Along the banks of the shining Matanzas River lies St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. It shows its age with charm, its history revealed in the narrow cobblestone streets, the horse-drawn carriages festooned with flowers, and the coquina bastions of the Spanish fort that guard the bay like sentinels. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the site of the fabled Fountain of Youth, but travelers find additional treasures in the Historic District, which was built in the Spanish Renaissance Revival style. Terra-cotta roofs and narrow balconies overhang a wonderful hodgepodge of shops and eateries that can be happily explored for weeks.St. Augustine also has miles of beaches on Anastasia Island to the east. From the idyllic, unspoiled beaches of Anastasia State Park to the more boisterous St. Augustine Beach, travelers have a full range of options when it comes to enjoying an ocean outing.
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Zip-line over live alligators and crocodiles and come face-to-face with tropical birds and lemurs.
The 17th-century fort at Matanzas Bay once guarded St. Augustine. Learn history from costumed volunteers. Cover your ears when the cannons fire!
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Eat breakfast at the Bunnery, shop and browse, then head to the Columbia Restaurant for fabulous Spanish cuisine.
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