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Exploring St. Augustine America’s Oldest City By Beth Graham

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ravelers flock to Florida for its pristine beaches but many are missing out on one of the country’s most historic towns, St. Augustine, located just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville on North Florida’s first coast. It was Ponce de Leon’s quest for the Fountain of Youth that led him to Florida in 1513, and today, this is one of St. Augustine’s most popular

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attractions. Decades later in 1565, Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés established the Oldest City, which celebrated its 450th anniversary in 2015. The Spanish influence is still prevalent all over the city through the architecture, food, and cultural attractions. Visitors will feel as though they are transported to another era. Much of the historic district is walkable, although the old trolleys and horse-drawn carriages are a great way to see the city.

You’ll find both tourists and locals strolling St. George’s Street, the city’s historic district lined with cobblestone streets, quaint outdoor cafes, and offbeat artisan shops.

Exploring History

St. Augustine has become somewhat of a school field trip mecca, allowing students to experience the country’s history up close and personal. The city’s top attractions offer

FWT Magazine: food wine travel - Issue 5, Fall 2016  

Welcome to Issue Five of the quarterly FWT Magazine. It gives us great pleasure to bring you another issue, this one themed “USA & Canada.”

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