Historic St. Augustine, Florida

Are you a fan of history? I am!

Then perhaps you should visit historic St. Augustine Florida! Taking a walk down the narrow cobblestone streets of St. Augustine can almost transport you back in time!

Ghosts & Gravestones St. Augustine Frightseeing Tour anyone?

Do you love old graveyards? Does the ghostly hold an attraction for you!  If you really love graveyards and ghostly tours, then St. Augustine is the place to be!  Click this link to buy the tickets for your tour Ghosts & Gravestones St. Augustine Frightseeing Tour.  

Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let our ghost be your guide. Visit Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ranson’s gruesome execution and enter the town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter. Don’t miss this frightfully fun ghost tour!”

There are many different types of tours available here.  

We enjoyed on the St Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour. Get to know St Augustine and its top attractions on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Board one of the trolleys and enjoy the live commentary from an expert guide who knows this historic city inside and out. Hop off at any of the 19 stops, then hop back on when it’s convenient, anytime over the course of three consecutive days.” It is an awesome tour and you get a lot of “bang” (The tour starts at the old jail!) for the buck!  LOL

We were not able to “hop-on-and-off” as the tour is intended. But, there was special handicap seating available and they allowed me to park my scooter at the depot! The handicap seating on this tour is limited. My suggestion, stop by the depot early and let the ticket master know that you need one of those handicap spots.  He will give you your tickets and a time to return, guaranteeing your “spot.” on the tour!  The old Jail and a few other quaint little gift shops are right there at the depot as well, and I am sure it won’t be difficult to find something to occupy your time while you wait!

The National Park Service

Perhaps this would be a good place to pause, for a public service announcement that could benefit my “handi-capable” friends and followers.  This was the first “road trip” that Denise and I took after my amputation.  I didn’t have my prosthetic leg yet, but I was lucky enough to have a mobility scooter to get around on.  The park rangers at the information booth informed me that there is a “Lifetime pass for US citizens or permanent resident. medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities!” (I believe there is a one time cost for the pass, but it is well worth every penny!)

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

The pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites! Not only did they tell me about this awesome program that gives me “free” access to all of this great Nation’s National Parks but they hooked me up with a pass, on the spot! I am now a proud holder of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass!  Consider this one of our “know before you go” teaching moments!  (Just follow this link for more information.)

Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is “a monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation.  Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.

“The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called coquina (Spanish for “small shells”), made of ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba, to construct the fort in addition to Native American laborers. The coquina was quarried from the ‘King’s Quarry’ on Anastasia Island in what is today Anastasia State Park across Matanzas Bay from the Castillo, and ferried across to the construction site. Construction began on October 2, 1672 and lasted twenty-three years, with completion in 1695.” – Wikipedia

The coquina actually absorbed the cannon shot that pounded the fort walls and can still be seen it its walls today!  Amazing!  Although I was not able to climb the walls of this great fort, we enjoyed every minute of our time there. And, I should mention, I can’t wait to go back now that I have my prosthetic leg and can climb the towers!

You can find a few more of the photos from our trip here:  St. Augustine, Photo Gallery

Know, before you go!

If you are planning a trip to St. Augustine, I suggest you visit Trip Advisors site. “The top 10 things to do in St. Augustine

This is a historic city and as such some of the buildings and cobblestone streets are difficult for the mobility challenged to navigate.  But, I can ensure you that this destination is worth the journey to discover!

Think you will have trouble finding something to do? Think again…

I’m going to stop there because I think you get the idea.  

There is so much to see and do here that there is no way you can see it all in one trip.  So, come on back any time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and browse the shops, stop and have a meal and a drink, I’m sure the locals won’t mind!

 St. Augustine, Photo Gallery

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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