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Travel Back In Time To St. Augustine, Florida’s Historical Haven

The Ancient City is ready for history buffs of all ages.

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All winter long, Camp and VISIT FLORIDA are teaming up to send an intrepid Camp Counselor to some of Florida’s best spots for virtual sightseeing expeditions. We call it Travel Tuesdays, and it's taken us everywhere from the Kennedy Space Center to Crystal River.

This week, we’re traveling way back in time — like four centuries back in time — to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Put on your explorer's hat and dive into centuries of history from Spanish, English, Greek, Native American, and African American cultures. Start in the Colonial Quarter with a stop at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, which you’ll have to see to believe it (or not). Get ready for history, culture, and a few days of magic. Let’s go!

Tour the Colonial Quarter

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Go on a living history tour to see what life in St. Augustine was like hundreds of years ago. Experience how people lived, worked, and played before climbing the watchtower to defend against musket attacks. Ready to explore?

While you’re visiting the Colonial Quarter,  you can learn how blacksmiths did their work, lock and load a 17th-century replica musket, and climb 35 feet to the top of a Spanish watchtower for a birds-eye-view of the Castillo de San Marcos and St. Augustine’s bayfront.

Believe It or Not at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

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History can be weird, but not as weird as the oddities and experiences at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. Climb aboard the Red Train Tour and take in the charming sights while learning about the history of the nation’s oldest city.

Visit the ghosts of Castle Warden on the Ripley’s Haunted Castle Tour, and check out the first permanent Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, with more than 800 awe-inspiring oddities you won’t find anywhere else.

Boo! Take in the Sights and See Ghosts on a Trolley Ride

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Explore the spookier side of the Ancient City onboard an old-timey trolley. Let a costumed ghost host be your guide on this frightfully fun riding tour, which winds through the Tolomato Cemetery, old City Gates, and the town’s most haunted building, the Old Jail. Listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places, it is the site of all sorts of spooky experiences.

Plan Your Trip

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Ready to venture to St. Augustine? Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which is about 50 minutes north of St. Augustine. The area is less than two hours away from most major Florida cities, including Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and Orlando.

While you’re in the area, you can fill your itinerary with some wonderful places to stay, eat, and have fun with your family.

Join Us for the Next Travel Tuesdays, Presented by VISIT FLORIDA!

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St. Augustine is the most historical place we’ve visited on our trip through Florida, but certainly not the end of our journey. Come back for Travel Tuesdays next week and join live to see other great Florida destinations.

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