St. Augustine (Spanish: San Agustín) is a city in Northeast Florida and the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. Thecounty seat of St. Johns County, it is part of Florida's First Coast region and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975.
San Agustín was founded in September 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and subsequently served as the capital of Spanish Florida for two hundred years. It remained the capital of East Florida as the territory changed hands between the Spanish and British, and remained the capital of the Florida Territory until it was moved to Tallahassee in 1824. Since the late 19th century, its historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction. It is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.
It was pretty raining the whole day that we were in St. Augustine, but it was nice and cool and we did a lot of walking so we didn't mind. We spent 4+ hours just walking around the city exploring. Our first stop was Flalgers college which used to be the Hotel Ponce De Leon. It is a gorgeous college and we couldn't believe the architecture.
Next, we walked and saw a few beautiful churches that were in the historic downtown part of St. Augustine. After walking to the churches, we took Gavin to a playground. It was the nicest playground I have ever seen. It was an all wood playground and had two different sections. One section for toddlers, which was perfect for Gavin, and one for the bigger kids.
After the playground we went to eat at Mojo BBQ. It was probably the best BBQ that I have ever had. Their meats were delicious and their smoked corn was to die for. We will be going back to Mojo BBQ soon too. On the way back to the car, we walked through a few streets with little quaint shops. It was a great day and we are excited for our next trip to St. Augustine!
|arial view of St. Augustine via: visit-staugustine.com|
|view of the bridge|
|Flagler College is beautiful!|