Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Saint Augustine, Florida
1 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084| Map |
St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is heaven for history buffs, architecture friends and just about everyone else. Spanning an impressive 20.5 acres, this historic fort is the oldest of its kind in the entire United States and is a veritable time capsule of life in the 17th century. Built by Spanish forces on Matanzas Bay between 1672 and 1695, the fort was the main line of defense for the city in its early days and provided treasure ships with safe harbor. The fort, which interestingly was never attacked, boasts shell stone walls that rise an imposing 33 feet into the air, and average about 12 feet thick. On top of that, the beautifully preserved Spanish Colonial-style fort was once surrounded by a moat. Throughout the years, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument served as a military prison for several wars, played a key role in the American struggle for independence and was designated as a national monument in 1924. It’s the perfect place for kids to learn about US history and give their imaginations a kick start.
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Admission to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is free for children under age 15.
Address: 1 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 8:45 am - 5:15 pm. Closed Christmas Day More Info
Price: Adults (16+): $7; Children under 15: Free More Info