14 Fun Facts about St. Augustine, Florida

by Janis on June 27, 2013

Photo by Excel23

Along the east coast of Florida is a city called St. Augustine, full of sights, sounds and a vast array of history. Here are 14 Fun Facts about St. Augustine.

1. St. Augustine was the first city in America. Therefore making it the oldest city in the United States, founded by the Spanish in 1565.

Fountain of Youth2. The legendary spring, the Fountain of Youth, made famous by explorer Ponce de Leon, is in St. Augustine and located on what is now known as the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.

Crescent Beach3. Located in St. Johns County, St. Augustine is approximately 9.43 square miles.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

4. St. Augustine has its own marvelous white and black striped lighthouse with the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

5. Each year at Christmastime, St. Augustine hosts a Night of Lights making it one of the best holiday light displays in the country with almost 2 million lights.

Ripley's Believe It or Not6. St. Augustine has its own Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum with oddities, useless facts and interesting sights.

Alligator Farm7. St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park was founded in St. Augustine in 1893 and is still in operation today.

 Fort Mantanzas. Photo by Intergalacticz9

8. St. Augustine has three forts that guard it. Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Mantanzas, and Fort Mose were all built to protect the city. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.

9. The World Golf Hall of Fame calls St. Augustine home.

10. St. Augustine can boast that it has the narrowest street in the U.S. Treasury Street is only 7 feet wide!  

Crescent Beach.311. St. Augustine is the oldest port in the continental United States.

Dolphin at MarinelandDolphin with ball12. Marineland, a dolphin encounter exhibit, has been in existence for 75 years allowing visitors to swim, feed, and interact with dolphins along the beaches of St. Augustine.

Santa Maria Restaurant along the water13. More than 13,000 people call St. Augustine home.

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Photo by User:Shreeg88

14. The oldest wooden schoolhouse is located in St. Augustine built in 1716.

 

Morgan LargeThis is a guest post by Morgan Large, a graduate student at the University of Arkansas.

Morgan loves to explore the world. She’s traveled across the United States and to 11 countries. St. Augustine is one of Morgan’s favorite places to visit.

Originally from Ohio, Morgan currently lives in Arkansas with her Australian Shepherd, Oxley.

At the  University of Arkansas, Morgan’s studies are focused in agricultural communications.  Her blog,  RazorBuck: A Midwestern girl living in a Southern world highlights her adventures in photography, cooking and travel.

 

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