Last Saturday we visited St Augustine in Florida. St Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited city in the U.S. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is also known as the nation’s oldest city.
With only 2 hours to investigate this sea side town, we elected to explore the lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1874. The St Augustine Maritime Museum ensures that a light is kept burning as an aid-to-navigation. There is an admission cost if you decide to climb the lighthouse or explore the surrounding grounds.
We paid our admission and entered the grounds. There are nature trails you can explore, but with so little time, we headed directly to the lighthouse.
En route to the top, there were interesting tidbits about the history of the lighthouse. The 219 steps, if you don’t mind heights, lead to a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
After the lighthouse, we explored the keeper’s house. It was interesting to see that since 1997, maritime archaeology has been funded by the St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
After the lighthouse, we parked by Flagler College on King St. This area immediately caught our notice while passing through town. It is extremely picturesque populated with shops and restaurants. We also visited the lovely Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine. I noticed there were quite a few museums as well. The beautiful weather ensured that we passed a quick, but delightful two hours.