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    Watch dolphins through giant windows

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 22, 2014

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    Even if you can't afford to interact with the dolphins, you can still go see them through 6 x 10 ft acrylic windows. For about $10 per adult and $6 per child, visitors can watch dolphins swim around and interact with other guests. Visitors will also get some great, scenic views overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean. The gift shop is also quite nice as well!

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    Interact with dolphins at Marineland!

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 21, 2014

    While it is one thing to watch dolphins through underwater viewing glass, it is quite another to actually interact with them. Marineland Dolphin Adventure, located about 15-20 minutes south of St. Augustine, offers a variety of programs by which visitors may interact with dolphins. The most expensive, of course, is to actually swim with dolphins. That costs over $200 per person. I have not done this, but my family did get to take part in another kind of interaction. The “Touch & Feed” program offers a very memorable experience without requiring that anyone gets in the water. Our family was assigned to “Betty,” a spry dolphin in her forties (old by dolphin standards) who really seemed to enjoy her back and tail rubs by human hands. She was even a bit ticklish on her tummy. We also had the privilege to feed Betty chilled fishy treats. (soap and water are close at hand), watch her perform a few trained behaviors, and listen to her squeaks.

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    Grace United Methodist Church

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 20, 2013

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    This building looks like it should be one of the historic buildings. And if you know the history of this church then you will see why it looks that way. The buildings were designed by Carrere and Hastings and erected by McGuire and McDonald, the same architects and contractors that planned and built the Flagler hotels and Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church. As to WHY...

    The first church building for Grace United Methodist Church which was called Olivet Church was constructed on the corner of Tolomato (now known as Cordova St.) and King Streets in St. Augustine FL.

    Mr. Flagler had started construction on the Ponce de Leon Hotel and envisioned a courtyard surrounded by three of his hotels. To accomplish that vision he needed the land where the Olivet Church stood. In 1886, he made a proposal to the trustees to donate the land on the corner of Carrera and Cordova streets and to build a church and parsonage on that site in exchange for the Olivet church land and building. The proposal was accepted and construction started in 1886.

    So that's why it looks like a historic building.

    Public tours are conducted mid-week through Saturday. The church is identified as station # 8 on the historic Saint Augustine tour

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  • Haunted Warehouse 31

    by groogles Written Sep 5, 2011

    I just visited a friend in St. Augustine to play some golf last week. If you have never played golf in the Jacksonville area...great place. Anyway, I've never been a huge fan of someone scaring the crap out of me, but I was persuaded to go to a haunted house called warehouse 31. It was cool because we got to go on a private tour. All I can tell you is, if you are in the Jacksonville area, go get your pants scared off.

    The last time I did something like this it was "haunted" hay ride when I was a teenager. This was a little bit more than that. These people take their jobs really, really seriously. I was almost upset.

    Go check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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    America's oldest aquarium

    by etfromnc Written Jul 22, 2011

    Marineland opened in 1938 and is the oldest aquarium in the United States. I suppose that it could be said that it originated as a movie studio since its original purpose was to duplicate actual ocean habitats for the purpose of filming movies there. In the early years, parts of several Tarzan films, starring Johnny Weissmuller, were filmed there, and since I have a dog who has been compared to him, I must also mention that Benji at Marineland was also filmed there in 1981.
    I do not think that I had ever heard this term used before I started research for this tip but Marineland is also known as the world's first oceanarium. That is the arrangement, which is very common today, where you can actually walk around below water level and view the marine flora and fauna through large portholes (in the earlier iterations) or glass walls in later versions, such as the Baltimore Aquarium. The most popular aspect of most aquariums is the opportunity to see the "training of marine animals." This means dolphins at Marineland of Florida and several other aquariums but also means Killer Whales at many aquariums. From the outset of public dolphin training shows in the late 1940s until the advent of Disney World, Universal Studios, et al., Marineland of Florida was the number one tourist attraction of Florida often drawing 500,000 visitors per year.
    As the glamor and glitz of theme parks began to overshadow dolphin shows, Marineland evolved into its current more educational, hands-on emphasis. Today, you can swim with, feed, touch, even paint with, and, of course, have your picture made with Marineland's dolphins.

    'Marineland was conceived as a window to the oceans. Today, the Dolphin Conservation Center continues to serve as a link between the public and marine world, promoting awareness of our fragile marine and coastal environments. [Their] goal is to inspire a commitment to the protection of these precious resources, so everyone, man and marine life alike, can all enjoy a better tomorrow."

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    Wax Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 13, 2011

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    If you run out of other things to do/see, you can walk into the Potter's Wax Museum, and decide if you recognize anyone familiar that waxed; besides yourself. I mean that in that the place is not all that big, and the price is $10 to enter.

