10 Things to See in St. Augustine
In 2015, St. Augustine will commemorate the 450th anniversary of its founding by the Spanish. Here are 10 ways to take part in the city’s rich history during your stay.
As the city gears up for its 450th anniversary, check out these top sites for celebrating the occasion.
1 CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS Built by the Spanish in the 1600s, this fort endures as the oldest and largest stone fort in the continental United States. 1 S. Castillo Drive, 904.829.6506, www.nps. gov/casa
2 AVILES STREET The nation’s oldest platted street, dating to 1573, is lined with cafés, shops, galleries and an antique store that’s said to be haunted. King Street and Aviles Street, www. avilesstreet.com
3 SAN SEBASTIAN WINERY This winery in the historic East Coast Railway building is said to be the area where American wine was first produced. Free tours and samples. 157 King St., 904.826.1594, www.sansebastianwinery.com
4 ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE & TREA SURE MUSEUM Visit one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and treasures. 12 S. Castillo Drive, 877.467.5863, www.thepiratemuseum.com
5 FLAGLER COLLEGE Tour the former Hotel Ponce de Leon built by Henry Flagler in 1887 that’s hosted Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. 74 King St., 904.819.6400, www.legacy.flagler.edu
6 LIGHTNER MUSEUM Flagler’s other resort hotel, the Alcazar, now Caption text serves as a museum showcasing Victorian-period pieces such as stained- glass art by Louis Tiffany. 75 King St., 904.824.2874, www. lightnermuseum.org
7 TROLLEY TOURS Hopping aboard a trolley is the perfect way to explore the city and experience Nights of Lights while learning about local history.
8 FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH Legend has it Ponce de Leon sought out this magical water source because he wanted to be as tall and live as long as the American Indians. 11 Magnolia Ave., 904.829.3168, www.fountainofyouthflorida.com
9 ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE Wind your way up 219 steps to the top of this amazing brick lighthouse for stunning views of the area. 81 Lighthouse Ave., 904.829.0745, www. staugustinelighthouse.com
10 THE BEACHES Watch the sunrise and be the first to leave your footprints in the sand. It’s an amazing feeling, much like the Spanish explorers must have felt when first coming ashore back in 1513.
Castillo de San Marcos
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