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Reenact what it was like to be a settler of Florida at the Old Florida Museum in Fort Menendez. The museum is set up to be interactive and guests will get the chance to dress up, play with props and interact with actors who are in character as people who lived in Florida during the 16th to 18th centuries. This is a great attraction for kids and adults who will also enjoy the historical aspects as you learn more about the settling of St Augustine and the surrounding area.
While visiting, you’ll get the chance to dip candles, watch how a loom works, ground corn, make ropes, observe wood working and partake in several other activities from the era. In addition, there are colonial games set up that will further teach your family about the history of the area. There is also an onsite gift shop selling items that are similar to the ones you’ll encounter while touring the Old Florida Museum.
Animal lovers will enjoy visiting Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St Augustine, Florida. It’s also a great attraction for those looking for a break from the many historic sites that St Augustine is known for. Marineland’s aim is to educate visitors about marine life and foster the protection and preservation of animals that swim in the sea. The biggest attraction at Marineland would be the dolphins.
Visitors who partake in the Marineland Dolphin Adventure will get the chance to feed dolphins and see them interact with each other in a setting that largely mimics their natural habitat in the ocean. Different dolphin programs at the park also allow you to swim, touch, feed and even do artwork with dolphins.
Explore a fascinating collection of some of the world’s tiniest artworks at the Micro Masterpiece Art Gallery. Located in downtown St. Augustine, the gallery houses one of the largest collections of micro-miniature paintings, etchings, sculptures, and books in the country, around 30 of which are displayed at a time on a rotating basis.
St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is the oldest masonry fort in the United States and the only intact 17th-century fort. Constructed by the Spanish in 1672 to protect their New World territories, it eventually passed to the British and Americans, and ended up playing a crucial role in the Civil and Spanish–American wars.
With over 1 million alligators in Florida, it would be disappointing to come home from a trip to the Sunshine State without having seen one of these fearsome, massive creatures. Luckily, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park provides a safe and fun way to see—and learn about—the Florida gator. The park is home to more than 20 crocodile species, as well as a variety of other reptiles, mammals, and birds. For an additional cost outside general admission, visitors can zipline through the treetops on two challenging courses.
In addition to educating visitors, the park works with other zoos and organizations around the world to ensure the survival of the species it houses. The park takes part in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, a cooperative population management and conservation program in North America, by breeding crocodiles to to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
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