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Rich in the old and the new, St. Augustine blends historic sites, famous restaurants, shopping from antiques to boutiques and breathtaking nature. Experience living history in museums, take in the beauty of unspoiled nature, walk St. George Street to feel like you're living in the past, then visit one of our boutique hotels for 21st-century luxury. Climb the 219 steps of the St. Augustine Lighthouse to take it all in at once and round out your view of the area.

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Red Couch Chronicles: Giant Crocodiles

Red Couch Chronicles: Giant Crocodiles. On a visit to St. Augustine's famous Alligator Farm Zoological Park, three young ladies find that being a red couch potato is definitely good for their health!

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Nicknamed the “Old City” or “Ancient City,” St. Augustine is a mosaic of historic people, places and events. The oldest European settlement in the U.S., St. Augustine was discovered in 1565 – 42 years before the Jamestown colony in Virginia and 55 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Its name comes from the day it was discovered, August 28, the feast of St. Augustine.
As a child, I was ever-intrigued by the whisper of ghostly secrets from our upstairs attic and shout of adventure from a realm of field and forest I regarded as my backyard. The simplicity of childhood has changed since those days and as parents we tend to shield our kids from the unknown. There is a place, however, where I can take my son and feel safe in the knowledge that he shares a slice of discovery cut from the fabric of my own childhood curiosity.
The city's brick-lined streets, horse carriages, forts and grand hotels have charmed me at every stage of my life. My first visit at 14 was on a family vacation. I returned seven years later for a weekend with my best friend. Recently, on a romantic week with my husband, I discovered yet another side of the oldest city in the America.
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