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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.
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine memorializes the place where Ponce de Leon is said to have landed on his expedition to the United States. Here, you can drink from the fabled Fountain of Youth said to grant eternal life without aging. The park also serves to celebrate the Timucuan and Spanish history of the city. All of these sights are topped off with free-roaming peacocks and the opportunity to try on an authentic conquistador helmet; so you’re guaranteed to have a memorable experience at the Fountain of Youth.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm has been open for more than a century, making it one of the oldest zoological preserves in the state. The farm is home to albino alligators, exotic birds, komodo dragons, crocodiles, lemurs, native Florida reptiles and many other creatures. A quintessential Florida attraction, the Alligator Farm’s recently added zip-line allows you to zip across the entire park to view all the animals from above. From wildlife shows to conservation programs, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm has something to please every visitor.
Experience a one-of-a-kind evening of mystery and enchantment at the “Magic Hideaway,” hosted by award-winning Master Magician Bill Abbott at the iconic Casa Monica Resort & Spa. Sip on a complimentary cocktail in the luxurious Cobalt Lounge before being transported to a boutique showroom with a vintage jazz vibe. With interactive illusions happening just inches away from you, this intimate magic show promises to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your time in St. Augustine. Don’t miss your chance to witness Bill Abbott’s captivating performance!
O’Steen’s Restaurant in St. Augustine is known for its famous fried shrimp with delicious pink dipping sauce. During your vacation in the city, make time to stop by the restaurant and sample this St. Augustine specialty. Tourists and locals will often be gathered outside, waiting to enjoy some of the finest food in the city. The restaurant is also conveniently located just past the Lion’s Bridge and historic downtown, so you won’t have to drive far for great food.
Castillo De San Marcos is a national monument located in the center of St. Augustine. The fort was constructed in 1672 and survived through many attacks during colonial wars. An array of historical and cultural influences helped make the fort a popular attraction for visitors to St. Augustine. A visit to Castillo De San Marcos is not complete without the unique opportunity to watch authentic cannon firings during the weekends. Actors dress in traditional garb and fire cannons, a truly awe-inspiring experience for visitors and locals alike.