St. Augustine Journals

Historic Downtown St. Augustine

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A travel journal to St. Augustine by airynfaerie

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Photo, St. Augustine, Florida More Photos
Quote: It's easy to enjoy several days in St. Augustine as there are many historic sites to visit in the downtown area.

Old Town Trolley

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Attraction | "Trolley and Train Tours"

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Many visitors to St. Augustine choose to take one of the popular trolley or train tours around the city. For this quaint town, these are the equivalent to the double-decker red buses throughout many big cities around the world. Instead, in St. Augustine visitors ride around in multi-car open linked train cars (except for when the weather is rainy or cold, then there are clear coverings usedas protection).Located in the "Nation's Oldest City", St. Augustine offers many sites for visitors to experience, and these tours cover most of the ground in the historic downtown section of the city. Through the years I've taken both the main tours and don't remember one being much different or better t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2010

Old Town Trolley
167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-3800

Oldest House

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Attraction | "Nation's Oldest House"

Oldest House Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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One of the popular stops for tourists visiting the "Nation's Oldest City" is the "Oldest House". Not only is there the original structure to see, but there's also a museum, art gallery, garden, and bookstore to visit.If you decide to take one of the trolley tours available around town, you'll surely stop here, and it's a good idea to get off and pay the small admission to actually experience the entire complex. More formally known as the "Gonzalez-Alvarez House", this home is a great example of early colonial architecture and an excellent look into what the early settlers to this area dwelt in. Tour guides show visitors around the grounds with thorough explanations of the historic sites. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2010

Oldest House
271 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 824-2872

Flagler College

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Attraction | "Flagler College aka Ponce de Leon Hotel"

Flagler College Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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If you ask a local of St. Augustine (the nation's oldest European settlement) what the "star" fo the historic downtown area is, it's very likely that they'd answer "Flagler College". This private liberal arts college has one of the most unique campuses in the country, as it's held in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. The college itself was founded in 1968 and has won many awards during the recent years. Expanding the campus to various other buildings throughout the historic area, Flagler College now owns over 15 historic buildings including the center 19 acres of the old hotel property.The Ponce de Leon Hotel was originally build in 1885 in the Spanish Renaissance Revival style and commissio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2010

Flagler College
74 King Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-2424

Lightner Museum

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Attraction | "See the World's Largest (dry) Indoor Pool"

Lightner Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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Just across King Street from the beautiful Flagler College (former Ponce de Leon Hotel) is the equally beautiful Lightner Museum. Also the Lightner Museum was formerly a hotel commissioned by Standard-Oil founder, Henry Flagler, as was the Ponce de Leon hotel. Originally named the Alcazar Hotel, this hotel was built as a sister resort to the Ponce but specialized in spa and health treatments. Built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style, as is Flagler College, it was also constructed in the poured concrete technique somewhat new in the time of it's construction. To appeal to wealthy guests looking for a spa getaway, the hotel offered a steam room, massage parlor, gym, spa baths and the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2010

Lightner Museum
75 King St.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 823-1327

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

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Attraction | "St. Augustine's Historic Fort"

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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One of the most stunning and popular sites in historic downtown St. Augustine is that of the Castillo de San Marcos, most commonly referred to as "the fort". This fort was built to better establish and defend Spain's new conquests in the New World. After St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and defended only by wooden forts for over one hundred years, this large stone for was finally built in 1672.The construction of this fort is unique as it's made of coquina, which is a stone mixture of small shells found in the area. Construction lasted over twenty-three years and finally completed to boast a four-sided star-shaped fort with lookouts over the Matanzas Inlet. Over the years, several battles...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2010

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