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St. Augustine is a city located in St. Johns County, Florida, USA, in the region known as Florida's First Coast.

St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. AKA the "Ancient City," Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida.
Convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando and Daytona airports.

Because of North Florida's year around mild weather, but especially in the spring and summer months, the area's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets and its quaint cafes, bars, unique shops and bed-and-breakfast inns, comes alive with locals and tourists setting out on foot to explore significant landmarks.

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Castillo de San Marcos
Address: 1 Castillo Drive
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904.829.6506

The Castillo de San Marcos, built 1672-1695, served primarily as an outpost of the Spanish Empire, guarding St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the continental United States, and also protecting the sea route for treasure ships returning to Spain. Although the Castillo has served a number of nations throughout its history, it has never been taken by military force. During the 18th century, the Castillo went from Spanish control to British and back to the Spanish, all by treaty. The Spanish remained in power in Florida until the area was purchased by the United States in 1821. Called Fort Marion at this time, the Castillo was used by the US army until 1899. The Castillo was made a National Monument in 1924 and became part of the National Park system in 1933. In 1942, Congress restored the original name. The park consists of the original historic Castillo fortress itself with its attendant grounds, some 25 total acres.

Flagler College, with the former Ponce de Leon Hotel.

See the Legacy
Tour Flagler College
74 King Street
St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 823-3378

Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by millionaire developer Henry M. Flagler in 1887, the Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day.

Flagler envisioned creating an American Riviera in St. Augustine. In its heyday, the hotel attracted many celebrities, among them John D. Rockefeller, John Jacob Astor, Will Rogers and Gary Cooper, along with Presidents Grover Cleveland, Warren G. Harding and Teddy Roosevelt.

Flagler College has spent more than $23 million throughout the years restoring the hotel and its surrounding historic structures, and today the public can view the stunning Dining Hall, the opulent Grand Parlor, and the towering dome of the Rotunda, each richly decorated with beautiful allegorical images.

Louis Comfort Tiffany designed the lavish interior of the hotel, and 79 of his stained glass windows decorate the building. Thomas Edison engineered the hotel's electrical and water systems.

George W. Maynard, whose graceful allegorical images also adorn the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enhanced the hotel’s beauty with elaborate murals. Paintings by renowned artists adorn the walls. Ornately carved oak columns, imported marble and mosaic tiles, and exquisite antique vases and furniture are just some of the additional touches.

Tours of Flagler College begin in the Rotunda where you will stare up into an 80-foot domed ceiling supported in part by eight ornately carved oak caryatids, robed women copied from the temple of Diana in Greece. The interior dome of the Rotunda displays murals depicting allegorical images paying tribute to Adventure, Discovery, Conquest and Civilization and the four elements: Earth (shown here), Air, Fire and Water.

Other stops on the tour are the Dining Hall and the Flagler Room, both restored for more than it cost to build the property 100 years ago.

The finely tiled mezzanine stairway leads to the magnificent Dining Hall where you will be surrounded by Tiffany stained glass. The 800-seat Dining Hall also boasts murals of a Spanish Galleon high upon the barrel vaulted ceiling and painted angels of the four seasons. Tiffany stained-glass windows surround the room and musicians’ galleries. Today students casually take their meals seated on the original carved oak chairs imported from Austria.

The Flagler room, originally the hotel's Grand Parlor, allows visitors to gaze upon Tiffany Austrian crystal chandeliers, a massive onyx Thomas Edison clock - one of the first ever to be used in a public building - and a historical photo gallery of the Flagler family.

Daily tours are available seven days a week, year-round. Tours start in the College's Rotunda (Lobby) inside the King Street main entrance. Tickets may be purchased 15 minutes prior to the tour or at Flagler's Legacy, 59 Saint George Street.

Tours run twice daily. Tour times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

St. Augustine Municipal Marina

Nestled in the heart of St. Augustine, just south of the Historic Bridge of Lions in the city's historic district, is a true treasure for anyone traveling the Intracoastal Waterway: the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

This ideal location provides a picturesque and convenient harborage for both sail and power boats with a friendly and helpful staff that is on duty 24/7 year round. Fuel, oil, ice and two complimentary pump-out stations are conveniently located on the fuel dock, and the marina has clean and secure restroom/shower facilities and a laundromat.

St. Augustine Municipal Marina provides all the amenities necessary for an enjoyable stay, plus the added benefit of being located in the center of "The Nation’s Oldest City." You can enjoy historic sights, four-star restaurants, home style diners, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and one-of-a-kind attractions all just a short walk from the safe, casual environment of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

The Colonial Spanish Quarter

The Colonial Spanish Quarter is a living history museum. Costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. The Quarter illustrates the life of Spanish Soldiers and their families in 1740 St. Augustine.

Tradesman go about their occupations in blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, candlemaking and other trades. The visitor experiences how these families lived, grew, and cooked their food and tended their livestock.

The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm (except Christmas Day). Tour and school groups are welcome. Please call 904-825-6830.

Lightner Museum, in the former Hotal Alcazar.





 

 


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