Explore St. Augustine
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The old town of St. Augustine is a tight and rambling municipality with narrow city streets perfect for wandering on foot. Influences from its Spanish, British and American Colonial past are everywhere in the architecture and street design. The city's core has been active since the 1600s and the oldest house still standing dates back to the 1700s. Visitors have fun meandering the Old City, popping into artsy boutiques, jewelry stores and gift shops. Places to dine or grab a beer are also plentiful among the historical landmarks. You can't miss the Castillo San Marco on the on the waterfront, which may be one of the country's most important historical landmarks. Observing the Mantanzas River is easy along the bayfront sidewalk with rewarding views of the Bridge of Lions and sailboats breezing along. Beyond the town is St. Augustine Beach and undeveloped Anastasia State Park, both offering time for toes in the sand. The state parks also provide views Florida's native wildlife such as alligators, pink spoonbill birds and frolicking dolphins. There is so much to see, we've narrowed down the best options for getting a sense of St. Augustine's spirit. Here are some great ways, in no particular order, to make the most of your visit.