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Oh St. Augustine, You Old Brick: What To Do In USA’s Oldest Town

St. Augustine’s rich heritage makes the city and its surroundings a beautifully unique getaway. It was founded in September 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain.

This town is the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States, in short – “Nation’s Oldest City.” More than four centuries of history are constantly dwelling over every brick, wooden plank and cobble stone. This town owes much to the Spanish, English, Greeks, Native Americans and African Americans. History junkies will enjoy themselves like never before.

Stroll Down The Aviles Street

Photo credit: Lisa Jacobs/Flickr

Photo credit: Lisa Jacobs/Flickr

Aviles is the nation’s oldest public street, dating back to 1573. It’s lined with shops, art galleries and outdoor cafes, and it’s an amazing blend of the historic and the modern. The cobblestone street has recently been renovated, and thus returned to its original charm. Other renovations included new street lighting, public art installations and wider, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks.

Feeding Time At Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum features costumes, furnishings, musical instruments and other artifacts that give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life.

It’s located on the King Street and its courtyard pond is a thing to see.

The pond is filled with large, colorful koi fish. Visitors can purchase fish food at one of the vending machines and toss the pellets to the fish, from the stone bridge.

The fish are full and the people are entertained. Happiness is easily achieved in St. Augustine.

However, if you would like to see something and feeding that a little more unusual, you can check out the alligator farm and its crocodile feeding hour.

Ye Old Jail

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Photo credit: Jared/Flickr

Nothing says 19th century like a 19th century jail, right? It was completed in 1891, and its full name is Old St. Johns County Jail, although it’s known simply as the “Old Jail.” It’s located on San Marco Ave. and it housed prisoners for over 60 years. It is one of the few surviving 19th century jails and because of that it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The Oldest Store Museum

Photo credit: Matt Kelland/Flickr

Photo credit: Matt Kelland/Flickr

This is a really unusual experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. The Oldest Store Museum Experience offers visitors a peek at what it was like back at the turn of the century. You can meet the store’s proprietor, Mr. C.F. Hamblen, and browse over 100,000 items; from tonic and elixirs to collars and corsets, guns and ammunition to a goat powered washing machine.