Top Choice Fort in St Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

This incredibly photogenic fort is another atmospheric monument to longevity: it's the country's oldest masonry fort, completed by the Spanish in 1695. Park rangers lead programs hourly and shoot off cannons most we…
Top Choice Historic Building in St Augustine

Hotel Ponce de León

Unmissable in town, this striking former luxury hotel, built in the 1880s, is now the world's most gorgeous dormitory, belonging to Flagler College who purchased and saved it in 1967. Guided tours are recommended to…
Top Choice Museum in St Augustine

Lightner Museum

Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar is now home to this wonderful museum, with a little bit of everything, from ornate Gilded Age furnishings to collections of marbles and cigar-box labels. The dramatic and imposin…
Zoo in St Augustine

Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Herpetophobes should run in the other direction of this facility – the only one on the planet with every species of crocodilian in residence. Nature lovers, on the other hand, will love it. Look for albino alligator…
Historic Site in St Augustine

Fountain of Youth

Insert tongue firmly in cheek and step right up for an acrid cup of eternal youth at this kitschy 'archaeological park.' As the story goes, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León came ashore here in 1513, and considere…
Historic Building in St Augustine

Old Jail

Built in 1891, this is the former town prison and residence of the town's first sheriff, Charles Joseph 'the terror' Perry (towering menacingly at 6ft 6in tall and weighing 300lb). Today, costumed 'deputies' escort …
Historic Building in St Augustine

Oldest Wooden School House

Built from red cedar and cypress, the 200-year-old building contains animatronic teachers and students, and provides a glimpse into 18th-century life and education. Naughty kids may be frightened into civility when …
Museum in St Augustine

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Inside the old Castle Warden (1887), this is the first of the now-ubiquitous Ripley's 'Odditoriums.' Shrunken heads, a drum made from skulls and goofy pirate displays are par for the course here.
Museum in St Augustine

World Golf Hall of Fame

Golf fans flock to this 18-exhibit museum, the front nine covering the history of the sport and the back nine examining modern professional golf. Separating them is the Hall of Fame itself, with multimedia exhibits …
Park in St Augustine

Anastasia State Recreation Area

Locals come to escape the tourist hordes at this terrific beach and recreation area. There's also a campground (campsites $28) and rentals for all kinds of water sports.