Mound Key Archaeological State Park
Boat accessible only.
Estero Bay, Lee County (239) 992-0311

Mound Key is believed to have been the ceremonial and political center of the Calusa Indians when the Spaniards first attempted to colonize southwest Florida. Archaeological investigations indicate that Mound Key was occupied at least 2,000 years ago. In 1566, the Spanish governor of Florida established a settlement on the island with a fort and the first Jesuit mission in Spanish Florida. Accessible only by boat, the island features outdoor exhibits that explain the lifeways of the people who built the mounds as well as nature trails to the top of the mounds.

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