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THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA {SERIES} – Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

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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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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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  • Kevin
    February 13, 2019

    Thanks for alerting readers to what a fantastic destination St. Augustine is! Our oldest city in America, and one so rich with culture and great sites!
    Thanks again
    Kevin

  • Marcie
    July 17, 2018

    Oh what a fun and education family adventure! We’ll have to check out Castillo de San Marcos National Monument at some point!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    June 30, 2018

    That looks like a great place to visit. I love to go to places where you can learn about the history of that certain place and learn new things.

  • Charli Bruce
    June 15, 2018

    I visited Florida many times when I was a kid but haven’t been since being an adult and having children of my own. I would love to visit again x

  • ohmummymia
    June 14, 2018

    I’ve never been to Florida but it’s on my bucket list! That castle’s really nice I bet you had a lovely time

  • morry elder
    June 14, 2018

    Florida has History. a lot of it. looks like you had fun though.

  • Caitlin + Dani
    June 14, 2018

    Your pictures are gorgeous! We love all of your recommendations.

  • Vanessa Delia
    June 14, 2018

    This spot is full of some awesome history! I wish I was closer to it so I could go see it!

  • Apolline
    June 13, 2018

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I have never been to Florida and this gives me an idea about its history.

  • Jojo Hua
    June 13, 2018

    This looks so interesting and historic. My parents would love this. If I ever go to Florida with them, I’ll be sure to recommend this to them 🙂

  • Hannah
    June 13, 2018

    We will have to keep this in mind for when we go to Florida! We also are looking to take a road trip to Florida thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Cris
    June 13, 2018

    What a beautiful and historical place! I am sure you all had a wonderful time out there!

  • tia mckinzie
    June 13, 2018

    I have never been to Florida but we will have to add this to the bucket list! I love historical sites!

  • Andrea
    June 12, 2018

    I grew up in South Florida and we went to a bunch of school trips to St. Augustine, it was a lot of fun, and I have some fun memories I haven’t been in years though, easily 8.

  • jplagens
    June 12, 2018

    I had no idea this was in Florida. It is not a ride or a cartoon character, as you said, but it is pretty interesting. Lots of history.

  • andrea
    May 31, 2018

    i grew up in south florida and have not been to a lot of these places and done these things. i really need to think of maybe going next time i am in florida.

  • georgia boanoro
    May 31, 2018

    I guess this was a very fun day, with interesting stuff to learn! You guys are looking great!

  • Marysa
    May 30, 2018

    This looks like such a cool place to visit. We’ve been wanting to visit Florida for a while, and there is really no shortage of things to do! This would be a great way to learn some history and culture along our trip.

  • Victoria
    May 29, 2018

    This sounds like a wonderful trip. I used to live in Fl, but unfortunately I never even knew about this.

  • Esther Irish
    May 29, 2018

    I’d love to visit. Planning a trip to Florida this year. I’ll have to add this to my list!

  • Carol Cassara
    May 26, 2018

    Florida is such a fun place to visit, there’s so much to enjoy there, from theme parks to aquariums. I think this place it amazing and the kids can learn so much from it!

  • Agentszerozerosetter
    May 25, 2018

    That’s a beautiful place to visit! Full of history and culture, love it!

  • Mommy B
    May 25, 2018

    This is an interesting monumental history! Fort or a castle, I sure want to visit these kinds of places holding so much history.

  • Meagan Blaikie
    May 24, 2018

    I remembering visiting St. Augustine when I was littel and it always fascinated me. There is so much history for kids to learn about.

  • Catalina
    May 24, 2018

    I love travelling! And love to visit places like Castillo de San Marcos, places that are full of history and stories to tell. i would love to visit it one day!

  • swathi
    May 24, 2018

    Looks like great place to visit and lot of history attached to it. When I visit Florida I will try to visit this place . thanks for sharing the info.

  • Lynndee
    May 24, 2018

    We love visiting historical places such as this. We’ll keep this place in mind once we get the chance to visit Florida.

