• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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Nearby Attractions

Spanish carpenters thatch a roof on an authentic Spanish Chosa

Thatchers at work on a Spanish house

Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

The Spanish Quarter is a living history museum recreating the life of Spanish soldiers and their families in 1740 St. Augustine. Costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. Tradesmen go about their occupations in blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, candle making and other trades. Houses and gardens reveal the experiences of how families lived, how they grew and cooked their food, and how they tended their livestock in 18th century St. Augustine.

The Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum is only a short five minute walk from the entrance of the Castillo.

 
Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first free black settlement in North America

Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose

Fort Mose Historic State Park

Ft.Mose was founded in 1738 by Florida’s Spanish governor as the first free African American settlement in what is now the United States, FortMose represents a story of courage, determination, and perseverance. The stories of Africans fleeing to freedom, of the Native American Indians who aided them, as well as the Spanish and others touched by FortMose will inspire those who visit.

Fort Mose State Park is three miles north of the Castillo just off US-1.

 
St. Augustine Lighthouse built in 1876

St. Augustine Light built in 1876

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

One of the city's most familiar landmarks, the St. Augustine Lighthouse was one of a series of lighthouses constructed along the Atlantic coastline during the mid-nineteenth century. Completed in 1874 the light boasts a first order Fresnel lens and a spectacular view of the area. At 165 feet it is the second highest lighthouse in Florida.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is located 1.5 miles south of the Castillo just off route A1A.

 
White sands and warm winds cover Anastasia State Park beach

Anastasia Islands white sand dunes

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Recreation Area was first opened to the public in 1949 and since that time has become one of Florida's busiest state parks. Anastasia has everything for the active park visitor. Coastal camping, fishing, sun bathing, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, nature trails and picnicking provide endless hours of enjoyment.

Anastasia State Park is located off A1A, just 1.6 miles South of the Castillo

Did You Know?

Bronze Spanish cannons look out over the city of St. Augustine

Black, or gun, powder is a mix of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal used as a propellant charge in cannons. Burning rapidly when ignited, it expands 600 times its volume creating pressures that can hurl a cannonball up to 3.5 miles! Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida