The 450th An­niver­sary of St. Augustine

Where First Coast - - CONTENTS - BY LAURA AN­DERS LEE

Amer­ica’s old­est city is cel­e­brat­ing the big 4-5-0 at the end of the sum­mer. Here are five ways you can take part in the cel­e­bra­tion, from win­ing and din­ing to tour­ing the town.

Amer­ica’s old­est city is throw­ing one big party. Here’s how you can join in the fun.

AT­TEND THE EVENTS

The count­down is on for Sept. 8 when the city turns 450 years old. All kinds of events are planned this sum­mer, from an ex­pected visit with the king and queen of Spain to a huge wine fes­ti­val and his­tor­i­cal re- en­act­ments. Check the cal­en­dar online at where­trav­eler.com/st-augustine

DRINK SPAN­ISH WINE

St. Augustine aims to be the No. 1 des­ti­na­tion out­side of Spain for Span­ish wine. Visit area restau­rants for a taste. Salud!

EN­JOY LO­CAL CUI­SINE

St. Augustine is the birthplace of Amer­i­can cui­sine, a melt­ing pot of fla­vors from the Span­ish, Caribbean, African-Amer­i­can and Timu­cuan In­di­ans, who used Florida’s abun­dant re­sources from the May­port shrimp to the datil pep­per. Find a lit­tle café and dig in!

SEE THE SIGHTS

The Foun­tain of Youth is the re­ported site where Ponce de Leon came ashore in 1513. Take a drink from the foun­tain and toast to the city’s past. Leave time for the St. Augustine Light­house, the Castillo de San Mar­cos and a stroll down St. Ge­orge and Avilés streets.

TAKE A HIS­TOR­I­CAL TOUR

The best way to learn about the im­pact of St. Augustine on the found­ing of our coun­try is on a tour with a knowl­edge­able guide. Learn about the city’s lux­u­ri­ous past at Fla­gler Col­lege, once a five-star ho­tel. Bring the kids along for a nightly ghost tour or a lively re- en­act­ment at Colo­nial Quar­ter. Or take a ride on a charm­ing car­riage while learn­ing all about the city.

Queen Le­tizia and King Felipe of

Spain

The grand ro­tunda at Fla­gler Col­lege

Avilés Street

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