Forays into Florida History
Lock, load and fire a 17th-century musket at The Colonial Quarter, a charming two-acre attraction in St. Augustine’s historic district that gives visitors an interactive journey through the 16th-century First City, the 17th-century Spanish Fortified Town, the 18th-century British colony and the 18th-century Spanish Garrison Town.
Take a sip from the legendary Fountain of Youth while you learn about explorer Ponce de Leon and how he claimed “La Florida” for Spain in 1513. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park tells the story of St. Augustine’s birth and the Timucuan people who preceded the Spanish by a few thousand years.
If you have renewed vigor from the Fountain of Youth, climb 219 stairs to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and take in the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean. Sign up for a Behind the Scenes or a Private Lens Room tour to view shipwreck artifacts and the Fresnel lens that allows light to be seen from great distances.