feel for the time they’re reflecting.” This year, kids will be treated to a pirate’s treasure hunt, while demonstrations by the festival’s blacksmiths, soap-makers and tanners will be available all day. Kettle corn and old-fashioned candy add a sweet note to the event.
- Admission costs $10 for adults, $5 for children.
- For more information, call 239-252-8476, or visit oldfloridafestival.com.