What to do in Fort Foster State Historic Site

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park. Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. The Fort is located 1800 feet from the parking lot and has no restrooms available. Tours of the fort are offered (weather permitting) on Weekends and an annual Fort Foster Rendezvous with skirmishes is held in February. Special tours for organized groups are available on request, for information contact Hillsborough River State Park at least two weeks in advance.

An interpretive center is located on the West Side of U.S. 301 in Hillsborough River State Park. The interpretive center contains exhibits about the fort, the Seminoles, and the Second Seminole War. Admission to the visitor center is included in the entrance fee to Hillsborough River State Park.

Meet in parking lot # 1 of Hillsborough River State Park for tour.

Located in the original 1930's Ranger Station of Hillsborough River State Park and accessible from parking lot #1 the interpretive center offers a glimpse into the Second Seminole War and life at Fort Foster. Artifacts found at the fort site are on display along with maps and incorporated into exhibits exploring both sides of the conflict between Seminole Indians and US Forces.

Guided tours are offered (weather permitting) on weekends, participants should meet at parking lot #1 and must pay the entrance fee to Hillsborough River State Park of $4.00 per vehicle with up to 8 persons maximum. After meeting with the guide and paying the tour fee visitors get on trams and are taken over to the Fort Foster Historic Site. The tour takes the visitors back to the time when the fort was manned during the Second Seminole War and back again. Tour lasts 1½ hours.

From I-75, South bound from Ocala take the SR 54. Exit #279 east to Hwy 301, travel South for 6 miles, and the park will be on your right-hand side.

From I-75, North bound from Tampa take the Fowler Ave. Exit #265 east to Hwy 301, travel North for 9 miles, and the park will be on your left-hand side.

From I-4, West bound take Exit 10 go north on C.R. 579 to US 301, follow the signs and go North 7 miles the park will be on your left-hand side.

From I-4, East bound take Exit 7 (be careful of the merges) and go North on US 301 for 14 miles, the park will be on your left-hand side.

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15402 US 301 North
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Phone: 813-987-6771

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us
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