This is your complete guide to Tour St Augustine FL. Use this as a reference to be sure to include all the highlights for your visit to St. Augustine.
I recently visited St. Augustine, FL and would like to share my experiences with you on the best there is to do there. I had visited there probably over 30 years ago, so there was very little I remembered about the experience. Save this as a reference when you Tour St Augustine FL.
Let’s start with some history–Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain in 1513. Not only did those early settlers have to live in fear of attacks by pirates who roamed the coast, but the French were also trying to establish control of the area. In 1672, construction of fort Castillo de San Marcos was begun to protect Spain’s interest in the area. Today, St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in North America.
I highly recommend the Old Town Trolley Tours for a sightseeing trip to St. Augustine. The beauty of this tour is that you have the opportunity to hop off and on the trolley at any of the 23 stops along the route. When you get off, another trolley will be along in about 15 minutes. I also liked the fact that it was a narrated tour–the trolley driver told about details along the route.
I would recommend that you plan an early day in order to get as much out of the tour as possible. You can start your tour at the Old Town Main Depot which has free parking, or at the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center which also has free parking. I believe there would be an advantage to parking at the welcome center if it was a weekend or during peak times. If you park at the welcome center, a bus takes you to the Old Town Main Depot to start the tour. A nice map is provided, free of charge, showing the stops along the route.
St. George Street is where it is happening if you like shopping and restaurants. Back in the day, it was St. Augustine’s main street and pretty much still is today. This four-block-long street is only for pedestrian traffic.
For me, the highlight of the day was touring the fort Castillo de San Marcos. This is an impressive fortress that stands today and symbolizes the New World early struggles. You are free to roam upper and lower levels of the fort. Here you will find breathtaking views of the Matanzas River.
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View of the Matanzas River from Fort Castillo de San Marcos
It is worth noting that if you plan to visit the Fountain of Youth, you will want to devote at least a couple of hours to this alone. This is an archeological site where you can actually sip the water, so I believe it would be worth your time to visit at least once.
There is so much history to explore in St. Augustine, you could spend several days and not see it all. Other possibilities to explore include several museums, a distillery, a winery, a chocolate factory, and the oldest house–just to name a few.
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