What to do in St. Augustine: the historic district

By Francis Vachon,
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What I like best to do when I travel to a new city is stroll without a plan. I just let me eyes and my ears guide my feet as I walk aimlessly. In Florida, the town of St. Augustine, where I was to learn more about THE PLAYERS Championship, is perfect for that as the historic district has so much for you to discover in a pedestrian-friendly setting. Actually, the two most interesting streets are out of bounds for cars.

The oldest city in the continental U.S. was under Spanish rules for a long time. The Spanish influence is everywhere, especially in the architecture and the restaurants, and that’s part of what makes the city so interesting.

Your stroll will start at Castillo Dr and St. George Street, just by the Castillo de San Marcos and near the Pirate Museum. From there, you will take St. George Street south. The narrow pedestrian street is filled with small stores, great restaurants and Spanish influenced architecture. On your left, you will see the Colonial Quarter. Stop there for a few hours.

Walk until you cross Cathedral Pl, at Plaza de la Constitucion and look on your left. You will see the only "skyscraper" of St. Augustine. Then look right to the magnificent Flagler College. Explore both, then cross the Plaza to King Street. Take it your left for just one block as you will take Aviles Street on your right. Similar to St. George Street, Aviles is a short walk you don’t want to miss. Bring you camera and a large memory card.

Before you take Aviles Street, take a gander at the river. You see the Bridge of Lions and the Marina. If you are lucky, Nao Victoria and The Galleon, replica ships from the age of Sail, will be anchored. You can visit them and I strongly urge you to do so.

This is the basis of your stroll that goes across the heart of the historic district. Meander around at will as the city is so beautiful!



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