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St. Augustine Beach and Old Downtown Helicopter Tour
"You'll enjoy a bird's eye view of such landmarks as the St. Augustine Lighthouse the Bridge of Lions the Castillo de San Marcos Flagler College and the Nombre de Dios Mission before swinging west around the south side of town and north to capture spectacular views of the Old Downtown against the beautiful Florida coastline.Please note St. Augustine is approx. 98 miles from Orlando. Flight"""On this survey of downtown St. Augustine via Helicopter
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"From there you will cross the St. Augustine inlet to Anastasia Island to catch a bird's eye view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse the Bridge of Lions the Castillo de San Marcos Flagler College and the Nombre de Dios Mission before swinging west around the south side of town and back north to capture spectacular views of the Old Downtown set against the beaches of St. Augustine.Flight distance is 15 miles."
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Discover St Augustine: Attractions Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off
"On your visit to St Augustine take some time to learn the history of the oldest European-settled city in the United States. There are several ways to experience this historic city -- visit the Old Jail experience the Oldest Store museum explore the history museum and see the city via the Old Town hop-on hop-off trolley. It's a great way to see all that St Augustine has to offer.Old Jail: Built in 1890 by Henry Flagler the Old Jail of St Augustine is one of the oldest of its kind and despite being renovated maintains its original feel. It’s a perfect choice for families as actors dressed in time-period outfits take you back to the time when this was a maximum-security prison.St Augustine History Museum: Get a look into St Augustine's past at the history museum! With dozens of artifacts dating back centuries
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National Monument - The oldest stone fort in the U.S. Built 1672-1695 as an outpost of the Spanish Empire to guard St. Augustine. It was also used to protect the sea route for ships returning to Spain.
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Aug 24, 2002

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The fort is the oldest in the US and is the absolute cornerstone of the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida. As the oldest masonry fort and the best-preserved example of Spanish fortification in the US , it is quite a significant place to explore American history and much overlooked in my opinion. Though ground was broken in 1672, it was not completed until 1756 so it was many years in the making and underwent many alterations as it changed hands from British to Spanish to French control. It is an historical gem;-)A 'must see' in any trip to Florida!

The fort itself is a quadrangular with four-bastions and a now dry moat that used to ebb and flow with the tide. The outer walls are over 12 feet thick at the base, tapering to 7 feet at the top and are built of coquina blocks quarried on nearby Anastasia Island.
It reminds me a bit of the castillo in San Juan Puerto Rico and its 80 miles from my doorstep!

The fort protected St. Augustine from pirate raids throughout its existance and from the Spanish foe, British foe or French foe....depending on who occupied the area throughout its history. In its earliest days it was also a prison for American Indians.

It was also given a number of different names during its long history. After Florida was turned over to Great Britain in 1763, it was called Fort St. Mark. In 1825, it was named Ft. Marion, and in 1924 was declared a national monument, turned over to the National Park Service and restored to its original name Castillo de San Marcos.

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Aug 24, 2002

St Augustine

Favorite thing The fort was my favorite thing, probably because it was the only thing that we saw! Definately need to get back to Florida to see more of it.

Fondest memory I don't know if this is a fondest memory, but the drive across the Florida panhandle was very, how should I put this, BORING! I thought driving across Kansas was bad, but Florida is right up there if you drive along the interstate. I have heard if you drive along the coast, it's pretty. Learned that lesson the first time, will not repeat it again in the future!

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Aug 21, 2003
 
 
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Alligator Farm

We love watching the alligators and decided to visit this zoo though it was a bit of a hike from Orlando. It was well worth the effort and we would certainly visit it again if we stay in Florida...
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Old City

The Ximenez-Fatio House is a historic boarding house dating from 1797. Nowadays it's a museum. Staying in line with how everything is presented in this town, I wonder if you can find the oldest...
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Lightner Museum

I have not been to this museum since 1954 when I went with my parents. At that time, my dad mostly took photos of the buttons that were displayed because my grandmother collected buttons. The usual...
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Flagler College

Henry Morrison Flagler's wife, Mary, had always struggled with health problems, became very ill. She and Flagler visited Jacksonville, Florida for the winter. Unfortunately, Mary did not recover. She...
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Basilica of St. Augustine

In 1786, shortly after the retaking of Florida from the British, the Spanish Crown decreed that a new parish church should be built in the growing young town of Saint Augustine. The result was the...
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Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

the gonzalez-alverez house is the oldest spanish colonial dwelling in florida. the site has been occupied since the 1600's and the present structure was built in the early 1700's. the gonzalez-alverez...
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