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Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Well preserved Spanish Fort. Shooting gun. A lot of old outbuildings, disguised as soldiers of the animators. On the day of our visit entry was free.
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  • visit of the Castle and the city of Jackson first step in our road trip in Florida. tour in English and Spanish.
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  • One word describes this place. It is FABULOUS! We loved visiting here. We had talked about checking it out for quite some time. Then, a family wedding brought us to the area and we knew we would drive...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Kids loved the old fort, we had a great time, staff was very friendly. We would highly recommend going. One piece of advice the parking lot is tiny we got there when it opened, about 5 minutes before and there were probably about 10-15 spaces left, so get here early if you want to park right outside. The bonus is you can pay for up to 4 hours I believe which is enough time to hit the fort first then cross over to St George street. Lots of great food and drink.
  • Great history behind the walls, friendly staff, priced ok at $10 adults, it was very nice for picture taking; be sure to take a tripod for a perfect sunset. I wish I would have had gone earlier to avoid people on my pictures....other than that it was perfect...parking could be difficult so avoid your rush hours...
  • The Castillo de San Marcos is a must-see attraction among the historic sites of downtown St Augustine. From the drawbridge you walk over to enters it's walls to the hidden tunnels leading to mysterious rooms the feeling of meaningful history overwhelms you. See the perches where brave men guarded the coast and the cannons that they used in battles, see the rooms that held their supplies and cannonballs and witness a part of history that lives on in the minds of us residents. Whether you just moved to the area, are thinking about it, or just passing through, the Castillo de San Marcos is St Augustine's crown jewel, and for the price of a tour it would be an absolute shame to miss.
  • 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!
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