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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    Fort Matanzas National Monument
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    Fort Matanzas Visitor Center Grounds
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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    Fort Matanzas National Monument
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    St. Augustine

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 11, 2011

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    Old Alcazar hotel-now Lightner Museum
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    Just to the south of the city about 25 miles is a wonderful town, which is the first founded in the US, and the oldest. Spaniards made this are defense position and built a fort at the point. Trade with Indians and later with settlers developed this town into a vibrant community. The fort defended the residents by surrounding the whole area with a high wall. Sites a plentiful in the town, and so many old buildings from the founding to about early 1800's abound. There also is a great college; Flagler, and Lightner Museum which was Alcazar hotel in late 1880's. Fort San Marco was built in 1672 by the Spanish, and enhanced over the years.

    YOu could spend a couple of days here to see and tour sites, and that excludes shopping at 200-300 places, and eating at maybe 50 spots. You do have to "weed" through a lot of touristy type junk and "cruddy" things to do besides, though.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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    Ferry over to Fort Matanzas

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Fort Matanzas National Monument
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    Accessible only by boat (a free ferry is provided), Fort Matanzas is a small stone blockhouse originally built to help defend the nearby historic city of St. Augustine from southern attacks during the days of Spanish occupation. A small ferry shuttles visitors from the main visitor center to the fort site hourly during the daytime. Fort Matanzas is located about an hour south of Jacksonville, right off A1A.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

    by SeaBreezeUSA Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    'A Ghostly Experience' is a 1 1/2 hour walk through the ancient streets of St. Augustine featuring a guide in period attire with candle lit lantern relating tales of legends, lore and ghostly experiences. This nightly tour begins at 8:00 p.m. near the Oldest Wooden School House at the water wheel on North St. George Street. Special prices for groups of 15 or more. You may look forward to a frightfully good time!

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