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Lightner Museum Announces Dressing Downton™ Exhibition

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The Lightner Museum will present an exquisite collection of 36 original costume pieces seen on the award-winning television series Downton Abbey®. On its final stop of a highly successful tour which began at the Biltmore Estate in February 2015, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times™ will be presented in the museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.

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Fall Things To Do In St. Augustine, FL

As the USA’s oldest city, St. Augustine is a vacation destination that draws visitors from all over the world. Steeped in history, natural beauty and a wealth of interesting sites and attractions, the Ancient City offers an unforgettable experience to people of all ages. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway, a romantic escape or an extended family vacation, fall is one of the best times to discover all St. Augustine has to offer.

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Historic Churches of St. Augustine

Houses of worship have played a significant role in St. Augustine’s history. Established by various denominations, these sanctuaries proclaim the faith of settlers who came to Florida in the hope of a better life.

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Things To Do In The Colonial Quarter

The Spanish Quarter, also known as the Colonial Quarter, captures the essence of St. Augustine’s rich heritage. A visit here takes you back more than 300 years and offers you a chance to engage in a variety of interesting activities and see numerous points of interest. There is much to do and see in and around this historic area.

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Things To Do Near Castillo de San Marcos

The oldest masonry structure of its kind in the continental United States, Castillo de San Marcos was built by the Spanish in 1672. Constructed to guard the coastline against invasion, the historic fort was occupied by military forces for more than 250 years before being deactivated and taken over by the National Park System. Here’s a guide to what you’ll see and do while visiting this St. Augustine fort.

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Things To Do On St. George Street

A pedestrian-only thoroughfare, bustling St. George Street is the epicenter of downtown St. Augustine. Chock full of shops, restaurants, art galleries and attractions, this historic street is a must for any visitor to the Nation’s Oldest City.

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Unique Things To Do

St. Augustine’s rich history and natural beauty make it one of the best vacation spots in Florida. From pirate lore to appetizing eats, a vacation in St. Augustine is both memorable and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a unique sightseeing experience in the city, read on to find out about hidden gems and one-of-a-kind adventures in St. Augustine.

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Things To Do With Family

What has four centuries of history, magnificent beaches and the fountain of youth? St. Augustine. The nation’s oldest city has all this and so much more. Architectural wonders built by Henry Flagler, museums, iconic landmarks, quaint shops, exceptional restaurants… the list goes on. If you’ve come with the family, you’re all in for an amazing vacation experience.

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Things to Do in the Winter

Escape to St. Augustine during the winter for fun in the sun and an abundance of activities, events and attractions. The nation’s oldest city, situated right on Florida’s east coast, tends to have very mild temperatures while the rest of the country experiences snow. Here are some of the top things to do in St. Augustine during winter.

 

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Things To Do With Kids

Looking for the most efficient and entertaining way to visit many of the things to do in St. Augustine with kids? Look no further because Old Town Trolley Tours offers parents a relaxing way to tour all the best St. Augustine attractions for kids. Parents don’t have to worry about searching for directions to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, driving to the Authentic Old Jail, or finding parking while traveling from all of St. Augustine’s best attractions.

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Fountain of Youth

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Begin your visit at the centerpiece of the Fountain of Youth. The Spring House is a 60-year-old coquina building that encompasses Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Eternal Hope. Spend a few moments looking at the signed guest books stretching back to 1868. And arrive thirsty because the spring is believed to hold magical powers to restore the youth of anyone who drinks from its waters.

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Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Peaceful and serene, the Mission of Nombre de Dios is a place where everyone can feel at home. Shrines and statues are surrounded by lush greenery and trees and welcome visitors from every corner of the earth. It is here that the Great Cross, which rises 208 feet, was erected in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first parish mass.

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Castillo de San Marcos

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The oldest masonry structure of its kind in the continental United States, Castillo de San Marcos was built and constructed to guard the coastline against invasion. Take some time to wander around this massive fort that overlooks the sea on the St. Augustine coast. Walk through the numerous rooms that were once home to war soldiers and prisoners. Out on the large interior courtyard, you’ll see the gun deck and enjoy magnificent views of the city.

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Flagler College

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What better place to study Liberal Arts than inside an oasis of architectural beauty? Flagler College, situated on the grounds of the original Ponce de Leon Hotel, offers students four-year degrees in several dozen areas of study. The hotel was known for its opulent setting and luxurious amenities. Many millions of dollars have been spent renovating and restoring the historic buildings, and visitors as well as students spend many hours just enjoying the ambiance.

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Ghosts & Gravestones

 

Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let our Ghost Host be your guide. Face your fears in Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors and then ENTER the Town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour!

You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside Two of the city’s most haunted buildings!