  • Alaina Monster
    May 24, 2018

    I love that they have taken the time to set up each room and answer all questions so thoughtfully. I think that really helps someone get the most out of this historical experience.

  • LaToyia Dennis
    May 24, 2018

    Your photos are amazing. Looks like a great place to visit.

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye
    May 24, 2018

    As much as I’ve been to Florida, I didn’t know any of this exists~ How cool!

  • Sara Welch
    May 23, 2018

    That place has a lot of great culture. I would definitely check it out if I could!

  • Minakshi Bajpai
    May 23, 2018

    It looks like a nice place to visit and exploring it is a great adventure. I am sure my kids will definitely enjoy this place too.

  • Shannon Gurnee
    May 23, 2018

    I had not heard of this location before, but it looks like you got some really beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Wanda Lopez
    May 23, 2018

    I’ve been to St. Augustine and loved the entire tour. It’s a great experience for kids and grown-ups alike. So much to learn and see. The history is just amazing.

  • BONNIE G
    May 23, 2018

    Wow, that is so awesome. My husband loves going to places like this. Maybe we will be able to see it this summer when we visit my brother down that way.

  • Danielle
    May 23, 2018

    This looks great and different from the other things people normally do in Florida. A good way to learn some history.

  • Ruth I.
    May 23, 2018

    I bet these are all fun! These are all amazing place that I would love to see.

  • Sondra Barker
    May 23, 2018

    A Florida I’m unfamiliar with! Great itinerary and beautiful photos

  • Pujarini
    May 23, 2018

    I would love to visit with my family. Pinning this for later!

  • Rose Ann Sales
    May 23, 2018

    It looks like a nice place to visit and exploring it is a great adventure. I am sure my kids will definitely enjoy this place too!

  • LiveLoveAndAdventure
    May 23, 2018

    Thanks for this information. I had no idea this historical opportunity existed in Florida although I have gone there several times for work. I love checking out new places in the cities I travel to.

  • hartwanders.com
    May 23, 2018

    wow! oen thing i always do when i travel is to learn about their history. glad thay have something like this in florida! thanks for the info!

  • Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    May 23, 2018

    St. Augustine is one of my favorite places! Were you able to see them fire the canons? I also love the ghost tours you can take of the city at night!

  • Adriana C.
    May 22, 2018

    Ive never been to St. Augustine but Ive heard many great things about it. I would love to visit. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time.

  • Jennifer
    May 22, 2018

    What a wonderful trip! I love taking my kids to living history exhibits and showing the artifacts in their own setting. It makes such a huge impression.

  • Jean
    May 22, 2018

    Castillo de San Marcos is now officially part of my travel to-do list, whenever I go back to Florida. And for the record, I don’t know if it’s a “castle” or a “fort.” 😉

  • Tara Pittman
    May 22, 2018

    This would be an awesome place to explore. The boys would also get a history lesson too.

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 22, 2018

    Hands up I absolutely LOVE history so going somewhere like this monument is right up my street – it looks incredible to be able to go and explore it.

  • Heather
    May 22, 2018

    My son loves history. This year they learned all about the Westward Expansion. I think he would love learning about the history behind Castillo de San Marcos and seeing an exhibit like this.

  • Mama Ash {Erica}
    May 22, 2018

    Wow! Looking at your pics reminds me of our summer in Kingston, Ontario and when visiting Fort Henry. Very similar, naturally of course!

  • Asha Raval
    May 22, 2018

    I LOVE Castles!!! What amazing history and architecture! If I visit Florida I will have to check out this beautiful castle!

    xoxo

    Asha

    http://www.mscoffeeandcream.com

  • Nabanita Dhar
    May 22, 2018

    Wow! Now I want to take a break and go somewhere half decent!

  • GiGi Eats
    May 22, 2018

    OH WOW!! I had no idea FL has anything like this!!! I always associate it with Disneyworld! haha!

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