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Unique St. Augustine Sightseeing Experiences

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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st augustine fountain of youthDrink from the Fountain of Youth

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.

st augustine alligator farmSee Gators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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.

Eat Shrimp at O’Steen’s Restaurant

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.

Old Jail After Dark

Prepare yourself for a spine tingling night you’ll never forget at The Old Jail After Dark. This 45-minute chilling experience allows visitors to participate in an actual paranormal investigation of St. Augustine’s Old Jail. Recognized as one of the most haunted buildings in the country, the Old Jail is shrouded in mystery and lore. The historic building housed prisoners from 1891 to 1953 when it was closed due to its deplorable conditions and the inflicted cruelty on its residents. Eight documented hangings were carried out on this site and many other deaths that can only be described as unnatural. Perhaps these are why many believe the Old Jail is an epicenter for paranormal activity and why it has become a popular destination for ghost hunters everywhere.

Watch Cannon Firings at Castillo De San Marcos

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.

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