St. Augustine Historic Sites

By | December 8, 2013
Such a small city with so many historic sites is truly a find. Thanks for the tips!Rebecca, Washington D.C.

There are many worthwhile St. Augustine historic sites to visit.

After all, our title, the “nation’s oldest city” brings with it an abundance of interesting St. Augustine history.

I think many visitors are quite surprised to find out just how much there is to do here.

To see all we have to offer, plan to spend several days.

Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Florida

* Castillo de San Marcos – our world famous National Monument.

*Colonial Spanish Quarter– a living history museum representing 1740’s St. Augustine.

* Mission Nombre de Dios– America’s first mission and site of the founding of St. Augustine in 1565. Look for the 200 foot cross towering above the cities most historic grounds.

Lightner Museum
Lightner Museum, St. Augustine Florida


* Lightner Museum – three floors of antiques from America’s guilded age.Very nice – don’t miss this one.

* Oldest House Complex – a National Historic Landmark operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society.

* Villa Zorayda Museum – an elegant guilded agehome built by Franklin W. Smith in 1883. A favorite!

* Spanish Military Hospital – learn about the advanced medical practices of the Spanish in Colonial times.


Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, St. Augustine Florida


* Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse– a little schoolhouse built in the 1800’s.

* Fountain of Youth – take a sip from the spring Ponce de Leon hoped was his Fountain of Youth.

* Flagler College – tour the former hotel Ponce de Leon built by Henry Flagler in 1887. It is currently the home of Flagler College.

* St. Augustine Lighthouse – a spectacular view 165 feet above sea level. Climb to the top of the tower, visit the museum, and learn about the preservation of this historic landmark.

* Old Jail – tour this historic jail built by Henry Flagler in 1891. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* Dow Museum of Historic Houses (formerly Old St. Augustine Villages) – nine historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910.

* Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine – dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768

Historic St. Augustine Churches

You’ll find many beautiful historic sites & churches as you explore St. Augustine, many built in the 1800’s. Be sure to allot a few hours during your visit to tour these lovely churches.

St. Augustine History

Living here, I tend to forget just how much history there is. Many of the schools from around the state bring their fourth grade students here on field trips. A great place to experience Florida history!



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