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.

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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

Ponte Ve­dra

His­toric re- en­ac­tors

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