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The Best Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida

By Angie Zok

Discover St. Augustine

As (technically) one of the oldest cities in the United States, St. Augustine's rich history in inescapable to anyone passing through. Renowned for its Spanish architecture from colonies past and defined for its variety of wildlife, this slide of Floridian heaven is a mere hour or two's drive from Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Daytona Beach.

As if the location wasn't enough of a draw, Travel Savvy recently spoke with native Angie Zok to get the full scoop on the best things to do in St. Augustine Florida, including the best sights, restaurants, and shopping destinations nearby Crescent, Viano, and St. Augustine beaches.

Castillo De San Marcos 1

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Castillo De San Marcos

The oldest masonry fort within the United States, the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument was originally one part of a city-sprawling architectural system, including a wall that surrounded the city of St. Augustine. According to the official site, the star-like shape of the building was the result of a 15th century ideology that combined the warfare technology of the time with architectural design, using the pointed corners as a place to "effectively mount cannons to repel any attackers." Today, though some of the building is restored, it still quite the sight to behold for locals and day-tripping tourists alike.

Dinner at Collage Restaurant in St. Augustine 2

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Collage

Finish off a day of sight-seeing with a romantic, first class dinner at Collage Restaurant, which boasts an exquisite tasing menu centered around fresh, local seafood and international cuisines. Don't forget to take advantage of their extensive wine list and imported beer menu before driving off into the sunset!

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St. Augustine Premium Outlets

Looking to save up to 65% off name brands like Ralph Lauren and Nike? The St. Augustine Premium Outlets are the best place in all of Florida to scope out designer shopping deals. The best part? It's less than fifteen minutes away from the famous Ponce De Leon Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and local sand beaches. 

Ultimate Po'boy Sandwich at Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille 4

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Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille

Get a taste of the local flavor at Harry's, which offers traditional Creole dishes cooked to perfection. Enjoy the view of the St. Augustine bay on their balcony, relax in their open courtyard, and enjoy live music performed by local talents with your instagram-worthy meal. 

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St. Augustine Shipyard

According to their site, the St. Augustine Shipyard "is part of an exciting new waterfront Marine Merchant Community" located in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district. We recommend you take your own boat out for a spin, or rent a motorboat and take a trip around the St. Augustine bay. 

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