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Boats tied up at the city marina
Cannon atop of fort Castillo Saint Marko
Saint George street with pedestrians shoping
Castillo de San Marcos National Parks Sign
St. Augustine Attractions

Since this city is over 450 years old there is no doubt there is a lot of history to see by simply walking up and down the streets. But it can be overwhelming so here are our recommendations by century:

16th & 17th Century:
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.
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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.

Learn how life at home was like in this colony 300 years ago by seeing Saint Augustine's Oldest House. There you will learn more about how the locals scratched-out a living in the rough and rugged times of the Spanish 2nd period.

18th Century:
Boston's Franklin Smith built his winter home in 1883 thinking the Moorish style would fit into Spanish St Augustine. It a great hot day tour. A must see, Villa Zorayda. This is the first small-scale use of poured concrete construction methode which, Henery Flagler copied (on a huge-scale) to build his hotels...

Henry M. Flagler began his 3rd carrier as a hotelier and railroad man right here in the late 1800s. Two of his his legacies, and North America's first world-class hotels, still stand today as Flagler College and Saint Augustine's City Hall. But back in the day they were The Ponce de Leon and Alcazar Hotels. The Alcazar is now the home of the Lightner museum. Both open for tours daily.


19th Century:
Otto Lightner owned Hobby Magazine durring the depression and had a museum home in Chicago Il.  But when his Dr. suggested moving south for his health, he bought the then closed Alcazar Hotel. And he commenced to installed his Lightner Museum in the old hotel.
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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