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St Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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"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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Castillo de San Marco

This fort was built in the late 1600's on the water by the Spanish. In 1763, it went to English control, and then it went back to the Spanish in 1784. In 1821 the Americans gained control and used it as a prison for American-Indian wars.

This is a picture of the outside wall and moat. If you like old history, you'd love this place.

MandaJ320
Feb 05, 2005

St. Augustine's Fort

Take the tour of the fort. It's well worth the price and you will learn plenty of interesting fact about the early life of Florida.
Constructed started in 1672 and finished many years later. The coquina stone used for contruction was quarried on Anastasta Island.

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doolemma
Nov 09, 2003

Bastion of San Augustin

Once inside with a good self-guided map, you can visit the different features of the fort: the courtyard, the chapel, the blacksmith and wood shops, and the four Bastions - the arrowhead-shaped projections from the four corners of the fort which jutted out serving to provide crossfire with other bastions.

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mtncorg
Oct 30, 2003

Ramp and Fort Interior

The ramp was originally smooth to make it easier to pull cannons up. Steps were added in the mid 18th century. Also, you find the kitchens, ordnance and powder rooms, officer and soldier qurters, guard rooms, a British room (they held the fort for 21 years) and, of course , La Necessaria - the fort's toilets which used the tides to flush.

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Oct 30, 2003
 
 
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Ravelin and Drawbridge

You enter the fort through the ravelin, a small fortification that prevented the enemy from firing directly therough the main entrance or Sally Port. The drawbridge took about 15 minutes to raise or lower.

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Oct 30, 2003

Visit Castillo de San Marcos...

Visit Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
This fort is the oldest masonry fort in the United States and for more than 3 centuries it has overlooked the nation’s oldest continuously settled European community. Construction of the fort began in 1672 and it was finished in 1695. The fort is built of coquina, which is a shell stone, which is quarried across the bay from St Augustine. Bombardment by canon caused little damage to the walls of the fort and a lot of frustration to the attackers! The British attacked the fort twice. In 1702 they captured the town and forced more then 1,000 people into the fort for a long siege. In 1740 they tried again without success. Spain though had more troubles coming as they lost the vital city of Havana to the British, and in order to regain this port they traded Florida to Great Britain. Britain only stayed in St Augustine for 21 years. The city and the entire Florida peninsula were returned to Spain as part of the negotiations ending the American War for Independence in 1783. Spain found it hard to lure Spaniards from Europe or other colonies though. Eventually, through a treaty signed in 1821, the fort and Florida went into American hands. The fort was later used for many tasks including service as a prison for Indians. The fort was decommissioned in 1900 and became a national landmark.

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margaretvn
Aug 24, 2002

Check out the views from the fort

The Castillo de San Marcos was built 1672-1695. I enjoyed touring the fort. There are many nooks and crannies to explore, as well as the panoramic views of the bay from the upper level.

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Aug 20, 2006

Fortress

This old Spanish fortress was protecting the city from invasions from the sea. You can walk inside and take a tour.

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Nov 13, 2003

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Castillo de Marcos

The oldest masonry fortification in the United States. Built in 1672 by the Spainish to protect St. Augustine from the English expansion.

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Nov 09, 2003

Bastion of San Carlo

On the Bastion of San Carlo, you see the tall belltower from which alarm was raised when the enemy was sighted or a cannon ball was on its way towards the fort.

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Oct 30, 2003

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

A very old Fort built from 1672 to 1692. The walls are 4 to 9 meters wide.

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Sep 08, 2003

NEAT OLD SPANISH FORT

In this old fort you can see how the soldiers lived in the early years of the U.S. There are still a lot of old cannons and morters to view.

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Oct 27, 2002

Things to Do Near Castillo de San Marcos

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Ripley's Believe It or Not

robert ripley was a famous cartoonist and an avid world traveler in the first half of the 20 th century. ripley scoured the world for unusual artifacts. over 800 objects of his collection are on...
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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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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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Mission of Nombre de Dios

Like they did later in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico, the Spanish used religious missions to control local lands and native populations throughout modern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina,...
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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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Getting to Castillo de San Marcos

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1 South Castillo Drive

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  • Sunday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Monday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Tuesday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Wednesday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Thursday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Friday 08:45 to 17:15
  • Saturday 08:45 to 17:15

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