Castillo de San Marcos
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What a wonderful experience! This is a beautifully well preserved part of history. The staff members were very helpful and friendly. The views are so lovely and seeing so many faces wanting to learn was wonderful. It wasn’t packed when we went so the freedom to move around was great. The placards to explain what we were seeing was super helpful and informative. The next time we come to St Augustine I will definitely be visiting again!
Good luck finding parking. The dedicated parking lot is so small that it's really not worth the effort to attempt parking there. Once inside there is plenty of things to see (my favorite was seeing the 150-300 year old graffiti) and interesting facts to read. The cannon demonstration should be at the top of your itinerary there also. The staff are immensely friendly, knowledgeable, and comprised mostly of volunteers. General admission is $10; National Park Service annual passes are accepted. Only water is permitted inside and there are no other concessions once inside the fort for conservation purposes.
Matthew T Olson
This is a really cool structure that has stood the test of time. It takes one through a lot of history from the 17th century to present. The rangers dress up in period clothing to teach visitors about lifestyles of previous inhabitants, battles of old times, ammunition and canons. The stones have a distinctly Floridian quality to them with the mix of stone and sea shells that is truly remarkable. And for those of you who are gift store junkies, I thought the selection was pretty good and authentic as expected for a national parks and historic landmark. Admission $10 for adults with kids free; takes national park pass. Worth the money in my honest opinion
Beautiful, Historic, Must see if you are ever in the St Augustine area. Anyone who comes and visits me I put this place on the agenda for the weekend. It's like one of those places you can't appreciate just from an image. The way the walls feel or hearing them shot the cannons live in person. Just adds to the nostalgic feeling you get from being here. Great date or family day activity.
Mac McCormick III
This is a must-visit for history buffs. The Spanish colonies are typically overlooked and this monument truly contributes toward filling that gap. It's amazing to see something of this era as well, there aren't many opportunities to do so in the United States. I highly recommend taking the guided tour, it's brief but the Rangers are very knowledgeable and it puts your visit in context.
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