Sometimes the best features of a city aren’t what are within the town’s limits, but what are just outside of it. That is the case with Jacksonville. While there is plenty to do and see within the limits of Jacksonville, there are also many things to do and places to see just outside the city limits that can keep you busy weekend after weekend.
History of The Oldest City
St. Augustine is located just a few miles south of Jacksonville and is no more than a half hour trip for most people who live in town. This is the oldest city in the United States, and much of the city’s history is preserved perfectly for visitors to come and enjoy. The historic downtown square in St. Augustine is filled with old buildings, cobblestone streets and local bars and cafes that are humming with activity every night. The long and rich history of the town’s Spanish, British and ultimately American rule has led to dozens of ghost stories. These stories are the topic of conversation as the sun goes down and locals give tourists a haunted tour through the historic pubs and inn’s.
Things To Do
Perhaps the most famous landmark in all of North Florida is the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort that was originally built in 1672—about 100 years after the city of St. Augustine was founded. The Castillo sits on the bank of the ocean, guarding the historic city from any harm that may come its way. The fort itself has been home to four different governments: the Spanish, the English, the Confederacy and the United States. However, each transition was peaceful and today the fort remains mostly in the shape it was hundreds of years ago.
The fort is now a popular destination for locals to sit back and enjoy the pristine view of the ocean. Tourists enjoy standing back to watch one of the cannon demonstrations or take a tour through the internal rooms of the fort.
Make sure you take an afternoon and explore the historic area of St. Augustine. It is just one of the many ways that you can enjoy while living in Jacksonville. Visit this helpful website for more information on St. Augustine attractions, restaurants, beaches, shopping and more!
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