Places to See in St. Augustine
With many attractions like Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
, The Alligator Farm
, San Sebastian Winery
, and The Fountain of Youth
, St. Augustine is a perfect place to spend a vacation. Two major trolleys serve St. Augustine, so getting around is easy for everyone! Other popular places to visit are Presbyterian Church which was built by Henry Flagler in 361 Days and The Oldest House.
The beaches of St. Augustine are a short drive from downtown. There you will find a short pier extending into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as fishing and surfing. At nearby Anastasia State Park you can enjoy camping, nature trails, beach time, water sports, and an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to create the nearby fortress, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Anastasia State Park, located just south of historic St. Augustine on Anastasia Island, has 4 miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, and maritime and upland hammock.
The Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Henry Flagler in 1888, was originally conceived as a luxury hotel. The Hotel was a popular southern retreat for the wealthy friends of the railroad and real estate tycoon. Flagler College, a four-year liberal arts college, now occupies this historic building.