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Castillo de San Marcos

1 South Castillo Drive
904-824-6506

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Reviews

Christina Welch

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
This place is full of history and is a great place to visit if you're a history nut and love to learn! Personally, the older I get, the more fascinating history is to me. I do love to read, but reading about history in school...idk. I had a harder time remembering things like that. But, anytime I'm able to be at a place where history was made or have "hands on" experiences, that's always made history (or anything, for to that matter) so much more interesting, fun, and (for me) easier to learn and remember. Anyways, if you happen to visit St. Augustine, FL, be sure to stop by the Fort! I've been there (to St. Augustine) at least 10-12 times over the past 20+ years and visited The Fort at least half of those times. It seems like every couple (maybe 2-4) years, "they" learn more about the Fort and surrounding areas, which they share with you either verbally &/or by displaying the info inside the Fort. It's so much more interesting than it seems!

Craig Williams

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
What a wonderful piece of history. A very well kept and very well maintained National History landmark. The volunteers passionately look over this structure to make sure that it represents the history to the area and to the rest of the United States. It is the oldest continuing settlement ever in the United States by the colonists. And is the oldest national landmark. Before Jamestown before anyone else St Augustine was founded built up and going through it's many phases. The fort has a history of having never fallen even though it survived many battles and traded hands no one ever died during the occupation of the fort by an opposing force. They still have live Cannon firings several times during the period that we were here and the volunteers that reenact the Spanish methods of ritualistic loading and firing a cannon are precise and entertaining. Just don't forget to hold your ears, the cannon fire Echoes off of every land mass in the harbor. While you're there run across the street to the Pirate Museum it is Wonderful! Don't forget to update your parking pass so that you have enough time. Don't forget to click like if the review helps

Macauley Cleary

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
As a native Floridian I still get excited every time I visit the Castillo. There's plenty to do, plenty to see, and plenty to learn. The staff is extremely helpful not only for in-character experiences but also for overarching historical questions. The fort itself is wonderfully kept up, easy to navigate, and has placards throughout to explain the significance of each segment. There are multiple cannon fire reenactments throughout the day - I highly recommend spending the time to watch. The reenactments educational for adults and fun for kids (it's not every day you get to see a cannon fired!). For the price of admission, I find the Castillo absolutely worth it.

Susan Davis

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
There's really no day passes. You can buy a week pass for $15 but you see the entire fort in like less than an hour so why would anyone come back? I think they just want to over price people. I would not recommend this place.

Kristofer Johnson

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If you're military or younger than 15, may as well stop by because it's free. There are a few times throughout the day where they fire a cannon over the side and that's the main appeal. Aside from that though there really isn't much. You can go inside most of the rooms and learn a bit from the info boards and that's about it. All the people though were really friendly and seemed adamant about history so they make it a pleasant experience. If you're already in the area check it out, but don't make it your only stop for tourism.

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