St. Augustine, Florida
Interesting sites to see in America's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.
Many people don't realize that St. Augustine, Florida is the site of the first permanent settlement in our nation. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Florida, it is a perfect, though not always considered, vacation spot for couples and families.
For history buffs, the Oldest House is usually the first stop. This house has endured three centuries, and it was inhabited by the Spanish, the British and the new Americans who settled there.
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S.A. is also an important place to visit. This building was constructed prior to 1763, and it is still left in its authentic condition. How interesting it is to sit in one of the old desks and pretend for a moment, to be a student of almost 300 years ago!
The restored Spanish Quarter Village depicts the life and times of 250 years ago. Restored homes show how life was lived back then, and the museum on this site is alive with people depicting early life in this settlement.
The Old Jail was built in 1891, and the tiny cells and interesting tour directors make this a great educational experience for the whole family. It served as the county jail until 1953, and is impressive in its size and structure.
For those tired of reliving history, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is lots of fun. This attraction features a collection of each of the 22 varieties of alligators - the only complete set in the entire world. Most interesting to many people is the white alligator. Its lack of skin pigmentation make it especially beautiful and unique. There's also a complete building devoted to the largest alligator ever found in the western hemisphere. Named Gomez, the alligator was a key attraction here until his death in the early 1990's.
The wax museum, Believe It or Not attaction, 3-D World, and Whetson's Chocolate Factory are also popular sites. Many visitors to the area opt to take a tour on the sightseeing tour, and then go back and revisit some of the sites they found most intriguing. Some people just spend hours on the clean and relaxing beach.
Consider a visit to beautiful St. Augustine for your next vacation. It is conveniently located on the northeast coast of Florida, just 38 miles from Jacksonville.