Founded in 1565, St. Augustine, Florida is America’s oldest city. Rich with history and culture, it’s nearly impossible to see all that the city has to offer. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this Atlantic coastal town. We spent three days there and barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do. I’ll share a few highlights from places we visited and places we skipped.
This is a place we probably should have gone. After all, this is the spot. The attraction was described as an archeological park and to be honest, that turned me off. But I would have loved to have sipped (okay, gulped vast quantities) from the Fountain of Youth. Apparently you can drink from the legendary fountain, though I’ve heard it tastes pretty bad.
We did take this tour. It was gimmicky, but interesting to see inside the jail and realize that the warden’s family lived about 6 feet from the prisoners. Two doors and a narrow hallway separated them. I wondered how noisy it was and how much those children heard when they played in their rooms or slept at night?
We also saw the gallows where a few prisoners were hung.
This old Spanish fort reminded me of forts we saw in Puerto Rico. Although you can go inside and learn more about its history, we only walked around the outside at night.
What I loved about this lighthouse was it’s setting. It’s near the coast, of course, but there are walking paths around it that are so overgrown with tropical Floridian plants that as you’re walking through the paths you can’t even see the lighthouse. This picture of the light keeper’s house gives you a glimpse of the landscape.
5. The Oldest Store Museum
We didn’t visit this site, but thought about it. They boast a Snake Oil salesman demonstration. We saw one at the Old West Festival in Ohio and enjoyed it. We’ll add this to the list for our next visit.
Other attractions we didn’t have time for:
– The Oldest Wooden School House
– San Sebastian Winery
– St. Augustine Alligator Farm
– Spanish Military Hospital Museum
– Pirate & Treasure Museum
– Potter’s Wax Museum
– Lightner Museum
– The Gonzalez-Alvarez Oldest House Museum Complex
– Fort Menendez
– Villa Zorayda Museum
Etc., etc. There was simply too much to do in three days. If/when we go back, we’ll grab our Hyppo pops and see some of the sites we missed.
Which attraction(s) would you have seen first?