Known as the Nation’s Oldest City, St. Augustine is home to a multitude of cultural attractions spanning centuries. Here is a list of some of the best that St. Augustine has to offer:
1. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument <– This fort was built in 1672 when Florida was part of the Spanish empire. Site of numerous historic events and battles, the monument continues to fascinate adults and kids alike.
2. Flagler College – Daily historic tours of the campus focus on the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark, considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
3. Fort Matanzas – This well-preserved watchtower was built by the Spanish to guard the Matanzas River.
4. Carriage Rides – Horse-drawn carriages carry friends, families and lovers through the cobblestone streets of Old St. Augustine. They operate as taxis and tour guides.
5. Lightner Museum – This museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built in the Spanish Renaissance style in 1887 by railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler. Museum exhibits focus on relics of America’s Gilded Age and provide insight into 19th century daily life.
6. World Golf Village – Home to two of the finest golf courses in Florida: The King & Bear, the only collaboration between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the world, and The Slammer & Squire, designed by Bobby Weed with the help of Sam “The Slammer” Snead and Gene “The Squire” Sarazen.
7. St. Augustine Wild Reserve – Known for its impeccable animal care, the Wild Reserve is a rescue center for unwanted exotic animals. It’s a family-friendly experience with plenty of up-close views of the animals. 2-hour tours are offered three times each week by appointment only so call before you go.
8. Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant – Designed to look and feel like a country club gone awry, Caddyshack is based on the whimsical humor of Bill Murray and the restaurant’s namesake movie.
9. World Golf Hall of Fame– Walk in the shadows of the best-of-the-best and experience the rich history of golf. Hands-on activities like the Golf Simulator, 18-hole putting course and The Hall of Fame Challenge ensure that the Royal and Ancient Game isn’t confined to the exhibits.
10. St. Augustine Distillery Company – Learn all about the process of making beer and spirits. Take a walk-on tour with knowledgeable guides and taste the wares.
11. World Golf IMAX Theater – This unique movie-going experience is Florida’s largest screen. Immerse yourself in the most educational documentaries or take in a Hollywood blockbuster.
12. St. Augustine Beach – Voted one of the top 10 beaches in the country, this beach is rarely crowded and perfect for families who want a relaxing day in the beautiful Florida surf and sun.
13. El Galeon Andalucia– This majestic, oak-stained pirate ship is open for tours. It’s a full-sized reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon that prowled the Carribean.
14. St. Augustine Eco Tours – Explore the beautiful Florida water and all its animal life. See birds, sting- rays and even dolphins. This tour is led by an experienced naturalist and taken via boat, sail boat, or kayak.
15. St. Augustine Amphitheater – This 4,000 seat open-air venue is a gem. Big name musicians, bands, and festivals throughout the year make a visit to the Amphitheater a must-do in St. Augustine.
Written By Troy C. White, Developer La Fontana, a new condo development in St. Augustine, Florida
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