Extras Around Town

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Extras Around Town

Extras Around Town

Extras Around Town

Extras_10.24.13Extras Around Town- An Insiders Guide To Fun

For EXTRA fun in the St. Augustine area, here is a list of things to do that are inexpensive or free.

Back To Nature

Anastasia State Park has an $8 per car admission, but it’s well worth the price to visit the four miles of sundrenched, white sandy beach. There are other reasons to visit: shing, hiking, boating and kayaking to name a few. Paddleboards, sailboards and canoes can be rented on the premises. Stoke up the grill and have a picnic. 1340 Florida A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033.

The Vilano Beach Fishing Pier is a must see whether you come to sh or just take a stroll. It sits next to a marina, so you can watch the boats coming and going. Pack a picnic and watch as pelicans compete with sherman to get the catch of the day. Best of all, the experience is free! 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-299-0655.

At Princess Place Preserve State Park, watch the wildlife and enjoy 1,500 acres of hiking, shing, and horseback riding. Check out the cottage built by Henry Cutting in 1886. It holds the distinction of being Flagler County’s oldest structure. Admission is free. 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast. 386-313-4020.

Curiosity Seekers

The Florida Agricultural Museum re-enacts on a bygone era. Shell corn, pump water and explore a typical Florida farm, circa 1880. Take an old-fashioned wagon tour and see an authentic homestead and general store. $9 adults; $7 kids. Wed. – Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7900 Old Kings Rd. and US 1, 17 miles south of St. Augustine.

The Old Senator is the oldest live oak tree in St. Augustine and it sits smack in the middle of a Howard Johnson’s parking lot! It’s estimated to be more than 600 years old! 137 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.

The Bridge of Lions spans the Intracoastal and connects St. Augustine with Anastasia Island. The historic landmark was erected in 1927 and has what’s known as a bascule bridge. It’s moveable and opens wide to allow boat traffic to pass. If you are looking for iconic photos of the city, snap this picture!


The St. Augustine Love Tree is an oak wrapped around a Sable palm that could hold the secret to undying love. Rumor has it that a couple sharing a kiss under The Love Tree will have a romance that will last till the end of time. That’s based on a legend that if the trees were to be separated, both would die. Isn’t love grand? Cordova St., South of the Welcome Center.

By day, The Lightner Museum is a not to be missed museum. By night, the grounds of the museum are transformed into romantic spot for a little ‘alone’ time. Cozy up on one of the benches that line the covered walkway and enjoy the ambiance of the soft lighting covering the plants. 75 King St., St. Augustine.

~Deborah Boyd

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