Visit St. Augustine, Florida
The Historic Sites
- Castillo de San Marcos: This is truly the focal point of history in the city. It is a Spanish fortress completed in 1695 after many of the wooden forts were destroyed. The fort now is available for tours.
- Flagler College: A private Liberal Arts College that was founded in 1968. The building was built in 1887 and was once the Ponce de Leon Hotel.
- Fort Matanzas: This historic fort offers a glimpse into history. There are plenty of walking trails in the area.
- Fountain of Youth: The Archaeological Park that includes the history of the city and the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon who came looking for the Fountain of Youth in the area.
- Colonial Quarter: A living museum that depicts the life of the people during the 1740s.
- Oldest Wooden School House: A historic wooden schoolhouse dating back as early as 1716.
- The Old Jail: This jail was home to the city's most violent criminals from the years 1891 to 1953.
- The Old Senator: See a 600-year-old live oak tree!
So Many Museums
- Oldest House Museum: The first structure built after the British burned the city in 1702. It is the oldest remaining structure in the city aside from the Castillo.
- Lightner Museum: Originally the Hotel Alcazar in the 1880s. This new museum was saved in the 1950s by Otto Lightner when the vacant building was soon to be demolished. He bought the building and turned it into a museum that now boasts gift shops, antique malls, and even is used as the city hall.
- Lincolnville Museum: This site was the first black public high school in the city. You can now tour it as a museum!
- Potters Wax Museum: An awesome wax museum that has been operating for more than 50 years.
- Pirate and Treasure Museum: A museum that is dedicated to pirate artifacts and the life of pirates from over 300 years ago.
- Spanish Military Hospital Museum and Aviles Street: Known as the first street in the city that dates back to the 1570s. The street is the location of the 18th-century Spanish Military Hospital Museum.
This Ancient City has always been a unique place to shop. Since it began as a port for merchants, shops are in the history! You can find art, clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, cigars, wines, home decor, and so much more. Walk down the historic St. George Street and find whatever you are looking for. Many of the Victorian homes in the city have been turned into charming boutiques. On Anastasia Island, there are several beach-style stores. Of course, they are also plenty of antique shops where you can find one of a kind collectibles.
With forty-two miles of beaches, you are sure to find the perfect surfing spot, picnic area, photoshoot backdrop, or wedding place. In the water, you can fish, kayak, surf, sail, or swim with the fish. The beaches have a peaceful and calm atmosphere.