The Ultimate Guide To Exploring St. Augustine Like The First Explorers

Florida’s oldest city – St. Augustine is filled with so much history and grander it would be a crime to not visit. There is so much to see & do here! It’s where medieval meets the tropics and it’s sure to leave you with a memory for a lifetime.

1. Visit the Castillo De San Marcos

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The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States! Serving as a US military prison for warriors of Native American tribes, when the US was consolidating territorial possessions through the North American continent. It is a small fort and offers some programs and demonstrations every day. Enjoy watching a live canon and musket firing reenactment!

2. Buy Everything at the St. Augustine Outlet

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Florida’s BEST outlet mall containing 95 exceptional stores, 25%-65% off. That pretty much sums it up.

3. Take In the Sun At St. Augustine Beach

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St. Augustine beach stretches from Vilano Beach, North of the city to Crescent Beach in the South.
It is one of the most scenic, unspoiled beaches in Florida. So, spray on some sunblock and soak in the beauty this beautiful beach.

4. Walk Down Old St. Augustine Village

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 Discover over 400 years of history on just a single city block! Hidden among beautiful courtyards are 9 historic houses original to this site. There are so many exhibits reflecting St. Augustine history, plenty of lush gardens to walk through, and a rich collection of antiques. Guided tours offered daily 🙂

5. Relive Old Life At Fort Menendez

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Vacationers will meet a guide whose uncanny knowledge of the Fort will direct and show you the amazing antiques and sites Fort Menendez provides with a fun twist! Around every corner of this unique museum visitors can encounter different characters of the past and be able touch the old weapons, tools, and musical instruments of the fort’s original residents!

6. Check Out the Spanish Military Hospital Museum

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Travel Back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is always in. A 40 minute guided tour takes you back to colonial Spanish days of medicine.

7. See the Unique Villa Zorayda Museum

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Built in 1883, the Villa Zorayda Musuem is an exquisite piece of St. Augustine history! An hour tour gives an in depth look at the historical significance of the building to the city and the magnificent architecture as well as descriptions of the many unique pieces. One of the most popular displays is the “Sacred Cat Rug!” A 2400 year old rug made from the hairs of ancient cats that roamed the Nile River. Taken from a pyramid in Egypt, it is said to put a curse on anyone who walks on it!

8. Buy Insane Artifacts From Wolfs Museum Of Mystery

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Everything is for sale. This includes exhibits of the Alien Mortuary, Shotgunned Sasquatch Exhibit, Dark Art Gallery, Lizzie Borden’s Bloody Boudoir, Voo Doo Marie Laveau’s Alter and Chef Agony’s Slaughter Kitchen. Oh My! There is even an exorcist bathroom… and much much more.

9. Do the Crocodile Crossing at Alligator Farm

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Zip through the tree-tops and conquer aerial obstacles on The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park’s thrilling new zip line attraction, Crocodile Crossing. Across seven-acres on the two challenging courses, you’ll experience having live alligators and crocodiles right under your toes, tropical birds at eye level and red-ruffed lemurs nearly at arm’s length.

10. See A Ghost With the Paranormal Investigations Inside the old jail

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Source: offthetrailsparanormalinvestigations.org

The creepiest tour of your life is here in St. Augustine’s most notorious & haunted buildings. This is the real deal, as this building is even registered as haunted. Built in 1891 by the company that also built Alcatraz, this jail earned its reputation for inhumane conditions and botched executions. This is the only paranormal event in St. Augustine that lets guests conduct an investigation. You’ve been warned.

 

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