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Lightner Museum

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Elegance and history, grace and sophistication all come together in the glorious rooms, walkways and exhibits at the Lightner Museum. Originally The Hotel Alcazar, the building was built by Henry Flagler and is a magnificent example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Browse through costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and collections that bring back the grand Gilded Age, a marvelous period in the 19th century. See beautiful works of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the celebrated work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tour the museum and take a historical journey that will not soon be forgotten.

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Villa Zorayda Museum

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When visiting Villa Zorayda, make sure to leave yourself a good hour to explore this architectural and cultural gem. It’s been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and houses one of the most unique collections of antiquities in America. Such rarities on display include the “Sacred Cat Rug,” which is over 2,400 years old and said to be made from the hairs of ancient cats that roamed the Nile River. You can also see hand-carved tropical hardwood furniture and impressive interior details like the flooring and windows.

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Grace United Methodist Church

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Constructed by Henry Flagler, the Grace United Methodist Church is a lovely site and a place of special interest in the Old City. Its Spanish style, terracotta spire and moldings are a continuing reminder of the impact of Spain on the entire city. Located at 8 Carrera Street, the Church was built in the late 1800’s, and was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in the 1970’s. Services are held here throughout the week and visitors are welcome.

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Fernando-Lambias House

Built in 1763, the Fernando-Lambias House is one of the many original coquina structures in the city. Its charming setting and pretty design make it a special place for weddings and other events. Visitors can enjoy its lovely exterior and during the third week of every month are able to tour the interior.

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Oldest House

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A St. Augustine attraction for history enthusiasts, curious souls and those who enjoy marvelous architecture, The Oldest House Museum Complex offers many things for many people. Owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the complex includes Florida’s Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store. The González-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial home in Florida.

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Ancient City Baptist Church

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Ancient City Baptist Church was organized January 20, 1887 with 18 charter members. The tan brick sanctuary with its Norman tower and oval stained glass windows was dedicated on February 2, 1896.

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Pirate & Treasure Museum

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An incredible adventure for kids and adults of all ages, the Pirate & Treasure Museum offers visitors a chance to journey back to the era of the Golden Age of Piracy. This unique museum showcases one of the largest collections of rare pirate artifacts in the world including Captain Thomas Tew’s 17th Century Treasure Chest and the Journal of Captain Kidd’s Final Voyage in 1699.

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Scenic Cruise

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The Scenic Cruise company was founded more than a century ago when Frank Usina and his wife settled in North Beach, which at the time was only accessible by boat. In the early days, Frank would ferry guests of the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Alcazar Hotel back and forth from St. Augustine to North Beach, showing them the beautiful sites along the way and treating them to oysters, Minorcan cuisine, music and dancing.

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Ripleys Believe It Or Not

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Walk in amazement and wonder as you see more than 800 exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. Everything from the weird and unusual to the exotic is on display and ready to excite and entertain people of all ages. The museum is the original Ripley’s Believe it or Not, opening in 1950 just a few months after Robert Ripley’s death. Here, people can explore and interact, witness incredible illusions and see for themselves what Ripley collected from his travels around the world—many too outlandish to believe.

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Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

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Visually exquisite, the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church was built by Henry Flagler in 1889. It is one of his most significant projects, because it was constructed as a memorial to Flagler’s only daughter, Jenny. The mausoleum adjacent to the church is where Flagler, his daughter, granddaughter and first wife are buried.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse

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Like so many other sites in St. Augustine, the Lighthouse is a cherished landmark from another era. It’s significant for two main reasons—first because of its role as a vital watchtower that led ships safely into the St. Augustine port for more than a hundred years and second because of its longstanding survival as an architectural icon to the city. The original lighthouse was closed in 1874 on the same day that the new one was completed.

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St. George Street

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A pedestrian-only thoroughfare, bustling St. George Street is the epicenter of downtown St. Augustine. Chock full of shops, restaurants, art galleries and attractions, this historic street is a must for any visitor to the Nation’s Oldest City.

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Alligator Farm

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Visit the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine to be amazed, intrigued and thoroughly entertained. Do things like pet an alligator, watch a feeding and see wild species like Albino Alligators, herons, spoonbills and woodstorks. You’ll also get a gander at toucans, parrots, Australian emus and seven different types of monkeys. Gaze in amazement at Maximo, a 36-year-old, 15 foot, 1,250 pound Crocodile. If his massive size and weight don’t astound you, the story of his life, so far, probably will. He was captured as an egg in Australia and was donated to the United States.

