St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the continental United States. There are 451 years of history to be discovered in St. Augustine, so it’s no wonder why the city is overflowing with a wealth of culture. Countless cultural events, museums and historical sights can be found listed. These three ideas for experiencing St. Augustine culture are just the start of your dive in the nation’s oldest town.
1. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
History buffs and sightseers alike can enjoy the spot that many consider the symbol of America’s origins. The country’s oldest masonry fort rests on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, and offers views that some of history’s most ambitious explorers have witnessed. The monument site itself is a 20-acre fort that has been partially reconstructed to accurately depict the walled defense line. You can take a tour of the monument, watch battle reenactments, or just explore a piece of history that helped shape the United States.
2. St. Augustine Art Association
The St. Augustine Art Association has been a fixture in the community since its’ founding in 1924. No group or association understands better how important the arts are to the region – both Native American and European. The Association’s hub is located in the Historic District, and hosts monthly exhibits of juried work by both professional and rising artists from all over the world. The gallery also hosts a collection of “Lost Colony” art, providing a firsthand look at the first culture that developed in the region. Check the event schedule before visiting for updates on workshops, lectures, children’s programs, and concerts.
3. St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Escape the beach for a night of music while you’re staying in northeast Florida. The St. Augustine Amphitheater is considered one of the premier theater venues in the region, hosting a wide variety of shows that the whole family will enjoy. The Amphitheatre was originally built in 1965 as an homage to the 400th anniversary of St. Augustine.
The multi-purpose arts and recreation facility consists of a 16-acre outdoor theater with 4,100 seats, four concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate set of trails that hug the city of St. Augustine. You’ll definitely want to check the event schedule and plan well ahead to get tickets at this popular outdoor venue to catch a glimpse of St. Augustine Florida culture.