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Orlando To St. Augustine Day Trip

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Separated by a 2+ hour drive, Orlando and St. Augustine are worlds apart. Sprawling Orlando grew around the magic of Disney. Tiny St. Augustine has been a continuous community since it was settled by Spanish explorers in 1565. Spectacular attractions at Disney World and other venues are an escape into never-never land.  Ancient forts, brick streets and an amazing collection of historic buildings in America’s Oldest City are a fascinating walk through history.

The drive from Orlando to St. Augustine is straightforward interstate travel.  Leave early and stay late to avoid some of Orlando’s congestion.  If you want to take a detour along the way, Daytona Beach, home of Daytona International Speedway, is at the juncture of I-4 and I-95. Avid race fans may opt to give up time in St. Augustine to tour the home the Daytona 500. For others, a drive around the outer grounds and a taking selfies at the iconic Daytona International sign may be enough.

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St. Augustine Dolphin Tour Coupons

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Dolphin, Birding and Nature Boat Cruise

As America’s oldest city, quaint St. Augustine is best known for its treasure trove of wonderful historic sites. Equally special is the incredibly beautiful network of waterways, estuaries and saltwater marshes around it. When visiting the ancient city, plan to spend at least part of a day out on these inland waterways to enjoy the abundant birds, sea creatures, and plants of this unique ecosystem. A memorable experience for all ages, it’s definitely a St. Augustine highlight.

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St. Augustine Attractions Coupons For Your Vacation

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Historic St. Augustine is a treasure trove of things to see and do. History lovers have remarkably preserved historical sites to explore. Castillo de San Marco, a Spanish fortification completed in 1695, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological site, documenting the presence of indigenous people and the first Spanish settlement, and Mission Nombre de Dios, the first landing place of Spanish explorers in 1565, are fascinating insights into the discovery of America. Historic house museums are detailed time-travels through the fledgling settlement during Spanish and British occupations of the 1700s. The opulence of America’s Gilded Age is documented in Henry Flagler’s palatial hotels and ornate house museums.

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Best Outdoor Activities in St. Augustine on Vacation

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The oldest city in North America fits snugly in a confluence of salt-water waterways from the north, south and west, and is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands on the east.  There are many ways to explore the salt water waterways and estuaries snaking through tidal salt marshes, conservation areas, state parks, and aquatic preserves which protect the unique, fragile ecosystem of “Old Florida.” On the Atlantic Ocean side, long stretches of white sandy beaches offer choices for everyone.

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The Best Way To Spend 2 Days In St. Augustine

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Quaint St. Augustine, the oldest city in America, has a lot going on – historic sites, remarkable architecture, old world charm, gorgeous nature preserves teeming with wildlife, beautiful beaches, diverse restaurant choices, and a booming craft beverage scene. Here’s how to experience it all in 2 days:

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