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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The oldest masonry fort in the United States, the Castillo de San Marcos has exchanged many hands and undergone many name changes throughout the years, but has evolved into a symbol of the cultural clashes that ultimately unify the United States today. Occupying 2.5 acres (101 km²) in downtown St. Augustine, it was first constructed by the Spanish starting in 1672 in order to protect Spanish territories in the New World. Over the next 23 years, the fort was fashioned from a stone called coquina (Spanish for "little shells"), made of ancient shells that have bonded together.

Throughout the years, the fort changed hands between Spanish, British, and American owners, changing its name each time. It also played a vital role in many famous conflicts, from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War. Today, it is a site worth visiting because of its storied history and impressive stature. Walk among the 30 foot (9 m) stone walls and admire the site that was at the center of many of the greatest conflicts in the history of numerous nations.

Practical Info

The monument is located right in downtown St. Augustine.

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St Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Sit back as the talented Old Town Trolley conductors share the history, attractions and sights of America's oldest city. Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in ...  Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $23.69

St. Augustine, Porpoise Point and Old Downtown Helicopter Tour

Departing east from the airport in St. Augustine, approx. 98 miles from Orlando, take to the skies by helicopter and soar over the intra-coastal waterway to ...  Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $89.99

St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas and Downtown Helicopter Tour

This tour is a combination of all the helicopter tours in St. Augustine, 98 miles from Orlando, making it the most comprehensive tour available!

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $204.99

St. Augustine Beach and Old Downtown Helicopter Tour

On this survey of downtown St. Augustine via Helicopter, you'll depart southeast from the airport following the intra-coastal waterway to Anastasia Island. Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $154.99

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