We had heard a lot of good things about going to St. Augustine so we were excited to explore. First thing we try and do is go to the Visitors Center and Trip Advisor to get an idea of what we want to put on the list. We also like to do the city tours too so we went on the hop on, hop off trolly which takes you through the town and narrates the different stops – then we decide what we want to do.
St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S. (1565), and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and beaches.
One of the popular stops is the the Castillo de San Marcos Fort. The Monument site consists of 20.5 acres and includes a reconstructed section of the walled defense line surrounding the city of St. Augustine incorporating the original city gate. The Castillo de San Marcos’ architecture and detail are distinctive and unique. It is the oldest masonry and only extant 17th century fort in North America.
The Bridge of Lions is a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine. A part of State Road A1A, it connects downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay. The statues were a gift of Dr. Andrew Anderson (1839–1924). The statues were his last gift, and he did not live long enough to see them installed. He had them made by the Romanelli Studios in Florence, Italy.
We enjoyed our trip to Anastasia State Park. There are abundant wading birds hunting for food along Salt Run, including colorful roseate spoonbills. Osprey and eagles rule the skies and painted buntings and warblers often flit about the hammock forests. We had a great bike ride through the trails. of course with the puppies in tow.
Flagler College was one of the places we stopped to take a tour. Formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel built in 1887 by Henry Flagler made of poured concrete, the interior is decorated with marble, carved oak and murals. The stained glass windows were made by Louis Tiffany.
In 1968 the hotel was converted into a 4 year liberal arts college. There are around 2,500 students. Average room and board is $31,000. Pretty reasonable to study in such a beautiful place. Oh, and Fred met Henry.
What trip would not be complete with out getting out on the water. We went on the tour boat to see some pretty sites.
No, we saw the boat above, we went on the boat below.
One of the most popular times to visit St. Augustine is during the holidays when they light up the town. We already made reservations to come back for New Years.
Next up………the bus rolls into Hilton Head Island.