St. Augustine, a short drive from Daytona Beach
A Melting Pot of the Old and the New: Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida
Florida is known for it's rich historical sites and natural landscapes. One of the oldest cities in the entire United States is actually located in Florida’s North Atlantic Coast – St. Augustine. It is the oldest European-established city in the continental US that has been continuously occupied through the years.
Just like Miami and Daytona Beach, St. Augustine is known for its great beaches, but these are not the only things that you can do in this quaint city. Here are a few things you can do when you visit St. Augustine.
Discover History at Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in the United States and more than 300 years, it’s still standing in all its glory. This national monument took a quarter of a century to build and has witnessed a number of events that influenced the country’s history. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast or just looking for something that you don’t see every day, Castillo de San Marcos is definitely a must-see St. Augustine destination. Website: http://www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm
Get Close with Nature at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
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This is a great attraction for families with kids and even friends who are looking for a different kind of adventure. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park features an array of wildlife species from animals that hail from Madagascar, exotic birds, komodo dragon and Florida’s native reptiles just to name a few. However, what really separates this zoo from other zoos is its attraction dubbed as Crocodile Crossing. This is an aerial obstacle course and those who are daring enough zip lines through courses with live alligators below them, lemurs within an arm’s length and birds within eye-level.
A Different Kind of Experience at Lightner Museum
Every great US city has its own flagship museum and The Lightner Museum is St. Augustine’s crown jewel. Inside this architecturally glorious museum are some of the most diverse pieces you’ll ever see – from shrunken heads and mummies, to beautiful furniture and other pieces from decades ago. Plus, the museum itself is an architectural gem. Highly recommended to experience the true history that St. Augustine has to offer. Visit: www.lightnermuseum.org
Sign Up for One of the Ghost Tours
Are you brave enough? Do you find enjoyment in ghost hunting? A city as old as St. Augustine is bound to have its own spooky tales and ghost hauntings. There are several tour companies in the city the offers to take tourists around some of the haunted sites in St. Augustine. Tour highlights include The Old Jail where a lot of criminals were executed. According to those who visited this spooky place, there were numerous paranormal activities that have been recorded here including orb sightings, loud noises and even ghost apparitions.
St. Augustine is a totally different world on its own. The attractions listed above is just a sneak preview of what you can expect from this quaint city. Its historic sites coupled with modern attractions provide travelers with a unique travel experience that perfectly combines the best of the old and the new.
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