Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

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.  Using our custom trip planner, St. Augustine attractions like Castillo de San Marcos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Impressive San Marcos casitllo (but in fact is a Spanish Fort). Much historical explanation. A breathtaking view
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  • This is our first visit to St Augustine and one of the better sources for the history of the city. A definite do not miss  more »
  • If you are the type to say something like, "It's just an old fort, what's the big deal?" Definitely go here!!! This is a national park, this means you will have access to top shelf tour guides and wel...  more »
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  • The only notable problem would be the parking. It took roughly minutes to park in the relatively small lot and the nearby parking garage was full. However it was not too costly to get in, which was pleasant to find out. The views are amazing and the people who worked and/or volunteered were very nice. All of it is wheelchair accessible except for a crawling passage to the powder room and the top floor. It was not too crowded and it is not that easy to get lost, so children fare as easily as any adult. It is to be noted that the walls on the top are not very high, so any children up there should be careful. Highly recommend to anyone sightseeing!
  • Castillo de San Marcos is a must-see attraction if visiting St. Augustine. Plan to visit during the cooler months of the year (November to February) to dodge the famous Florida humidity. Check the weather before you go, and dress in light layers, adding or removing as the day progresses. The location of the fort is gorgeous, overlooking the Matanzas River to its east. Parking is conveniently located so that you can park your car at the fort (though you must pay for parking), and visit multiple attractions within a comfortable walking distance. I highly recommend paying more to extend your parking time if desired so as to visit more local attractions or carve out time for a trolley tour. The educational experience provided at the fort will add a new dimension to one's understanding of American history.
  • The ticket is valid for a week after purchase, so you can visit any time. The fort is great, we highly recommend getting a good spot for the cannon shooting demonstration. If you’re history nerds like us, take the time to walk through each room and read the signs. Also interact with the staff, they are extremely helpful and full of knowledge of the history of the fort. Finally, don’t forget to check out the surrounding grounds. Great for kids and adults. Clean bathrooms as well.
  • Buy yourself a national park pass and start exploring, it'll be the best $80 you've ever spent. This trip was great because I had never been to Florida and I feel like I have gained a lot of important knowledge about the history of the United States. It's a neat fort and it's also educational in the fun way, so it's worth checking out.
  • Gorgeous absolutely stunning. The view is spectacular. And with a lost of history behind it. Most of the volunteers are university professors so not only are they very knowledgeable about the history of the fort and the city itself, but their very passionate about it. So passionate it's contagious. You don't get bored listening to them talk, because they express it with such enthusiasm. Didn't expect to go and get a history lesson, much less enjoy it. Major props to the professors. This is obvious a must see attraction of florida, so rich with history and surrounded by beauty.

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