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In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, a free “Tour de Fort” bicycle tour of Pensacola’s famed 19th century-era Fort Pickens will be held this weekend.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network, UWF Historic Trust, and the National Park Service is hosting the event, inviting the public to explore the archaeology of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

(Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

“The area of the National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island is a jewel of unspoiled natural beauty,” the National Park Service said in a release. “In addition to providing habitat for a variety of wildlife, the Park protects some of Pensacola’s most important archaeological sites, both on land and under water.”

Participants will rendezvous at the auditorium at Fort Pickens at 10 a.m. Saturday where a park ranger and FPAN archaeologists will greet the group with a short presentation.

Following the brief presentation, the Tour de Fort program will explore some of these sites with a guided bike ride tour. Sites highlighted will include an 18th-century Spanish colonial presidio, the Civil War Battle of Santa Rosa Island site, and shipwrecks from several periods of Pensacola’s history.

Total bike ride is approximately four miles in length and lasts about two hours. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a bicycle, and helmet. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders are responsible for the park entrance fee. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 850-595-0050 ext. 105 to RSVP.

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