How lucky are we to live near such an historic city? St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and to this day remains known as the "Nation's Oldest City." Thankfully, the city has maintained much of its early history in the form of architecture and landmarks. If you live there, you know, but if you're considering moving to St. Johns County or Jacksonville, we'd like to suggest you go check out some of the coolest things about this city - and they're all free or very affordable!
The beaches are the most obvious place to visit in St. Augustine. A beautiful pier, plenty of restaurants, and over 40 miles of sand await you to melt away the stress of a day. But right behind that is what is affectionately referred to as, "The Fort!" The Castillo de San Marcos is a huge Spanish stone fortress, more than 315 years old! It was since used by Spain to defend their claimed land in the New World. Walking around the fort is free, but going inside the fort does cost money.
The Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum was the home of the Spanish and English colonial governors, and now it's a museum! You can visit to learn more about the history of St. Augustine and then poke around the old house, much of which is still made of coquina with original windows!
Do you have kids? Check out the Project SWING Playground, which is a spacious park full of wooden towers, a lighthouse, a space shuttle, and a picnic area. It is open daily until 7pm. Or try the Splash Park! Located at the County Ocean Pier, you'll find this awesome space to stay cool and active on hot days. With fountains and rain showers, most children will find it to be a safe and exciting place to play.
No kids? Or perhaps a babysitter lined up? Check out the San Sebastian Winery! Fantastic, locally made wines and more are available for tasting daily. You can also take a tour or stay for lunch as well. You could also stop by the St. Augustine Distillery and try their award-winning vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey! Of course, you will need to be at least 21 years of age to visit either of these fun spots!
Church tours, the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum, and TPC Sawgrass are all open and available for the general public to soak up some more of the history St. Augustine has to offer.
And, of course, if you're interested in moving to St. Augustine, give Round Table Realty a call. We'd love to show you what's available!