Monday, April 20, 2015

Exploring St. Augustine

St. Augustine Harbor

Besides the two forts, there was plenty to see in St. Augustine.



We spent one day checking out the beach areas.  Our first stop was Anastasia Island and the St. Augustine Lighthouse,

Light Station

where we ran into another 4th grade field trip . . . or maybe it was the same one!


Lighthouse Keeper Station

The lighthouse it self is undergoing some renovations and repairs, but it was still open for tours.  We did not tour the lighthouse, but we did wander around to get some pictures from different vantage points.

St Augustine Lighthouse


St Augustine Lighthouse

From the lighthouse, we continued south along A1A to the resort area of St. Augustine Beach,    DSC_0464








where we came across a Farmers Market at the pier.

Art Fair at the beach

We walked through, and picked up a few vegetables.

The Farmers Market was pretty busy, and parking spots were at a premium . . . so why not park your Grand Marquis in the bike rack??!!


Nice park job!

The beach, though, was pretty empty on this hot day . . . but storms were threatening in the afternoon and I guess that was keeping people away.

St Augustine Beach Pier

St Augustine Beach










Back downtown, we entered through the ancient gates of the city,

Wall of the City

and walked through part of the old town.

Old School

Shopping in Old Town


We did a little window-shopping,


and looked at some of the historical structures.



Plaza de la Constitution



The Cathedral-Basilica

Cathedral Basilica


Cathedral Basilica



Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon

The Bridge of Lions

At the Bridge of Lions


Isn’t he a handsome fella??

Tom with the lion

We walked out to the middle of the bridge to see the marina and boats in the harbor,     St Augustine Marina









just as the drawbridge was going up, and we were able to see the tour boat going through,

Pirate Ship

and also a fishing boat out in the harbor.

Some kind of fishing boat

From the center of the bridge, we also had a nice view of the Castillo de San Marcos.

Castillo de San Marcos

Leaving downtown, we drove north on A1A to look for the campground that we spent one of our favorite Thanksgivings at, many years ago on our way back to Michigan after a trip to Disney and the Kennedy Space Center.

The beach area north of town has changed considerable since then, and we didn’t recognize much.  We didn’t find the campground, but we did see a parcel of vacant land for sale that looks like it could have been the campground . . . too bad . . .

We stopped for one more look at the beach as storms were moving in and the surf was getting pretty rough.

Rough Ocean












There were a few baby pelicans in this group that flew over our heads (or, at least some that were considerably smaller than the rest!)

Pelicans in formation

With the bad weather coming, we headed back to the campground for the rest of the day . . . but we would be back again . . . there was still more to see!


  1. We're getting lots of heavy rain fall since we left Florida.
    If Bryce doesn't get an A+ in American History something is wrong.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. I'm really enjoying your posts of St. Augustine. We were there last year, but only for an afternoon. We didn't do the city justice. Looking forward to your next post.
    Crissa Boyink


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