Known as the Nation’s Oldest City, St. Augustine has a rich heritage that makes the city and its surroundings a charming and distinctive place to live and to visit. St. Augustine has its own unique character, with friendly local people as well as visitors at the farmers markets, beaches, entertainment venues, shopping areas, community events, and restaurants and bars.
Downtown St. Augustine has five art districts, with over 20 art galleries. Art Walk events are held on the first Friday evening of each month, and galleries are open for everyone to mingle, browse, and appreciate works of art.
Stroll down the narrow lanes of the Old City and enjoy the museums and landmarks, including Castillo de San Marcos, Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth,” the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, the Pirate Museum, and many other attractions as well as historical architectural sites. The most beautiful scene in St. Augustine is at the Bridge of the Lions, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and the city marina. The bridge and shoreline are unforgettable places to walk and enjoy while dining at the many restaurants that overlook the waterway. St. Augustine will celebrate its 450th commemoration in 2015, and many city residents are involved in preparing for the big celebration.
In warm weather, St. Augustine Beach is the place to enjoy the water and the waves. Small adventure parks, miniature golf courses, and the Splash Park at the St. Augustine Beach pier delight children of all ages. Swimming, boating, canoeing, surfing and stand up paddleboarding are among the water activities available. Numerous marinas and boat and equipment rental sources are readily available.
Anastasia State Park features four miles of beautiful beachfront, a tidal salt marsh, and a maritime and upland hammock. Visitors enjoy camping, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating and more. The park’s campground facility includes 139 campsites and is located within easy bicycling and walking distance of the beach. A nature trail takes hikers through a maritime hammock on ancient sand dunes.
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is an award winning, multi-purpose arts and recreation facility. The outdoor theatre includes 4,100 guest seats. Big name bands and performers are frequent headliners.
No visit is complete without a visit to Florida’s oldest tourist attraction—the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Located a short a walk from Anastasia State Park and the Amphitheatre, the farm includes a research facility and alligator zoo, educational components and exhibits, and a zip line for the adventurous.
Major employers in the area include the St. Johns County School District, Flagler Hospital, St. Johns County Government, Northrop Grumman, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Florida Army National Guard, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, PGA Tour, Inc., Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, and Flagler College.
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