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    Boat Rides

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 13, 2011

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    Boat rides along the coast is one method of seeing some sites and enjoy the water. Rides are usually form around the Castillo de SAn Marco area, and cost can be $17 for adults, and $13-14 for seniors. The rides are generally 90 minutes and they give a story history of the town and founding. Sailboat rides run around $25

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    Pirate Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2011

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    This is one that was recommended for its artifacts and displays of the days of pirates when they reigned in the 1700-1800's. It has a replica of a ship galley, tavern, redone street of Jamaica, and some artifacts found.
    The museum we did not go into because it seemed steep in price at $11, and open 9-8 daily

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    Ride for Pleasure & Leisure

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2011

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    This is the "in thing" for those who do not want to walk, or cannot walk. The trams/trains run around the perimeter and inside the main streets and usually makes 20-22 stops. The rides go between 3 and 7 miles, depending on what ride you take. Ripley's offer 7 miles ride that takes 90 minutes around, and that price is around $22. On/off is allowed. The tram at Castillo Dr. is $23 and it also has on/off stops. Seems like a bit of a rip to me since you can walk those 2 miles if you really want to stay in shape.

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  • Exciting New Excursion: St. Augustine Speedboat

    by FloKnows Written May 13, 2011

    I was walking down the marina a few weeks ago and noticed a hot, new speedboat in the dock. It turns out, there is a new excursion--El Conquistador, St. Augustine's new racing speedboat. I had to give it a whirl!
    This was the fastest I have ever moved over the water. The boat hits speeds the equivalent of 70 miles per hour. It was the most exciting thing I have ever done in St. Augustine. It was a bit pricier per hour than most of the tours I take, but it was worth every penny!

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    Father Miguel O'Reilly House

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 5, 2010

    This house was constructed in 1691 during the first Spanish period in St. Augustine, and it is actually older than the "Oldest House." In fact the only building in St. Augustine older than this structure is the Castillo.

    Father Miguel O’Reilly arrived in St. Augustine in 1784 as an Irish priest working for the Spanish king. He bought this house in 1785, which was at the beginning of the Second Spanish Period in the city. He used the house to educate religious students, and upon his death Father O'Reilly willed the house to the Catholic Church. The Sisters of St. Joseph took possession of the house when they arrive in St. Augustine in 1866, and initially restored the building in the 1940s. restored the building in the 1940s.

    The O'Reilly House was refurbished and opened as a museum in 2003. The project was financed with Historical Museums Grants-in-Aid program assistance, provided by the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Secretary of State.

    Museum is open to the public. Admission is free, but donations welcomed.

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    Jacksonville

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 8, 2010

    Jacksonville is the largest American city in terms of land area and was named after Andrew Jackson when he was governor of Florida before he became president. Jacksonville is home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

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    MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    by Michael_D Written Feb 2, 2010

    Florida's first Presbyterian congregation. Established in 1824 by Henry Flagler and dedicated in 1890 as a memorial to his daughter Jenny Louise Benedict who died from complications from childbirth. Mr. Flagler, first wife Mary, daughter Jenny Louise and grand daughter, Marjorie, are entombed in the Flagler family mausoleum on site.

    You can spend hours just looking at the artwork, the Sottish tartans and the 2 drawing rooms. The grounds are very nice, qiet and a great place to people watch as the trams load/unload in front of this magnificent church.

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    EcoTour

    by donpaul77 Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    There are several boat tours of the waters of St. Augustine, and there is one that I can highly recommend. Ecotours provides a 90 minute ecologically focused tour of the river and ocean of St. Augustine. Our guide, Zach, encouraged us to ask questions and he taught us many things that actually enhanced our entire visit to St. Augustine, as we were able to identify many birds and gained a new sensitivity to the local environment.

    On this tour, we got unique looks at dolphins and various exotic birds, as well as some spectacular views of St. Augustine and the old fort. We took an exhilarating ride out past Porpoise Point and into the open ocean.

    The best part is that the tour takes only six people, maximum. For $35, it was well worth it. Our guide, Zach, was excellent, and the money you pay helps fund the company's dolphin research.

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    Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    Spanish Constitution of 1812 Monument - This is a very interesting and probably one-of-a-kind monument in the world. When Napoleon was removed from power in Spain in 1812 and a constitutional parliamentary government formed, the new parliament quickly declared all plazas in the Spanish empire be renamed Plazas de la Constitución. In Saint Augustine, like all other cities in the empire, the plaza was renamed, and in 1813 the Constitution Monument was constructed. In 1814, however, the parliament was removed, and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII was restored to power. One of his first royal orders was that all of these constitution monuments be destroyed; the local government of St. Augustine ignored the decree, and it is believed this is the only remaining original monument for Spain's 1812 constitutional government.

    Confederate War Memorial - The 25 foot tall obelisk, in the center of the plaza is called the Confederate War Memorial, and it was constructed in 1872. Four plaques around the base of the monument list the town's 45 Civil War dead.

    Slave Market Building - Early in the Spanish era a wooden building was constructed for use as a guard post and watchtower, then as a general market. This structure stood on the east edge of the square near the original water line, allowing goods to be unloaded at the market from the boats. The original wooden building collapsed in 1833 and was replaced in 1840 by the present pavilion. It was not built for the purpose of slave trade, but records indicate that slaves were sold here.

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