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Carriage Rides

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For a truly memorable experience while visiting St. Augustine, take a whimsical ride on one of the various Horse-drawn carriages. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Castillo de San Marcos and the activity in the picturesque harbor as you enjoy a nostalgic step back to a simpler time—horse-drawn carriage rides throughout St. Augustine are just one of the many ways visitors can relive the history of our nation’s oldest city.

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Oldest Wooden School House

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Made completely by hand, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is an architectural and historical icon in St. Augustine. Dating back to the early 18th century, a visit to the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is an inspiring experience. Originally the building had no electricity, no running water, no kitchen or bathroom.

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Colonial Quarter

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The Spanish Quarter, also known as the Colonial Quarter, captures the essence of St. Augustine’s rich heritage. A visit here takes you back more than 300 years and offers you a chance to engage in a variety of interesting activities and see numerous points of interest. There is much to do and see in and around this historic area.

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Black Raven

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The Pirate Ship Black Raven is a one-of-a-kind live pirate show full of music, thrills and pure entertainment! Participate in our adventure, sing along with our crew, and find your inner pirate while you see the beautiful sights of the Matanzas River.

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Schooner Freedom

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The Schooner Freedom gives its guests an opportunity to experience a sail reminiscent of an authentic 19th century Blockade Runner. St. Augustine’s own tall ship, the Freedom was constructed in 1982 and is a double masted 72’ replica of the topsail ships of that time. Choose a fun-filled day sail or relaxing evening cruise—your two hours on board this spectacular vessel will include music, sightseeing and perhaps even manatees, dolphins and other friendly wildlife.

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Spanish Military Hospital Museum

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The Spanish Military Hospital Museum offers visitors a look into how healthcare operated during the Spanish Colonial Period. The building that the museum is housed in is a reconstruction of a Military Hospital that was on the same site in the late 1700s. As you tour the museum, you’ll be given an inside look into how patients were treated here. From the ward beds to the surgeon’s tools and even the mourning room where patient’s last rites were given by Priests, the museum is an interesting and unique spot to see.

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

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A visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is an inspirational experience for people of all faiths. The Church was founded in 1565 and was rebuilt many times. Through the age of exploration, pirates and the Flagler years, the church has been a vital part of the religious community in the city. The Church is located on Cathedral Street in the heart of downtown St. Augustine and is a designated National Historical Landmark. Today, its amazing past and exquisite Spanish architecture both inside and out awe visitors from around the world.

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Government House

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The Government House has long been the home to many administrative and political offices. Throughout its many centuries of existence (the earliest records date back to the late 16th century), it has been a residence for Governors, a courthouse, a post office, government offices and more. Following the plans of the royal decree from Spain, it along with other major buildings in town, faces the central plaza. Visitors of all ages benefit from the many exhibits and learning activities available in the museum.

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Tolomato Cemetery

As with many of the significant sites in our nation’s oldest city, the Tolomato Cemetery offers visitors a glimpse into the diverse history of the people who lived and died in St. Augustine. It’s one of Florida’s oldest cemeteries, and is known to be the final resting place of many confederate soldiers. Before 1763, the Cemetery was the site of the Christian Indian Village of Tolomato.

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Potter’s Wax Museum

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Potter’s Wax Museum is located on Orange Avenue in historic St. Augustine and offers visitors a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous people up close. The figures are known for their remarkable likeness to the characters they represent due to the process that’s used to create them. Each one is custom-tailored with real hair placed on one strand at a time. The eyes are handmade in Germany and the hands are sculpted in Belgium.

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San Sebastian Winery

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According to historians, St. Augustine is believed to be the birthplace of American wine dating back to 1562. And so it only makes sense that one of the country’s premier wineries, San Sebastian Winery, would call the Nation’s Oldest City home.

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Old Drug Store

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For a contrast to today’s high-tech pharmacies, stop in at the Oldest Drug Store located in Historic downtown. You won’t see any computers – instead, antique cash registers, wood floors and bottles of remedies, elixirs and tonics are a charming representation of an era gone by. Be sure to visit the gift shop where you can pick up collectibles, jewelry and seasonal items.

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St. Augustine Distillery

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The St. Augustine Distillery, housed in a historic ice manufacturing plant built in 1917, is now meticulously restored as a working distillery. The Distillery’s opening in March, 2014, coincided with the release of the first spirit produced legally in northeast Florida since Prohibition. Free daily public tours include information about Florida’s distilling heritage and the building’s former life as an ice plant, as well as a tasting room and a chance to watch spirits being made from scratch using age-old techniques in two copper pot stills.

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Old Jail

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Home to prisoners for over 60 years, the Old Jail in St. Augustine looks more like a resort than a maximum-security facility. The original structure was built in 1891 by Henry Flagler; and although it has been restored and renovated throughout the years, it looks very much the way it did when it opened over a century ago.

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