Mission of Nombre de Dios
Castillo de San Marcos
The Oldest House
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Fort Mose reenactment
Fountain of Youth
Fountain of Youth Cannon Firing
Oldest Wooden School House
'Old' Attractions in the Old City of St. Augustine
Historic Sites Include Oldest House, Old Jail, Castillo de San Marcos and the Fountain of Youth
Those "oldest" places?
At The Oldest House (enshrined as a National Historic Landmark dating from the early 1700s), walls are made of coquina, the same somewhat rare sedimentary rock that was quarried locally to build the Castillo de San Marcos.
The Authentic Old Jail reveals rigors of incarceration during a time of heavy manacles and ball-and-chains. Ancient, too, without benefit of the "O" word are the Mission of Nombre de Dios (from the founding of St. Augustine in 1565) and - fearsome fort and prison - the Castillo de San Marcos (1695). Fort Matanzas National Monument, located 15 miles south of St. Augustine was built in 1740 to guard the southern entrance to the city - kids especially enjoy the free ferry ride across the Matanzas Bay to Rattlesnake Island to tour the fort. Less fearsome just north of the city is the site of America's first free black community, formed in 1738. Though today only sand remains of Fort Mose, an exhibit at Ponce de Leon Mall tells the entire story.
Stroll down Aviles Street, the oldest street in the United States, and discover untold history as guides demonstrate "cutting edge" colonial surgery techniques at the Spanish Military Hospital Museum.
Even shopping celebrates history at antiquarian bookstores, antique shops and art galleries, many in historic buildings.
Kids adore Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth at the National Archeological Park and, big-eyed, emit huffs of awe at the sight of huge gators at The Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. And let's not forget Marineland Dolphin Adventure! When Marineland Dolphin Adventure first opened its doors in 1938 it was the world's largest oceanarium.