The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Fl, is a convenient and charming day trip from Orlando. The Spanish settlement predates the Jamestown colony by 42 years, and the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, by 55 years. September 8, 2014 marks the 449th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.
Board a luxury motorcoach in Orlando and head East for a Day Trip to St. Augustine, the city that was the Capitol of Spanish Florida for 200 years. You’ll delight at exploring the Colonial-era buildings in the historic district where the cobblestone streets are lined with quaint cafes and unique shops.
Landmark sites not to be missed include the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Construction began in 1672 when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire. The Fort has peacefully changed hands six times, amongst four governments, the Spanish Empire, the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Confederate United States, and the United States of America.
Touted as the site of Ponce de Leon’s 1513 landing, the Fountain of Youth can be found here. The fresh water spring is located in the 15-acre Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
One of the most historic cities in the nation, St Augustine also boasts 43 miles of pristine beaches.