With its old-world charm, unique attractions and delightful dining and shopping options, itís easy to see why ďThe Nationís Oldest CityĒ is one of Floridaís top vacation destinations. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is Americaís oldest permanently settled European city. Whether visitors want to explore old lifestyles and long-ago wars, marvel at unique oddities, or see reenactments of days gone by, this historical city will provide an entire vacationís worth of activities. Many tours of the city are available by horse-drawn carriage, train or trolley. Area events are known for their pageantry and individual charm.
Visitors to this historic American city feel like they have stepped back in time as they stroll down St. George Street in St. Augustineís historical district. Hundreds of shops, landmarks and specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wooden crafts, or resort and beach wear, and await the vacationer. With more than 35 antique shops and 20 art galleries, a bounty of treasures - from original creations by local artisans to valuable heirlooms - await discovery throughout 144 blocks of historic homes and sites.
Popular golf and tennis facilities are nearby, as well as boating and fishing. World Golf Village features two world-class resorts, two championship golf courses, unique shopping and dining and is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. A few minutes away across the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine Beach, with its smooth, sandy shores, is a popular seaside destination. Nearby Ponte Vedra Beach is home to some of the most outstanding resorts in the country, with first-class golf and tennis facilities.
Families will find much to see and do in the nation's oldest city. From popular attractions, such as 3D World and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, to water-based activities, including jet skiing, sailing and fishing, kids of all ages will delight in St. Augustine.
This coastal city also affords its visitors virtually perfect weather, year round. Winter tends to be the busiest time of year; however, due to itís proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and historic significance, virtually anytime of year can be wonderful for visitors. In the winter, with the daytime temperatures reaching the high 60ís F to the low 70ís F, itís a perfect time to explore the many historic sites throughout the city. Spring brings warmer temperatures and additional sunshine making it a good time for a nice meal followed by a walk through any of the areas dotted with historical buildings. Summer can be warm with the temperature often exceeding 90 F, but with a warm breeze coming off the Atlantic, it is quite comfortable. Fall is ideal for taking advantage of the numerous events taking place, or just relaxing with a good book. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for a visit, historic St. Augustine is waiting with a warm breeze.