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Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine
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The history of Florida begins at Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Constructed by the Spanish in 1672, over a century after the city's founding by the Spanish conquistadores, the fort came under British control in 1763. Twenty years later, the fort went back to Spanish hands. It was a U.S. army base between 1821 and 1924, when the U.S. government declared it a national monument. The fort became part of a national park after nearly 250 years of military service. The deactivated fort now attracts tourists with its storied history and well-preserved military architecture. Explore the history of this structure by walking among its stone walls, or join a guided walk with one of the park's rangers.  Use our Saint Augustine vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Castillo de San Marcos and other attractions in Saint Augustine.
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  • My husband and I spent more than an hour exploring this fort. It is an interesting structure with equally interesting history. I think it is a must see for Saint Augustine. 
  • Despite living in Cartagena Colombia, where Castle and walls, we have seemed an attractive activity to perform during a visit to San Agustíne fun
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  • Very cool to walk through and see a piece of history. Look at the walls and see the tiny shells in the bricks they used.... beautiful view.... weekends they do reenactments... weekday only really need...  more »
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  • Awesome place to visit however... Pay for parking then you have to pay for entry. Had I known I would have payed for longer parking now if I want to stay longer I need to wait for my parking to run out since you pay at a station and put ticket on your dash. Then pay to enter... It be nice to get a discount on parking or entry. Watch out for the deep sewer grates in the middle of the parking lot as well. Almost a foot deep. Great views and awesome historical site.
  • Amazing historic place to visit! We went in the middle of July so the heat index was almost 105'! If you want to have a great time, prepare for the heat, it is HOT! If you take a bottled water with you they have refillable stations inside. The bathrooms are air conditioned so you can take a moment to relax and freshen up. The staff is super friendly!! Not sure if this was a promotion or all the time, but at the time of purchasing our passes the gentleman at the front informed us it was good for an entire week! Enjoy!
  • This was a nice add to our family vacation. I have an 8 year old who has lots of questions in regards to our History so this was definitely a nice educational experience. Ot was cool to imagine all that happened in the spots we stood so many years ago.
  • A Spanish fort in the oldest city in North America, the fort and the dedicated and knowledgeable national park employees that keep it up and explain everything about it so well are truly an amazing gift to the American story. A magnificent fort set on a beautiful location, cannot say enough good things about it, a must see!
  • Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the Castillo. Back then there was water (and fish) in the moat but the grounds and the fort itself seem perfectly preserved in time. My wife and bring our kids up to the lawn as often as possible to just sit and watch the city pass by. This is an absolute treasure and I feel fortunate that I get to pass this monument a couple of times a week as I work around town. If you have a tripped planned to our wonderful city carve out some time to go inside or at least walk all the way around it - it is well worth the investment of your time!