It's spring break here, so on Wednesday, I took three of my kids to St. Augustine, about a two hour drive from Orlando. It's the oldest city in the United States.
Our favorite landmark is Castillo de San Marcos, an 16th century Spanish fort. Fortunately, because we have a 4th grader, we were able to get a free pass good at all national parks through the Every Kid in a Park program. I printed an extra and gave it to another family I saw waiting in line. Usually admission to the fort is $10 for adults ages 16 and over, and free for kids.
|~ from a distance ~|
|~ photo by Micah Knowles ~|
|~ shells mixed in to the walls ~|
|~ dormitory ~|
|Face swap with|
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés,
founder of St. Augustine
|~ model of the fort ~|
|~ drawbridge chain mechanism |
above our heads ~
We were planning a tour of the Colonial Quarter, but had just missed a tour and decided not to spend over $40 for us to get in. We went there several years ago, and you can see pictures here: Historic St. Augustine. Instead, we walked around the old city a little and got some ice cream at Kilwin's before our next stop, Juan Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth and Timucuan Village.
Our next stop: Fountain of Youth and Timucuan Village
Our final stops: St. Augustine Lighthouse and Pier
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