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St. Augustine in August

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An August 2007 trip to St. Augustine by Valerie_C

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida More Photos
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St. Augustine in August

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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We visited St. Augustine in August of 2007. I'm a history buff, so visiting the Oldest City in the Nation was a must. We tried to take in many historic sites in the two days we were there, but didn't have enough time for everything. I loved the Lighthouse, Castillo de San Marco and Alligator Farm.Quick Tips: Check out the very expansive visitors center the first day for ideas and have a loose schedule. It rains a lot in the area and, being a beach community, many attractions are outdoors. Have a few back ups ready for when it's raining and you can't climb the lighthouse or walk St. George Street comfortably. There are tons of museums, such as Ripley's or The Spanish Quarter Living Histo...Read More

Quality Inn Historic

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A basic hotel, but in a great location. This hotel featured wireless internet, a pool and free breakfast bar. The rooms were comfortable and clean, with good service and basic amenities such as cable TV, coffee makers, hairdryers toiletry products, etc. provided. They offer both smoking and non-smoking rooms and don't allow pets.The best aspect of this hotel is it's location. It's right on a main road and is within walking distance of many restaurants and, if you're in good shape, within walking distance of the historic district. Otherwise, a large parking deck on the outside of the historic district is just 5 minutes drive away and you can walk from there.The staff was also ve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2008

Quality Inn Historic
1111 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
St. Augustine
(800) 575-5288

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Attraction | "St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum"

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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Whenever we travel on the coast we always try to visit lighthouses. The lighthouse in St. Augustine didn't disappoint. The price is comparable to other lighthouses and the experience is worth it. After climbing the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse, we were met with a spectacular view of the area. There was also a nice museum, with a history of the lighthouse and the surrounding area, including an emphasis on war time activities.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2008

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
81 Lighthouse Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-0745

St. John's Pier Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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We visited the beach twice during our trip to St. Augustine. Since the city's tourist attractions are almost all closed by 6pm, there's little else to do otherwise.

It seemed that there were evening concerts near the pier on the weekends, which filled up that parking area, but at other times there was plenty of parking at multiple free lots along the beach. The beach wasn't too crowded, but it wasn't deserted either, which was nice and peaceful. As far as safety went, I never saw any lifeguards, so make sure to watch out for your kids.

We walked along the St. John's Pier (50¢ each) for a better view of the beach and ocean. The beach was a nice way to relax and end the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2008

Dolphins Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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For $15 you can take a cruise of the Mantanza Bay & River, which runs along the coast of St. Augustine. The cruise lasts just over an hour and is chock-full of sites and activities. You'll see lots dolphins and all sorts of ocean birds as well as sites around St. Augustine such as the Lighthouse, Bridge of Lions, Menendez Landing Site, Castillo de San Marcos, and more. The cruise offers unique views of each of the sites that you won't see from land, and the boat slows at each site to allow for photographs.The boat itself is a double-decker, with an inclosed lower level and an open top level. As the captain describes the sites, you can sit in comfort and even purchase snacks or c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2008

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

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Attraction | "Castillo de San Marco"

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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The Castillo de San Marco is an historic fort right on the edge of Historic Downtown St. Augustine. At only $6 for adults and kids getting in free, the fort is a great value and a wonderful way to lean the history of St. Augustine.The fort was founded by the Spanish in the 1670s and marks multiple historic periods for the city, having been taken by the British, the Spanish again, and then Americans. The fort has been kept in great shape, still maintaining much the original coquina stone that it was constructed with. Many rooms in the fort contain original artifacts and historic information. Climbing to the top of the open second level, cannons are on display and a view of the city is avai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2008

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 829-6506

St. George Street

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Attraction

St. George Street Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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St. George Street is the center of the historic district in St. Augustine. Filled with shops and historic buildings, it runs parallel to the Mantanza river. This outdoor pedestrian only area is filled with the basic tourist shops that are in every city with t-shirts, faux historic artifacts and candy shops. If you're looking for generic souvenirs, this is the place to go. If you're looking for history you'll find a little, but not much. At one end is a historic Huguenot cemetery, which is gated and open only during certain hours, as well as the Oldest Schoolhouse and the original Gates of St. Augustine. On the other end of the street is a historic church and The Spanish Quarter Living H...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 4, 2008