Comfort Suites at the World Golf Village
475 Commerce Lake Dr.
Saint Augustine, FL 32095
Phone: (904) 940-9500
Fax: (904) 940-9600
475 Commerce Lake Dr., Saint Augustine, FL, US, 32095
- Phone: (904) 940-9500
- Fax: (904) 940-9600
Visit this sanctuary and meet lions, tigers, wolves and more. They take reservations in advance for Wednesday tours at 2 p.m. and Saturday tours at 1 p.m. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. No drop-in guests, please. Reservations are required in advance.
Bring the whole family for a day of fun at this amusement park that features a European style go-kart track, a children's go-kart track, batting cages, a miniature golf course, a Max Flight simulator, and Florida's first full service outdoor paintball facility.
Located on a beautiful barrier island just south of Ponte Vedra in north Florida, this 2,400-acre Guana River State Park offers visitors sand-dune surroundings, protected beaches, salt marshes, tidal creeks and 17 historic cultural sites. Beach-goers can park in two locations. After walking across a short boardwalk, they'll find one of the most peaceful and unspoiled beaches in the Jacksonville area. Many species of wildlife can be spotted. Hiking, biking, bird watching, boating and fishing are just some of the activities that the park supports.
The Old John's County Jail is an excellent jumping off point for tours of historic St Augustine. In addition to ample parking, it is home to one of several sightseeing trains, extended covered trucks that ferry tourists between St Augustine's many historic points of note. The Old Jail also features a modest museum and the perennial gift shop, and is just steps from the gates of the old colonial quarter.
Approximately 35 miles south of Jacksonville is where the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon is believed to have come ashore on April 2, 1513 in search of an elusive 'fountain of youth'. The Landmark Cross, consisting of 27 different stone slabs, is on display. Stroll through the excavations of the original colony of St. Augustine, the continent's first European settlement. The planetarium outlines Ponce de Leon's voyage using celestial navigation.
Turn back the clock and soak up some fascinating history at Americas first mission, founded in 1565 in St. Augustine. It was at this site that Menendez knelt to kiss the wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, the chaplain of his expedition, and here that Lopez celebrated the first parish mass and began his missionary work. A bronze memorial to Father Lopez stands on the lagoon's eastern bank, along with the Great Cross, erected as a memorial of the Mission's 400th anniversary. Admission is free.
This was St Augustine's original place of interment for the residents of the old colony and from its days as an early American city. The headstones are a veritable chronicle of St Augustines early history and show the transition from one national affiliation from the next in many cases. Located just outside the old city gates, this makes an interesting quiet detour on a walking tour of the colonial quarter.
Step back in time as you visit the oldest remaining European fortification in the nation. Castillo de San Marcos dates back to 1672 and is a fine example of military architecture from the Spanish empire. It served as a prison for a short time and was declared a national monument in 1924. Immerse yourself in history during one of the fort's historic reenactments, living history events or spooky torchlight tours at night. The fort's original cannons are periodically fired during the summer months.
Although Florida is not famous for its wineries, the French Huguenots produced the first fermented beverages here on the state's northeast coast nearly 400 years ago. San Sebastian's grapes are grown and processed at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, near Orlando, but the final steps in production are carried out here. Visitors are welcome to tour the winery and sample the San Sebastian's dry, sweet and spicy wines. A small shop sells wine and accessories to visitors.
This drug store is nothing like today's pharmacies. Located on Orange Street at the corner of Cordova, this old-time spot sports wooden floors, old cash registers and a wood and glass apothecary filled with bottles of old remedies, elixirs and tonics. In the adjacent gift shop, you can find collectibles, jewelry, pewter figures and Christmas items.
Built on a generous lot of land donated by Henry Flagler, this historic Romanesque Revival style church features cone-shaped turrets and decorative brickwork.
Built by Henry Flagler as a memorial to his daughter, Jennie Louise Benedict, and is now his burial place, this historic church features a copper dome, hand carved Santo Domingo mahogany pews, marble floors, Sienna marble tiled floors, and stained glass windows which depict the Apostles Creed.