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Aerial view of Flagler College and St. Augustine, Florida
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Come for the beaches, but stay for the history, nightlife and the chance to see a real spaceship.

The Sunshine State offers the serenity of nature, and a whole lot more.

The Oldest City in the Country

If you’ve been to Florida, you’ve probably experienced the beautiful weather and white sandy beaches. But, did you know that Florida lays claim to the oldest city in the United States? St. Augustine was founded in 1565, and retains tons of historical sites worth visiting. Check out the impressive Castillo de San Marcos, for example. The oldest masonry fort in the continental US, it was built to defend Spain’s claims in the New World. While you’re there, you’ll want to visit Magnolia Avenue, a gorgeous oak-lined road, and one of the most photographed streets in America. Not far from Magnolia Avenue you’ll find Ponce De Leon’s Archeological Park, where the original “Fountain of Youth” was discovered in 1513. Round out your historical journey with a trip to the Lightner Museum, a collection of 19th Century Art housed in the former Alcazar Hotel.

Road tripping on a canopy road near St. Augustine, Florida
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The Wild Side

Balancing out the architecture and history of St. Augustine is the exciting nature and wildlife found in the area. Book a trip with Sea Serpent Tours for a chance to see gators, turtles, snakes, and perhaps even a manatee. On your journey you’ll get to experience the swamplands of St. Augustine, and you might even find a shipwreck. For Florida’s famous beaches, head to Anastasia State Park. There, you’ll find more than 650 hectares of unspoiled beaches as well as abundant wildlife. From camping to scuba diving, the park is packed with outdoor activities for all.

Live alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida
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Kennedy Space Center

There are only three places in the country that display spaceships that have actually been to space, and the Kennedy Space Center, located on Merritt Island, Florida, is one of them. You’ll get to walk among the rockets on a guided tour, and see the Space Shuttle Atlantis, a ship that first launched in 1985 and made its last journey in 2011. While you’re there, visit the moon via interactive experiences, feel what it’s like to experience a shuttle launch, and head over to the Astronaut Experience to meet a real astronaut.

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“If You Go” Hit List

Stay

  • Casa Monica Resort and Spa
  • Courtyard by Marriott - St. Augustine Beach
  • Courtyard St. Augustine - 1-95

 

Play

  • Sea Serpent Tours
  • Anastasia State Park
  • Kennedy Space Center

 

Eat & Drink

  • Ice Plant Vintage Bar
  • The Floridian
  • Five Flags Cafe