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Madira Bickel Mound State Archeological Site

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Address: 3708 Patten Ave, Ellenton, FL 34222-2152
Phone Number: +1 941-723-4536
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A Historical But Small Park

We went here on a Saturday on our way to other parks. We hit five of them that day. We went up to see the Indian mounds. Aside from the climb to the mounds, there was not much... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 March 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

We went here on a Saturday on our way to other parks. We hit five of them that day. We went up to see the Indian mounds. Aside from the climb to the mounds, there was not much to see there.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Having a degree in History i give it a 2. I stopped because i love history.. Had an expectation in my head that there might be an active Archeological site. The park is small and very well kept. quite peaceful as it is a few miles off US 19. a residential area is right next door tho. The mound it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

We stopped off to see the Bickel Mound on a trip to Bradenton. It is a few miles off of hwy 19. There is a short walk through the site and then steps up to the top of the mound. It is covered in vegetation and hard to really discern the size or get a good view. There is an... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

I feel like i have to see every state park now in case Rick Scott gets reelected, as he wants to sell a lot of parks to make more golf courses. But this mound was disappointing. its written about in many archaeological books. The nearby Emerson Point Preserve was much more impressive. But Madira is still a worthwhile visit as... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

In the winter months when people enjoy most walking around Florida's parks, Madeira Bickel Mound is an interesting location. Don't expect a museum or facilities - this is just a well-preserved native American mound of shell which guarded a village in an area of many small islands, perfect for people who did much fishing and canoe travel.

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Ellenton, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

nothing there just a hill to climb,full of ants,not even a porta potty,did not impress me,to say the least

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Pinellas Park, Florida, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

This mound is small and not really visible - it's overgrown with trees and shrubs so you only see the top when you get there. It's in a part of the state that remains close to its true self. It reminds me of some of the stone sites I visited in England: fairly small and non-descript, yet part of history.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

At my insistence, we stopped here in march on our way from TIA to Sarasota. I'd been here as a Brownie Scout many many years ago. To may amazement, the mound is stilll there, thanks to local preservationists. It is covered in trees, but if you go to the top, you see shells left by the Native Americans who lived... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2010

This attraction consists entirely of a 60 second 100 step path with one mounted commentary board. That's it. Really. The burial mound is not particularly perceptible and the temple mound is a small hill with the 100 step path. This attraction is in Terra Ceia, and not in Ellenton by the way. Even though I happen to live close to... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2007

Terra Ceia and Madira Bickel Mounds are just across the Skyway bridge south out of Saint Petersburg. Take the first exit after the bridge. The signs for the mounds are on the right. These sites are great examples of the stuff you saw at Weedon Island only better. They are considered are pre-Columbian archeological sites used just prior to the... More 

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