St. Augustine The Ancient City
History, Culture, Adventure, Cuisine
St. Augustine Florida the Ancient City – is a favorite destination along the North Florida coast. Filled with intriguing history, culture, outdoor adventure, and delicious cuisine, St. Augustine is one of Travel With Annita’s top destinations for 2022 vacations.
With adventures all around the city and a long, long list of things to do, the oldest city in America welcomes everyone – families, solo travelers, couples – everyone will create fond memories during their stay.
Here is our list of things to do:
A visit to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The fort was built by the Spanish to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route. There are stories of pirates along the water ways and St. Augustine has many to tell. This vital route from the Caribbean along the Atlantic Ocean depended on the fort as an important part of defending commerce and privateers in search of economic opportunities.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument preserves that history – it is the oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States with more than 450 years of history, cross-cultural interactions and intriguing people.
During your visit you can immerse yourself in the exhibits throughout the fortress. An artillery tour with displays throughout the Castillo takes you back to black cast iron weapons, cannons and big guns. The artillery which is still in place gives you an insight into how the fort would have been defended.
During inclement weather bring along a umbrella or rain jacket so you do not miss seeing and experiencing any of the activities around the fort.
Next on our list is The Fountain of Youth. Is it a mystical spring or maybe there are mineral properties that will make you healthy and young. Take a sip and judge for yourself.
A visit to the Fountain of Youth and you’re walking through living history. Learn about Juan Ponce De Leon the Spanish explorer who in 1513, led the first known European expedition to La Florida, which he named during his first voyage to the area. One of the things he was searching for – The Fountain of Youth.
Today you can explore St. Augustine and Florida history from 2,400 BC to modern times. Exhibits with very knowledgeable interpreters share life during those time periods and you can see them in person.
You can’t come to St. Augustine without a visit to the lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Built in 1874, the lighthouse still stands boldly along the St. Augustine shore. Climb the stairway of 219 steps to the top where you’ll find an amazing view at the top of the light house, 165 feet high.
After checking out the lighthouse head down to Anastasia State Park for kayaking, picnicking, biking, strolling the beach or building sand castles. It’s all fun and relaxing too.
Head over to the Alligator Farm. Yes, there are real gators showing us how they live in a natural habitat. You’ll find other wildlife too. Interesting birds flock above your head and the path ways lead to many interesting natural habitats for the animals and reptiles from around the world.
For those wanting to see the alligator farm from above, how about stretching your legs and your adventurous side on the ropes course at Alligator Farm. Journey around the park tackling various challenges and you can be super proud once you reach the end point; you can say you beat the ropes.
Nothing is better than being out on the water. A sunset cruise gives you an adventure along with a glass of champagne. It’s the perfect way to end your day of touring this historic city. The Schooner Freedom gives you that Sunset Sail.
There is the historic center in St. Augustine, well preserved and ready to share my stories from days gone by. It an easy walk around the city center where Spanish architecture, cobblestone streets and wooden structures take you back in time.
The bustling area along with the historic and modern parts of the city is easy to get around by taking the Old Town Trolley. Hop on – hop off with stops at all of the attractions around the city.
St. Augustine’s Eco Tours take you around the city shores with spectacular city scape views. And you’ll learn about the very sustainable projects and initiatives in the area.
Florida coastal cuisine is the very best.
St. Augustine Fish Camp is located on the water, with a spectacular sunset as you dine on fresh seafood, fish and various menu delights.
Catch 27 is your dinner on the patio restaurant spot.
Casa Reyna Taqueria has a fabulous roof top view, overlooking the city. It’s your dinner spot for good food and people watching.
A collaboration of Chefs preparing grilled menu items —— from beef, sausage and veggies, the grilled meal is served under moonlight and at your shared table. Bring your family and friends, along with your wine and enjoy an unforgettable evening. Book this experience ahead of time to ensure you have your spot. It’s a unique one of a kind dinner that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
All this touring, exploring, adventure and tasty meals means you’ll need to have a comfy place to rest in the evenings.
St. George Inn – located in the heart of the historic district. The oversized rooms are set up for relation and getting that well deserved rest so you’re ready to get back out the next day.
To learn more about this lovely hotel located in the best spot for seeing the city click here.
Breakfast included – oh yes, and have breakfast in the courtyard before starting your daily adventure. The Tram stop is right around the block from your room and many spots for ice cream, chocolates and snacks.
Ready to start planning your St. Augustine getaway. – floridiashistoriccoast.com