St. Augustine Attractions
Not too far from Hemingway house is the Colonial Spanish Quarter, a section of the city designated as a living history museum. Visitors experience what life was like for the founders and settlers of St. Augustine as actors live life as it was lived in the 18th and 19th centuries by tending to livestock, gardening, cooking and working as craftsmen.
St. Augustine is also home to several very old and very historical forts. The Castillo de San Marcos is one of this and has the distinction of being one of the first national monuments, recognized in 1924. It was built in the later part of the 1600s by the Spanish, and was then used by the British, starting in 1763. Today, you can tour the fort and learn about its history, including the conflicts and wars that centered around it.
Another historic fort in St. Augustine is the Fort Matanzas National Monument. This fort, built by the Spanish in 1740, is located on an island and is unique in that it can be reached by a guided boat tour. It was also recognized as a national monument in 1924.
Known as the first historical site in North America, The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is said to have been the spot where Ponce de Leon first landed in 1513, hoping to find the legendary fountain described by the people of Bimini. The park is now home to artifacts and exhibits that show the history of the explorers and Timcucuan Native Americans from this region.
Those interested in the supernatural will find the award-winning "A Ghostly Experience" walking tour hosted by professional storytellers a must-do in our city.
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