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During our recent stay in St. Augustine, FL, we were provided with tickets to so many fun tours and attractions by the St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau.  I’m continuing our “Things to Do in Florida” series with the famous Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, FL.

When we decided to take a road trip to St. Augustine, FL, it was partly because of the historical aspect of the city.  We are always taking the kids on fun adventures, but we also wanted them to be able to learn during their Spring Break. With over 340 years of history, this beautiful monument exceeded our expectations and showed the girls that learning can be fun too!

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Graduation photo courtesy of NPS.gov

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Some refer to Castillo de San Marcos as a fort and others, as a castle.  I had read about it in books and had seen pictures of it, but standing there with my family, really confirmed that it’s something you have to see in person, to really appreciate.  It took my breath away.  The structure itself is made of coquina and is one of only two forts in the world built out of this semi-rare form of limestone.  Imagine a building made of seashells that was able to withstand not only our crazy Florida weather, but actual attacks and canon fire AND is fire resistant!  It’s no wonder people travel from all over to get a glimpse of this magnificent monument.

As you walk from room to room, you are taken back through history.  I love that they have people working there who are able to answer any question that is thrown at them.  And if you have kids, you know that they come up with some doozies!  They were so patient with the girls’ questions and actually took the time to help them to understand what they were looking at.

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While there are no rides and no cartoon characters to pose with, my daughters were able to find the excitement in learning what had gone on at the Castillo de San Marcos over the last 300+ years. They loved checking out the canons (which Falynn took very seriously, as you can see in her picture below) and standing at the tallest point, looking down at the beautiful city of St. Augustine.  They loved walking through each room, reading what it was used for and imagining what it would be like to live in such an interesting structure.

Construction began on the Castillo de San Marcos in 1672 and lasted 23 years! It’s truly a place that both young and old should visit so if you haven’t, make sure to add it to your bucket list!  You can climb to the top and sit and watch the boats sail by or take a tour.  There is so much to examine and learn from the oldest structure and main attraction in St. Augustine, FL, sitting on 320 acres.

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If you’re in the area, or planning a trip to St. Augustine, FL, we highly recommend stopping by to see the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.  And make sure to check out all of the other fun attractions in St. Augustine, including the Whetstone Chocolate Tasting Tour and don’t forget to stop by our favorite restaurant, St. Augustine Seafood Company.

Have you ever been to St. Augustine, FL? Comment below and share your experience!

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