Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
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  • sandyk8102018
    Springfield, Virginia76 contributions
    Very historic. How have I never heard of this place before?
    Really enjoyed the tour here. Lots of walking, very few sitting down places, warning, especially in the sun. There was a docent giving a historical speech and then a q & a time, really knowlegable. My husband was born in Florida and had never heard of this place. The historical focus has always been on Jamestown or Plymouth Rock but this has been here since 1565. Well, worth the exploration.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • JHM231
    Connecticut229 contributions
    Great unique, historical place to visit.
    Nicely preserved Spanish fort with a good amount of historical information. National Parks do a great job of recreating some of the rooms and explaining the timeline of the history, which is very interesting. It was pretty busy with school field trips. Also great view from the top of the fort. Must see when visiting the town.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Hallie
    24 contributions
    Fun experience to see a historical site
    While in St. Augustine we visited the fort. We did not pay to go inside, but we did walk all the way around the fort. On the outside you walk around what used to be the moat. You can see the drawbridge, the different cannons that were used, and more. And next to each there is an information stand that gives you a description of what you are looking at. We also got to see the cannon demonstration. It was a very cool site to visit and learn about the historical significance. You can pay the $15 or so dollars to enter inside and see more details of the fort, but if you don't want to spend the money, you can see a lot on the outside.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Kristen R
    24 contributions
    Watch the Cannon Demo
    I’ve been here several times this year and love every time! Make sure you watch them fire the cannons! The best spot to watch are the benches across from the cannons on the side closest to the building you buy tickets from (turn right when you get to the top of the stairs) We came back and walked the wall at night…very cool!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Heidicrnp
    Southampton, Pennsylvania84 contributions
    Step back in time.
    This fort is great and well worth the visit. There is a audio tour that you can use by phone if you want. There are also plenty of picture guides and park rangers willing to help. The only disappointment is that the firearm demonstrations occur only on weekends. The recommendation to park in the city parking lot is a good one
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 26, 2023
  • elload
    Tampa, Florida96 contributions
    Amazing History
    You don't go to St. Augustine and not visit the Castillo. Built by the Spanish and nearly destroyed by the U.S. National Park Service, the fort has survived Spanish (twice), English, and American rule and fought back the French with it's unique coquina walls and foundation. Take the time to visit the fort and surrounding area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 29, 2023
  • AnitaS484
    Dunnellon, Florida1,029 contributions
    Where the city started
    A must see when you are in St. Augustine. A glimpse inside history with beautiful views from the top. Watch your step if you are unsteady on your feet. There are no handle holds on steps and the walls are rough and sharp.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Exnortherner
    Dobbs Ferry, New York981 contributions
    Highly recommend
    We arrived at the of fort when it opened at 9am and found a small line of people waiting on line to buy admission tickets. Fortunately, my wife and I have Lifetime National Park passes and went straight in. For a country with a relatively short history, Castillo de San Marcos represents a look back at our earliest times. It is a wonderful treasure that basically traces the history of Florida. Because of other commitments, we only spent an hour and a half touring the fort, but could easily have spent another hour.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Tom C
    Muskegon, Michigan6 contributions
    Fort in St Augustine
    Lots of history there explained by the actors. They explained everything from how a musket was loaded and fired to how the solders slept three to a bed alternating head to toe. The bathroom system they used was interesting as well as the coquina construction of the fort.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Jena N
    Stitzer, Wisconsin129 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Interesting fort right near the water. It is a national monument, so there is a fee to enter. We enjoyed walking around it and then also on top of it. This was a stop on our hop on/hop off trolley tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
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LBReed68
La Grange, KY36 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It is run by the national park service. Unfortunately, the rain on the weekend kept us from seeing the reenactments, cannon and weapons, but the other exhibits were vey interesting. We had visited the fort in San Juan the previous year, and it was neat to compare the two structures and the history of their occupations.
Written February 27, 2024
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX1,857 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
On the water’s edge just east of the Lion’s Bridge. This National Park is the oldest masonry fort on the continental US and is definitely worth a visit. Kids will enjoy walking around the top of the fort. If one of you is 62+, purchase a lifetime senior pass for $80. It was cover you and 3 others, and will get you into any US National Park for free (including Refuges, National Monuments)
Written February 25, 2024
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vacationersforlife
Derwood, MD27 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a late review … we came the week of Thanksgiving 2023. As soon as we got to the ticket office, we were greeted by a rude park employee but luckily she was at the ticket counter and we didn’t have to deal with her again. We thought the grounds are beautifully kept, it’s well preserved and/or gratefully replicated and tastefully presented. Our tween liked it but not as much as we did.

We enjoyed walking around and visiting the exhibits. It was informative and educational. It was a mild day with a wonderful breeze blowing, overlooking the ocean. The parking situation wasn’t the best but that was likely because it was during Thanksgiving and Night of Lights event, so it was busy.

History I wasn’t aware of until I visited here.
Written February 20, 2024
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Jim H
Hagerstown, MD227 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
An interesting look into history and knowledge increase. Revealed may weapons of that era and how the Spanish defended the city . Massive structure.
Written February 14, 2024
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journalmytrips
Georgia695 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had visited this site many years ago but felt that another visit would be interesting since in the meantime we had read much of the history of that era. The fort is well kept considering its age. The displays in the various rooms were well done and informative. If you have the time, walk around some of the area outside of the fort. And if possible try to go early in the day. Parking is available near to the fort with payment at a kiosk where you decide how long your visit will last. That parking fills up quickly.
Written February 13, 2024
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Kristin C
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States134 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Right by the historic city of St. Augustine. Loved the history and the views. We have a national park pass so did mot have to pay to get in. Really enjoyed learning its part in the history of our oldest city!
Written February 11, 2024
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Chekist
Arlington, VA37 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Excellent example of a Spanish fort which was built in the late 1580's. The fort was controlled at different times by Spain, Britain, the Confederate army and finally the U.S. military. Today the National Park Service owns the site. Another Spanish fort owned by the NPS, Fort Matanzas, is about 15 miles away. Yet another NPS fort, this one French, is Fort Caroline, which was established in 1564. This one is located in the Jacksonville area, about 40 miles north of St. Augustine.
Written February 8, 2024
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Ken B
Saint Joseph, MI164 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoy our time learning able the history and exploring the fort. There is no where else in North American you to can stand in the middle of a building over 450 years old!
Written January 29, 2024
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Virginie L
7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Very nice place et well situated but noisy with the road besides, the upper appartment and the door still clacking.
A bit disappointing....
Written January 26, 2024
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Vacationeer_9
Topeka, KS79 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
A great historical lesson as part of the St Augustine's rich and vibrant history. Going in January was wonderful, as the crowds were so much lighter. A unique fort, unlike any I've visited so far. The grounds were well kept, and you can tell the love that the locals have for this monument of St Augustine. Lots of walking, but well worth it.
Written January 21, 2024
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