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St. Johns County, Florida
32084, 32086, 32092
The oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States
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St. Augustine has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Juan Ponce de Leon landed here on April 3, 1513 and took possession of the area for Spain. Pedro Menendez de Aviles was sent in 1565 by King Phillip II to colonize the new area. The day he landed was the Feast Day of St. Augustine, thus, the naming of the place after St. Augustine.
During the 16th & 17th centuries, the area was plagued by pirates. Spain built Castillo de San Marcos in 1672 as the British began to move down the Atlantic coast. St Augustine was ceded to England in 1763. Before that time, it served as the seat of government for all Spanish possessions in the Florida and Georgia regions. Through several trades back and forth, Florida was a possession of Spain and America during the 1700's and 1800's. It was finally named a US possession in 1821. St. Augustine began to be known for its recreation and as a winter resort for the northern people in the 1880's. Henry Flagler was largely responsible for this promotion at the time. The Old City area of the community is maintained and many old historic homes and buildings may be seen.
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Marineland of Florida
18 miles south of St. Augustine
See continuous programs daily, including hand-feeding of fish, performing dolphins and more. Many other activities, programs and exhibits are available.
Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
A-1-A South on Anastasia Island
Explore the Land of Crocodiles and the Great Down Under exhibit among much more! See 22 crocodilian species and more.
Free Vacation guide!
Call 1-800-OLD-CITY or
Ripley's Believe It Or Not
19 San Marco Ave.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084-3278
Oldest Store Museum
4 Artillery Lane
Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4463
See more than 100,000 items from the original stock. Several antique vehicles, including a Model T and a Conestoga wagon. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Potter's Wax Museum
81-C King St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4450
See over 170 life-size figures of persons and events from history. At times, visitors may watch the craftspersons at work!
Museum Of Weapons & History
81 King St # C
Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4343
See displays of all types of weapons, including swords, muskets, cane guns and more. See many shipwreck items also.
14 St. Francis St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
This home is also known as the Gonzales-Alvarez House and the site has been occupied since the early 1600's. The present structure dates from the early 1700's. Additionally, gardens are available as well as a gallery, museums, and more. Guided tours are available.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez
Saint Augustine, FL
The oldest masonry fort in the country, built in 1672-1695. Parts of the complex have been restore and rebuilt. See exhibits tracing the history of the fortress. Cannons are fired during specific times of the year.
Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth National Archeological Park
11 Magnolia Ave.
St Augustine, FL
Here lies the spring purported to be the real "fountain of youth" near where Ponce de Leon landed on Apr 3, 1513.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
on Anastasia Island
The museum is in the lightkeepers restored home. Visitors may climb to the top of the 165 foot tall lighthouse (219 stairs!)
Whetstone Chocolate Factory
2 Coke Rd.
St Augustine, Florida
Take a self-guided tour of the facility and watch as chocolate is poured, molded and shaped.
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