St. Augustine, FL attracts thousands of travelers every year. Touted as the oldest city in the United States, there is an abundance of centuries old history to be celebrated, but also plenty of fun-filled activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. Your sightseeing plans can include a variety of things while you’re here, but below are some of the top attractions that never fail to be memorable.
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse can be found on St. George Street near the City Gates. Constructed more than 200 years ago, it still impresses visitors with its red cedar and cypress exterior reminiscent of a time when Imperial Spain ruled over the Sunshine State. A tour of the building will highlight what the classroom environment was like of that time, and samples of the books used for study are on display.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Erected in 1742, the Fort Matanzas National Monument played a significant role in protecting St. Augustine against British forces. The site is kept well maintained by the National Park Service in an effort to uphold its symbolic place in history. Ferries run daily to the monument, which is 15 miles south of the city. Visitors can often catch reenactments and demonstrations taking place to portray the fort’s illustrious past. There are also several nature trails that lead from the fort down to the shore.
Pirate & Treasure Museum
The Pirate & Treasure Museum offers a unique experience that’s sure to captivate both children and adults. Exhibits feature many different artifacts that make up a pirate collection like no other. Whether it’s Blackbeard’s blunderbuss, a Jolly Roger flag, Thomas Tew’s treasure chest, or gold from Queen Anne’s Revenge, there is plenty to marvel over as guests make their way through the interactive and educational exhibits.
Right in the heart of the historical downtown district, St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter allows travelers to step back in time and become immersed in the cultures of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Taking up two acres of space, there are numerous activities to participate in and sights to see immediately upon entry.
San Sebastian Winery
Anyone who appreciates a good taste of wine needs to make sure San Sebastian Winery is on their itinerary. Only a few short blocks away from downtown St. Augustine, the winery is open for tours every day and provides a free wine tasting at the end. The rooftop comes alive with excitement when the wine and jazz bar upstairs begins its live entertainment.