ABOUT SAINT AUGUSTINE On August 28, 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles first sighted the coast of Florida and twelve days later founded a new city and named it St. Augustine. Visitors to America’s oldest city soon realize that this is indeed a different sort of city – a place where history is on every street corner and where the ancient buildings and narrow brick-paved streets create an ambiance that is more like Spain than the familiar feel of downtown America.
|DAY TRIPS STARTING AT $119|
|Ripleys Train Ride: Get acquainted with the city and learn its rich history on a ninety minute train ride.|
|Fort Castillo de San Marcos: A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history. A bastion of the largest empire ever created, the Castillo was built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World. Though caught in the whirlwinds of colonial warfare and intrigue, it was never defeated in battle. Its scarred walls still stand witness to over 330 years of history and culture. The Castillo comes alive through a diverse range of programs which include Ranger talks, museum exhibits, historical weapons demonstrations, living history reenactments, and special events.|
|Colonial Spanish Quarter: As you stroll through this garrison town, leave today’s world behind and discover life in another time. Visit with the blacksmith, carpenter, or soldier’s wife as they go about their daily activities. Located at 29 St. George St., you’ll see costumed historical interpreters tell the story of everyday life in 1740′s St. Augustine when the city was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. Discover St. Augustine’s best kept secret and only living history museum!|
|Fountain of Youth: Walk the path of Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, where he took possession of the “New World” in the name of the King of Spain. The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, is a 15-acre historical attraction with numerous activities for students. This park contains exhibits which focus on the foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Sites such as the Landmark Spring, the Explorers Globe, and the Navigators’ Planetarium are on site.|
|Alligator Farm: Students will never forget their visit to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, with hundreds of animals including Maximo, a 15 foot long crocodile!|
|Ripley’s Museum: Experience the thrill of adventure while you explore more than 800 exhibits at the Original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.|