Cultural, heritage events celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Justin Riney Gabriel Gray paddles along the St. Johns River toward Jacksonville last year. Jackson Berger Standup paddlers gathered in Pensacola to launch Expedition Florida 500, a yearlong paddling event to promote the conservation of the state's waterways. Visit Florida Reenactors brought history to life at Spanish Quarter Village, which is expanding and reopening as Colonial Quarter next month in St. Augustine. Justin Riney As the sun set, Gabriel Gray paddled from Turkey Key through Ten Thousand Islands in the Everglades. Collier County Museum Naples FL Reenactor Carlos Bicho portrayed Conquistador Ponce de Leon at Collier County Museum's Annual Old Florida Festival in Naples. San Luis Florida Department of State (Photo by Roy Lett) A reenacted militia marched past the Mission San Luis Apalachee Council House at San Luis Mission in Tallahassee FloridasHistoricCoast.com The St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Festival, which takes place in March at the 1874 tower, includes presentations on celestial navigation and wooden boat building. Nao Victoria Foundation The Galleon, a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries, will be stopping at Florida ports this year to celebrate Viva Florida 500.