OUT AND ABOUT
The Castillo de San Marcos was completed by the Spanish in 1695 and never failed to protect the city. Learn history from re-enactments by Colonials in period dress. Soldiers often re black powder weapons, weather permitting. Adults $10, children 15 and under are free with adult. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Old Spanish Trail Zero Mile Marker is a 1920’s tribute to the completion of the transcontinental auto trail connecting St. Augustine to San Diego, CA on the Pacific. Look for the round coquina stone near the St. Augustine Welcome Center, 904-825-1000.
St. Augustine Flea Market is a renowned weekend market featuring fresh produce and much more. From gourmet foods to jewelry, handmade items and plants, it’s a shopper’s delight. Open Sat. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 904-824-4210.
FOR CURIOSITY’S SAKE
Old City Gates and Wall: Located at the north end of St. George St., it protected the town from raids by pirates and the British. Made of coquina and palmetto logs, it stretched from the fort to the San Sebastian River in 1704.
Father Miguel O’Reilly House: Built circa 1691, only the Fort is older! Constructed of coquina and tabby which have historic architectural value. Open Wed. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free; donations always appreciated. Enter through the garden gate at 32 Aviles St., 904-826-0750.
Florida Agricultural Museum: Take a wagon tour to see the 1880s homestead, 1890s general store, dairy barn and citrus complex. See Florida’s rural past in heirloom crops, artifacts and rare Cracker Cattle. Adults $9, Children $7 (Ages 6-12 years), 5 & under are free. Wed. – Sun., 7900 Old Kings Rd. and U.S. 1 (17 miles south of St. Augustine), 386-446-7630.
GTM Reserve’s Environmental Education Center surprises visitors with a life-size Right Whale replica suspended from the ceiling. Explore ecology through aquariums and miles of interpretive trails. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults $2; Children $1; under 10 free. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-823-4500.
Anastasia State Park: The dune trail, 4 miles of pristine powder-sand beach and ranger-led eco tours are well worth the visit. Have lunch at the beach grill and rent bikes to ride the beach at low tide. $8 per car, 904-461-2033.
Pellicer Creek at Faver-Dykes State Park: Canoe shing and bird watching on a State designated canoe trail. Canoes can be rented or bring your own. License needed to fish. $3 car, 8 a.m. till sundown, 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd., 904-794-0997.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is known for formal gardens of azaleas, roses and camellias blooming among old oaks. The estate, once owned by a relative of George Washington, is nestled between the Matanzas River and a beach with coquina rock formations. 2 miles south of Marineland on A1A, 386-446-6780.
ROMANCE ON A DIME
The Lightner Museum’s courtyard in the evening is perfect for quiet moments together. Benches on the covered walkway surrounding the garden and soft lights on plantings give the place an air of time-honored romance. Free, 75 King St., 904-824-2874.
Bridge of Lions: At sunset, this 1927 landmark is the most romantic place for a keepsake photo. A stately white Carrara marble lion is your background.
Princess Place Preserve is known for Florida’s first in-ground pool and a “once upon a time” story. Henry Cutting built the lodge for his wife in 1887. After his death, she married an exiled Russian prince, assumed the title of princess and entertained elite guests until 1949. Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Free. 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, 386-313-4020.
*This article was published on 4/12/17. Proces are subject to change. Please verify pricing before visiting any of the locations mentioned in this article.
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