If you are looking for St. Augustine Vacation rentals, make sure you pick one close to the historical sites in this city, which is the nation's oldest city. Below you will find some of the best places to visit which are ideally located near your St. Augustine vacation home.
The Oldest Wooden School House
This old red cedar school house is found near the City Gates. Adults pay $3, while seniors pay only $2.50. All students' ages six through twelve pay $2, and all children under five are free.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM. The School House is closed for a half day on Thanksgiving Day and closed all day on Christmas.
St. Augustine's Lighthouse & Museum
Climb up 219 steps to the top of St. Augustine's Lighthouse to enjoy the spectacular view from the observation deck. The climb will take about one hour to complete. Upon request, the staff can open a door with entrance from the handicap parking lot for easy wheelchair access. There are exhibits and a movie available on the ground level for those who can not make the climb
The Lighthouse was completed in 1874 and is a working lighthouse. The museum offers exhibits and information on the living conditions of the lighthouse keepers and their families.
Be sure to stop in at St. Augustine's Lighthouse gift shop, from where you can bring home such items as wind chimes, nautical gifts, replicas, jewelry, clothing, and much more. The Lighthouse is open from 9 AM until 6 PM daily.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral & Plaza
The Roman Catholic Cathedral & Plaza, located on the Plaza, began construction in 1793 and was completed in 1797. The seating capacity is approximately 2000. Inside, you will find this church richly furnished with altars of fine Cara marble. The church bell is one of the oldest bells in the United States, if not the oldest. After a devastating fire in April 1887, restoration was necessary and began in 1888. During this restoration, large additions were made, such as the beautiful tower with its clock.
You will be in awe of this cathedral's architectural structure, both indoors and out. This Cathedral is a "must- see" during your visit to St.Augustine.
The Oldest House Museum Complex
Owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the Oldest House Museum, is one place you will want to check out. Within this complex, you can tour The Oldest House, The Manuey Museum, The Oldest Garden, The Kitchen, Page L. Edwards Gallery, and The Museum Store.
This complex is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM but is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter Sunday. There is a guided tour every thirty minutes until 4:30 PM. The prices for admission are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for military with ID, $4 for ages 6-18, $4 for college students with ID's, and children under six are free. Ask about the group discounts that are available for groups consisting of fifteen people or more.
Check out these other historical sites of interest: Old City Gates, The Fountain of Youth, and The Castle and Marcos National Monument.
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