Castillo de San Marco

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Valerie_C on March 4, 2008

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 available.

Maps are provided, giving detailed information about each area of the fort and visitors can meet re-enactors throughout the fort who are knowledgeable about aspects of life from the time of British occupation. We watched one re-enactor make a leather pouch that would have been used by soldiers to carry ammunition, and another man dressed as a soldier posed for photos with other tourists.

We visited the fort on a rainy day and, though we went had to go in and out side often to see the different areas, there were plenty of rooms to stay dry in while waiting out the rain, as well as a great deal of history to keep us occupied for well over an hour.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 829-6506

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