Places to See in "the oldest city"
...St. Augustine

(Updated 9/22/07)

  • Ancient City Tours - Guides tell interesting tales of the oldest city. (Possibly going to most of the places listed below). 904/797-5604.
  • Government House Museum - Complete history of St. Augustine and information on Shipwrecks off the coast of Florida 904/825-5079.
  • Spanish Military Hospital - Glimpse of early medical care and treatment.
  • Spanish Quarter Village - You will see residents and craftspeople of mid 18th century St. Augustine.
  • Anastasia Island - miles of white sand beaches. Across the Intercoastal Waterway from St. Augustine.St. Augustine Municipal Marina 111 Avenida Road, Menendez, FL 32084, 904/825-4009
  • The "Anastasia" - an authentic vintage paddlewheel riverboat. Now a private charger boat. Ideal for weddings, reunions, sporting events, group tours, and others. Meals are served in old-fashioned riverboat style while you cruise the Intercoastal Waterway and see the sights of St. Augustine. Minimum of 30 persons. 800/551-3463
  • Fort Mose - Free African Settlement established in 1738 by Governor Montiano, gave sanctuary to Africans from the English colony in Carolina. Legally sanctioned by the Spanish government, Ft. Mose was the first free Africian settlement in the United States.
  • Fort Castillo de San Marcos - Spain authorized building a stone fort to protect St. Augustine. It took 25 years to complete. Open every day of the year except Christmas from 8:45am to 4:45pm. Admission $7.00, those 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult
  • Fort Matanzas - Masonry fort built in 1740. The name means massacre, which is rightly named, because supposedly the Spanish massacred a large French force at this place, approximately 200 years before, in 1565. Located 14 miles south of St. Augustine.
  • Bridge of Lions - Constructed in 1927, this bridge has been called "the most beautiful bridge in Dixie". There are two Carrare-marble lion statutes, copies of the lions that guard the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy. Donated by Dr. Andrew Anderson, they were sculpted by the Romanelli Studio of Florence and insured by Lloyd's of London when they were shipped to the United States.
  • Red Train - See quaint shops and interesting attractions lining the narrow streets aboard the sightseeing train. Experience history and European atmosphere. Adults, $18.99, 6-12, $5.99. For more information, call 800/226-6545.
  • Alligator Farm - A Zoological Park. See alligators, crocodiles, exotic South American Parrots, herons, egrets, ibises, Macaws, Sun Conures, Australian cockatoos, Toco toucans and 'laughing' Kookaburras. Open 9:00am - 5:00pm seven days a week. Age 11 & Adult $19.95, age 3-10, $10.95. Military and Senior Citizens, 10% discount.
  • Ximenez House - Built about 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper. Built of native coquina stone, it has a separate kitchen with a brick-baking open, the only original one in St. Augustine dating from the last quarter of the 18th century. Open October 1 through August 31, Thursday through Monday, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm Free admission. For more information, 904/829-3575.
  • Lighthouse & Museum - Climb to the top of the 165' tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the city, beaches, and nation's oldest port. $7.75 for adults & $5.00 for children ages 6 - 11. 904-829-0745

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