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Must Do St. Augustine Water Activities For Your Next Vacation

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St. Augustine Sightseeing

St. Augustine’s location on the Atlantic coastline of northern Florida has shaped its unique history and culture. Although the historical relics and old-world ambience of Ancient City are big draws, visitors also come to enjoy the water. Beautiful stretches of beaches, protected estuaries, tidal salt marshes and Intracoastal waterways are an important part of the St. Augustine experience. Explore our topic picks for the best water attractions in St. Augustine.

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Fountain of Youth St. Augustine Coupons & Information Guide

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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the place to go to see what life must have been like for the earliest inhabitants who lived along the salt water marshes of what is now St. Augustine.  Artifacts uncovered by archaeological digs on park grounds shed light on the Timucua, Native Americans who occupied the region around 2400 B.C., and the first Spanish settlers who came ashore in 1565.  These discoveries led to the installation of the park’s historically accurate, life-sized outdoor exhibits which tells their story.

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Orlando To St. Augustine Day Trip

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St. Augustine Museums

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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St. Augustine Museums

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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St Augustine Rainy Day

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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