Did you know that the Whetstone Chocolate Factory originally opened in 1966 by two lifelong Florida residents? It was a small ice cream store on St. George Street and the two owners later created a homemade fudge recipe. Now, the Whetstone Chocolate Factory sells unique and decadent artisan chocolates. Tours educate guests about the growth, harvesting, and production of chocolate and about the different varieties of chocolate. Come take the tour! Your visit won’t be as sweet anywhere else!
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Or… just visiting the City Gates of St. Augustine would work too! The Old City Gates lie towards the north end of St. George Street and were at one time the only entrance into St. Augustine! It is a truly striking site composed of two ancient columns made of stone, which were built in 1808 as a line of defense for the city. They are a reminder of the turbulent times faced by the first American colonists and are a true landmark of America’s Oldest City.
Castillo de San Marcos is one of St. Augustine’s most impressive and beautiful attractions! It is constructed of coquina stone shipped in from Anastasia Island. It attracts thousands of people each year who are eager to learn about one of St. Augustine’s historic defenses which held prisoners of the Seminole and Civil War. Come enjoy the cannon firings, historical reenactments, and exclusive tours of the bastion!
Stepped back in time lately? Visit St. Augustine’s Oldest Store Museum and enjoy demonstrations from turn-of-the-century inventions to the best time saving miracles from 1900 like goat powered washing machines, gas powered irons, steam-driven tractors, tonics, worm syrup, guns, bikes, and more!
Feel like traveling back 200 years? If so, stroll along the Historic Spanish Quarter and enjoy the various restored buildings of this colonial village! Take tour through the Government House which feature current exhibits of the city’s past. Watch historians relive the life of Spanish soldiers and their families or enjoy demonstrations by blacksmiths, carpenters, candle-makers, and other tradesmen!
Did you know that not only is the Tolomato Cemetery one of Florida’s oldest cemeteries, but that it also is the final resting place of many confederate soldiers? This cemetery offers this unique experience of offering guests a glimpse into the history of the people who lived and died in St. Augustine! Many important religious and political figures have been buried here from Father Pedro Camps, pastor of the Minorcan colonists, to the first Bishop of St. Augustine Augustin Verot! Come and explore the history and lives of past St. Augustinians!
Carriage rides are a true memorable experience while visiting historic St. Augustine. If you enjoy Castillo de San Marco and the inspiration you’ll feel from viewing it, then riding in a horse-drawn carriage is the perfect experience for you! Enjoy the picturesque harbor and the feeling of nostalgia as you step back in time by reliving the history of America’s oldest city.
Mr. Henry Flagler. You see his name and his legacy all throughout Southern America. Through St. Augustine’s History Museum you can learn all about his contributions and his sparks that changed real estate and transportation industries. View the authentic artifacts, unpublished photographs, and learn about the growth of St. Augustine while it was under Spanish and British rule! There is more than 400 years of history featuring toys, dolls, and more from Floridian past!
Did you know that what now serves as a beautiful architectural institution of learning was once the grounds of the Ponce de Leon Hotel? It was built in 1888 and is known for it’s beautiful settings and luxurious amenities! Now more than 2000 students attend Flagler college every year since millions of dollars have been spent renovating and restoring the historic buildings! You can hop off the trolley at Stop #13 take a stroll around this beautiful campus.
We had a great time this past weekend in St. Augustine with our good friends at Patriot Service Dogs. We got to meet our two Old Town Trolley sponsored puppies, Dudley, a black Labrador retriever and Diego a golden retriever. They got to do meet and greets with out guests and take a tour or two! After their training is complete Dudley and Diego will make fabulous service companions for a wounded veteran returning from war.