|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 – 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 – 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– 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
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.
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!