America’s history will never look the same after a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From the breathtaking views of Northeast Florida to the artifacts recovered from our ancestors’ vessels, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum covers centuries of history from in and around St. Augustine.
Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.
A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.
In addition to the world class museum, the property boasts a scenic outdoor courtyard and a large deck that overlooks the historic Matanzas River and the magnificent Castillo de San Marcos, the 17th Spanish fort located directly across the street on the bayfront. The museum spans about 5,000 square ft. with a 1,300-square.-ft. courtyard and an approximate 500-square-ft. upper deck. There are several event packages to choose from that also include museum access.
Guests will be given a guided tour of the 7-acre animal compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the animal arrived at the sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed within 5-10 feet of the exotic animals, which are housed in secure habitats. On the tour there will be tigers, an American black bear, cougars, lynxes, leopards, wolves, and a host of other animals.
Anastasia State Park includes 1,600 acres of rich ecosystems and abundant wildlife. Explore up to four miles of pristine beach, the estuarine tidal marsh teeming with plant and animal life, or the self-guided nature trail which takes you through the maritime hammock and onto ancient sand dunes. You can also visit the Coquina Quarry, an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to help construct the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is one of Floridas oldest continuously running attractions, having opened on May 20, 1893. Not only does it have 23 species of crocodilians, but also a variety of other reptiles, mammals, and birds, as well as exhibits, animal performances and educational demonstrations.
St. Augustines beaches stretch from Vilano Beach north of the city to Crescent Beach in the south. The Intracoastal Waterway naturally divides the mainland from the barrier islands with their miles of gorgeous coastline with many public areas for beach recreation and relaxation.
The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida and it is unusual among sports halls of fame in that a single site honors both men and women. It is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world.
St. Johns Golf & Country Club is an extraordinary place located between St. Augustine and Jacksonville. The 18-hole Clyde Johnston-designed course is the communitys centerpiece with just the right amount of challenge for novice and avid golfers alike. A great place to hone your skills, St. Johns is known for its consistent quality of service and conditions.
The course has 16 lakes and over 60 bunkers, but the layout is fair. The back nine is a bit more adventurous so do your scoring on the front nine. There is a great variety of holes and you will not be bored playing here. The course is now family owned and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. You can’t go wrong playing here as the rates are very reasonable and the course challenging and interesting.
If you are looking for a course close to downtown, Royal St Augustine is it. The conditions are generally good here and the staff is friendly. This is a very tight golf course and if you are even slightly off the fairways, kiss that golf ball goodbye. Two fairways line the road, if your tee shot missed the narrow fairway, your next shot is from the passing lane of Route 16. However if you want to tee it up near town on a well maintained course, this is a good choice. Just bring plenty of balls, and a straight tee shot.
Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, birthplace of the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Network, and backdrop to the PGA TOUR headquarters, the TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is perhaps the world’s most famous golf course.
As the Official Golf Courses of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire at the World Golf Village Resort are award-winning championship courses designed to offer both enjoyment and challenge in a spectacular and unique resort setting. Their courses were designed by some of the legends of the game.
Take a free tour of the distillery and watch as they mix, mash, cook and distill small batch vodka, rum, gin and whiskey in a historically renovated ice manufacturing plant from 1917. You will learn about the history of ice and distilling in Florida, see the products being made, and then taste their small batch spirits for yourself in the tasting room. There’s no charge and tours are every 30 minutes. Come on by!
Today, San Sebastian ranks as one of Floridas premium wineries, and remains a pioneer in the development of table, sparkling, and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are also produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand.