The 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine
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
The grand rotunda at Flagler College