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.
Pena~Peck House The Peña-Peck House was built circa 1750 by order of the King of Spain for Spanish Royal Treasurer Juan Estevan de Peña and his wife Maria Antonia. Today visitors can tour the house and shop at the Woman's Exchange.
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 method 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.
Otto Lightner owned Hobby Magazine during 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.
The Magic & Mentalism of Viktor Zenko. Our show opened here in April and we are already the Number One Show in St. Augustine according to TripAdvisor. Please reach out if you have any questions here. Elizabeth A Johnson Box Office Manager Houdini Parlor Theater (904) 342-2550
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.
What ever you decide to do when in St Augustine, be sure to tell them the Hemingway House B&B sent you.