Labeled as the biggest wine fight in America, the Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine) is a St. Augustine event where 2000 people squirt each other with red wine. All of this is done in the name of charity. Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine’s hearty souls were raising money for the Wolfsan’s Children Hospital. We are pleased to say not only did they have a great time, but the Old Town Trolley team placed second!
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We had the good fortune of showing America’s Oldest City to over 60 of the worlds most beautiful married women. The Mrs. International Pageant is taking place on July 25 and 26 in Jacksonville and these busy ladies headed south for some fun aboard Old Town Trolley Tours. The contestants come from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Mrs. International pageant began in 1987 to promote married women’s commitment to the marriage and family, their accomplishments in the home and community and to open doors for married women around the world. The pageant is open to married women ages 21- 56.
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!
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!