St. Augustine is rich with history. At the edge of the historic downtown area stands a Spanish fort built in 1672. Now a National Park Service National Monument, the oldest fort in the United States hosts thousands of visitors each year. Other historical sites in town include the Colonial Spanish Quarter, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The city strives to both maintain, and when needed restore, its heritage through a network of preservation societies. Spanish architecture is proudly on display throughout the town.
Even the alligator farm is a landmark in St. Augustine. Established in the late 19th century, this reptile paradise continues to thrill visitors year after year. In addition to observing the alligators, patrons soar across a lagoon on a zip line. Here you will enjoy the sites and lectures and observe all 23 species in the crocodilian family. Although not a zoo in a traditional sense, the farm is committed to protection these amazing creatures and is the only facility of its kind in the world.
Ponce de Leon discovered the area in 1513. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park offers amazing history and entertainment based on the settlement of St. Augustine. Drink from the spring that soothed early travelers. You can even fill bottles to take home. Visit ancient burial grounds, the First Mission of Nombre de Dios and learn more about the lives of the settlers. Many local couples stage their weddings on the breathtaking grounds nestled by the water. This park sits at the edge of town.