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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

In the northeast part of the state, in St. Augustine

 

Castillo de San Marcos was for many years the northernmost outpost of Spain's vast New World empire. Begun in 1672 and completed in 1695, its the oldest masonry fort and the best-preserved example of a Spanish colonial fortification in the continental United States. The site was proclaimed a national monument on October 15, 1924.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Attending ranger presentations, living-history reenactments, and cannon-firing demonstrations, self-guided tours. Facilities: Interpretive exhibits inside rooms within the fort. Bookstore, gift shop. Programs & Events: Ranger presentations (daily). Cannon-firing demonstrations (summer weekends at 11, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30). Confederate encampment (Jan.); Union encampment (Mar.); Spanish "Nightwatch" (June); Change of Flags ceremony (July); Siege of 1702 reenactment (Nov.); British "Nightwatch," Christmas open house (Dec). Tips & Hints: Busiest Apr-July, least crowded Oct.-Jan.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

 

Entrance fee: $5 adults, $2 ages 6-16. Leashed dogs only on grounds. No pets in fort. No alcohol. Grounds are open 5:30 am-midnight; fort interior is open 8:45-4:45.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

The monument is in the center of St. Augustine, on Matanzas Bay. Nearest airport: Jacksonville (40 mi).

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument on map