Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Castillo de San Marcos

Last Saturday we hopped in the car and drove the 5 hours down to St. Augustine, FL to check out Castillo de San Marcos. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city within the contiguous United States, founded in 1565. The fort was built by the Spanish engineer Ignacio Daza in 1695. The architecture and construction of the fort is very interesting and you can read more about that here.


There was a very awesome cannon firing from the park rangers and volunteer actors. They do this several times each day.

I guess given its location, this is a very busy site. We are not used to this big of a crowd on our visits to the national parks.

Below is a picture of the drawbridge








This next picture is looking down into the middle of the fort from the top.







Looking out to the Atlantic ocean


In the end, I recommend going to see this fort. My only advice would be to schedule a weekend trip in St. Augustine vs a day trip. It is a very neat city and there are many other things to see there. Oh, also go in a cooler month than July. Although it is drafty, there is no AC and it's super muggy in Florida in July.

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