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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum The current site of the St. Augustine Lighthouse has served as a beacon to ships off the Atlantic coast since the first Spanish settlers came in 1565. The current lighthouse, built...

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos Not long after Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine in 1565, the need for a fortified structure became evident. Over the next 100 years, nine wooden forts were built at various...

St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park

St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park A reptile and wildlife preserve, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm was established in 1893. George Reddington and Felix Fire began collecting alligators on Anastasia Island and founded the alligator farm at...

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium Housed in an 1880s poured concrete castle, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium holds Robert Ripleys’ unique and bizarre collections. The more than 800 fun, interactive and totally bizarre exhibits...

Lightner Museum

Lightner Museum In 1887, railroad magnate Henry Flagler commissioned building designers Carrere and Hastings to construct the Hotel Alcazar in the Spanish Renaissance style. The opulent structure accommodated wealthy tourists for years before closing in 1932. Chicago...

Sallie O’Hara: Follow the signs, see the sights on the A1A coastal byway

By Sallie O'Hara - tarahill@bellsouth.net “Fly Away,” John Denver’s popular song from the 1970s, conveys the spirit of the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway’s long journey in developing a comprehensive wayfinding system for the...

History of Fort Matanzas

The year is 1748, and as the sun begins to rise it emits a powerful glow that radiates off the eastern side of a small, stone structure situated in the middle of nowhere. The...

History of Lightner Museum

Like many of the buildings in St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum has a prominent place in history. Built in 1888 by Henry Flagler, it was once a concrete building known as the Alcazar Hotel. Unfortunately...

The Alligator Farm: From roadside attraction to accredited zoo

There’s Americana, then there’s Floridana. If it’s Floridana, there has to be oranges, palm trees and, of course, alligators involved. Part of that state image branding is thanks to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm...

Save money at local attractions with Memberships

Membership has its privileges — and its rewards — here on Anastasia Island. There’s a lot of money to be saved, and it doesn’t matter if you are a full-time resident or a seasonal...

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