7200 Co Rd 603
Bushnell, FL 33513
Every January, under the oaks of Dade Battlefield State Park, history lovers gather to commemorate the battle that started the Second Seminole War. On December 28, 1835, Indian warriors ambushed 108 U.S. soldiers at this site, and only three soldiers survived. The 80-acre park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural communities as they existed during the war. As you stroll the half-mile trail through pine flatwoods, keep your eyes peeled for gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks or indigo snakes. The amenities of Dade Battlefield include a playground, picnic area with covered shelters and recreation hall. The park’s visitor center provides information and displays about the historic battle, as well as a 12 minute video history of the battle “This Land, These Men.” Reenactment includes period soldiers, Seminole and civilian camps, sutler trade fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, and 19th century games and activities for children. Battle at 2 p.m.