If your Florida vacation includes the kids, combine fun with a little bit of education. The kids won’t know they’re living a history lesson when you visit St. Augustine. This Northeast Florida landmark is the Oldest City, influenced by the many settlers over the centuries. The Spanish influence is obvious. Street names like Castillo Drive, San Marco Street and Cordova Street abound. But the British culture remains. Just stroll down St. George Street or Charles Street and stop by a pub for a pint. (Or root beer for the kids). Drink the water from the Fountain of Youth, explore the Oldest School House, and fend off enemy ships at the Castillo de San Marcos, America’s oldest fort. Constructed by the Spanish in the late 1600’s, Castillo de San Marcos is operated by US National Park Service. If you want to spend a day at the beach, just cross the historic Bridge of Lions to Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beach and splash your way through the day. After the sun and sand, if you have any steam left in you at all, take the kids by the hands and climb 219 steps to the top of St. Augustine Lighthouse. The view from the 165 foot tower is breathtaking. To the right see the Atlantic Ocean. To your left the city of St. Augustine in all it’s glory. It’s like looking back in time.
For more on Castillo de San Marcos, including operating hours and fees, click on this National Park Service Article.
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