St Augustine area attractions
St. Augustine, Florida, located in the First Coast region of Florida, is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and the oldest port in the United States and is known as the “Ancient City.” Founded by the Spanish in 1565, European settlements in Puerto Rico are the only ones that pre-date the establishment of St. Augustine.
St. Augustine has many popular tourist attractions, including the Fountain of Youth, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, the Lightner Museum in the former Hotel Alcazar, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, World Golf Hall of Fame and many other sites to visit. With unique architecture, museums, historical sites, shopping and beautiful beaches, St. Augustine offers many opportunities for residents to enjoy outdoor activities. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located a short drive away, with many exhibits, a golf academy, and a world-class spa. The IMAX theatre at World Golf Village hosts many new IMAX releases and popular movies.
Anastasia Island, connected to the City of St. Augustine by the Bridge of Lions, is home to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which was originally a Spanish water tower and was made into a lighthouse in 1824. It is the nation’s oldest navigation aid, and is now the site of the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum. The Lighthouse tower and keeper’s home is open to the public, and the expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Salt Run and the Atlantic Ocean are a well-known feature of the area.