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  • 1 Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Castillo Dr. at Orange St.

    Defender of St. Augustine since the beginning of the 18C, the coquina-walled Castillo withstood every enemy attack that beset it and today ranks among the best-preserved examples of Spanish Colonial fortifications in the New World.

  • 2 Gonzales-Alvarez House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    14 St. Francis St.

    This handsome dwelling is thought to be St. Augustine's oldest extant residential structure. It was built in the early 18C for the Hernandez family, and experienced many modifications and uses over the decades. Furnishings date from Florida's Territo..

  • 3 Fort Matanzas National Monument Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    8635 A1A South

    A 300-acre park here preserves a coquina watchtower erected in 1742 to defend Matanzas Inlet, but it was in 1565 that the course of Florida's history was forever altered here when Spanish soldiers slaughtered some 250 captive French forces, ending Fr..

  • 4 Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    38 Cathedral Place

    A scalloped facade and tower mark the oldest Catholic parish in the nation. Inside, massive decorated timbers support the lofty ceiling above floors of colorful Cuban tile. A large, ornamental reredos of gold and white wood, incorporating the marble ..

  • 5 Flagler College Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    74 King St.

    Formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel and closed in 1967, the hotel building now houses the facilities of Flagler College. It's worth taking a tour to see the interior, which was designed by glass artist Louis C. Tiffany and incorporates the original oak ..

  • 6 Ximenez-Fatio House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    20 Aviles St.

    This two-story coquina residence operated as a boardinghouse for most of the 19C. The structure was built in 1798 by Spanish merchant Andrés Ximenez as his residence and general store. Under a later owner, the establishment thrived as St. Augustine's..

  • 7 Lightner Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    75 King St.

    This striking building was formerly Henry Flagler's Hotel Alcazar. Today the corridors and the rooms where guests once stayed contain a wild assortment of decorative arts and collectibles, everything from art glass and antiques to fruit-crate art and..

  • 8 St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    999 Anastasia Blvd.

    Plan to attend the informative shows in the reptile theater, where knowledgeable staff handle Florida snakes and even a white alligator. You may wonder if the alligators sunning themselves in the main pen are alive, since they stay immobile for long ..

  • 9 Government House Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    48 King St.

    First constructed in 1599, the house ultimately became the official governor's residence. A crumbling hulk by 1687, it was rebuilt of more durable coquina, but succumbed to fire during the British attack in 1702. After 1821 the US government used the..

  • 10 Old St. Augustine Village Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    250 St. George St.

    A full city block with nine homes formed part of the original 16C walled colonial town. The oldest is the Prince Murat House (1790), once home to Achille Murat, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. A Spanish Colonial constructed of coquina, the house contai..

  • 11 Colonial Spanish Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    33 St. George St.

    Enter through Florencia House and walk the grassy "streets" of St. Augustine, c.1740. The dwellings of a foot soldier, an artillery sergeant and a cavalryman reveal the variations in wealth, rank and status of soldiers based at the Castillo..

  • 12 Marineland Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    9600 Oceanshore Blvd.

    Marineland began operating in 1938 as an underwater film studio to shoot footage of marine life. It quickly became a tourist attraction. Techniques for photographing dolphin behavior and recording dolphin sounds were pioneered here, and today the par..

  • 13 Mission de Nombre de Dios Interesting

    Religious buildings

    27 Ocean Ave.

    Menéndez' chaplain marked the event by celebrating Mass, thus establishing the Mission de Nombre de Dios, the first Catholic mission in the US. Though nothing remains today of the original structures, the gleaming cross, erected in 1966 to commemorat..

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