This is our third visit to St. Augustine, but I think it’s such a cool old place I could visit it over and over again. It’s hard to blog about something I have blogged about a few times before so this is brief. We walked around the old town area for a few hours and took some pictures. At the bottom of this page I have added a link to our visit here two years ago.
The first thing we saw when we arrived was the old fort from the 17th century. It is the oldest masonry fort in North America.
A few blocks up the street from the fort is Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine, America’s first parish founded in 1565.
We peeked inside.
Nearby is the St Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum. Originally a fancy schmancy hotel opened in 1888 it now houses government offices and a museum. We went in to see the beautiful courtyard.
Across the street from the Lightner Museum is the historic Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark.Once a very exclusive hotel is now Flagler College.
We continued our walk through the historic district. Here there are several restaurants, snacks and gift shops here as well as a few street entertainers.
The old city gate still stands.
After lunch at one of the old downtown eateries we drove out to see the Atlantic Ocean. It was clouding up and cooling off. We walked up the beach for a little while, but got cold and went home.