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Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

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About Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

The Okeechobee Battlefield and Historic State Park is not only a significant site of a Seminole War battle but also the site of a free-slave settlement. The site commemorates one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).

On the grounds of the state park is part of the battlefield where the Battle of Okeechobee took place on Christmas Day, 1837. A force of over 1,000 military personnel and volunteers drove back the Seminoles and Miccosukees, despite initial difficulties.

The park is not only a historic site but also offers plenty of space for birding, picnicking (with a pavilion), and wildlife viewing. It’s also a site of Operation Recreation GeoTour with Geocaching.com.

The park hosts an annual reenactment of the Battle of Okeechobee on the last weekend of February. With living history reenactors, this event offers a unique glimpse into the past.

Frequently Asked Questions about Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

Most picnic shelters in Florida State Parks are first-come, first-serve. Contact the park directly if you’d like to explore renting the pavilion for a special event.

No. Unlike other state parks, there is no fee to enter the Okeechobee Battlefield State Park.

No; this park is small. There’s the restrooms and a picnic pavilion along with a small acreage. Otherwise, there are no buildings.

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