Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by chadk78 on April 12, 2005

This ancient coquina fort is the city's most prominent structure. Billed as impregnable (it forced away the British on several occasions), it has flown under four different flags (Spanish, British, American, and Confederate). Admission is $6/adult and worth every dime (your ticket is good for 6 days). Displays inside the fort tell about different aspects of its history, and especially interesting are the exhibits about the Native Americans who were "educated" here and the runaway African slaves who were given their freedom by the Spanish if they would help defend the city. A ranger led us on a very interesting and informative tour that dispelled several myths and ghost stories about the fort. The best part of the tour was walking up to the top and looking out over the water on one side and the skyline of the old city on the other side. Such wonderful views are excellent photo opportunities.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 829-6506

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