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FREE ATTRACTIONS TO
ST. JOHNS COUNTY RESIDENTS

Important Note: Offers vary with the season and change quickly so please verify these offers before you go and be sure you have your local ID.  Please email any updates to robhilles@yahoo.com.

Authentic Old Drug Store
824-2269
31 Orange St.
www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34599-d561319-Reviews-Authentic_Old_Drug_Store-Saint_Augustine_Florida.html.  
It was built in 1739, selling liquor, tobacco, medicine, Indian remedies and their own medical concoctions.   They claim to have some of the best burgers in town, and is there really the body of an Indian chief buried in there?

Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum
825-6830 
53 St. George St.
www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1623407  or  www.visitflorida.com/listings_more/listing
Please note: We've had one report from a resident that free admission for SJC residents was not available.  Please send us an email (email address at the top of the page) with your experience.  Go back in time and meet craftsmen, soldiers, housewives and merchants as they go about their daily activities in this 18th Century Colonial Spanish garrison town.

Dow Museum
(Free on the 1st Monday of the month)
823-9722 
149 Cordova St. 
www.moas.org/dowmuseum.html 
One City Block, over 400 years of history, nine historic homes.  It combines interactive experiences, exhibitions, a rich collection of architecture, architectural ornaments, antiques, and fine art. Self-guided or conducted tours.

First Friday Art Night 
www.online-arts.net
Art walks through participating galleries from 6-9 p.m. the 1st Friday of each month.  Participating galleries provide a detailed map of the route. Parking is available at the San Sebastian Winery on King Street just east of U.S.1. The specially-marked Red Train makes a loop every 30 minutes between Catch 22 Gallery, 5 Cordova St., and the San Sebastian Winery, making stops at the downtown Art Galleries.

Fort Matanzas National Monument
471-0116
8635 A1A South
www.nps.gov/foma/index.html   
Built as part of the outer defenses to St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas National Monument offers both historical insights and natural barrier island beauty. The small watchtower fort was constructed to help protect St. Augustine from a new threat - the British. Take a ferry ride, explore the Fort, listen to the Rangers and a re-enactor who is on duty most days, watch the movie, and explore the short 1/2 mile long boardwalk nature trail through the maritime forest.

Fountain of Youth
829-3168
11 Magnolia Ave.
www.fountainofyouthflorida.com  
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15 acre waterfront, Historical Site where St. Augustine, Florida began in 1565.  This is where Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565, established the first and oldest continuous European Settlement in the US.  You can see the stars in the Planetarium, visit the Native Timucua Village, watch a Cannon firing, marvel at Spanish Exploration on the two-story high Discovery Globe, stroll through a waterfront park among peacocks and shady oaks, and drink from the legendary waters.

Government House Museum
825-5079 
48 King St.
www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/gov-house.cfm.   
Government House is a stately Georgian Style stone mansion facing the 410-year old Plaza in the center of St. Augustine and occupies the site that throughout the colonial period (1565-1821) housed the residence and office of the colonial governors of Florida. An excellent museum was created on the first floor in 1991, displaying among other exhibits archaeological artifacts unearthed in the Ancient City, a recreated colonial era ship's hold, a prehistoric Indian canoe, authentic colonial weaponry, and gold and silver pieces from Spanish shipwrecks.

Lightner Museum
824-2874
75 King St. across from Flagler College
www.lightnermuseum.org  
Relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
824-0192
14 St. George St.
www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com.   
Located near the City Gates, The Old School House was built over 200 years ago while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain.  It was put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails. The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, and related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from are exhibited.

Pena Peck House
829-5064
143 St. George Street
www.staugustinewomans-exchange.com   
It was constructed in 1750 by order of the King of Spain to be the residence of his royal Treasurer, Juan Esteban de Pena. Built of native coquina stone, it is one of the finest surviving First Spanish Period home in the city. Today, The Women’s Exchange volunteers guide visitors throughout the house filled with Peck furnishings, including priceless 18th century American antiques and 254 years of history.

San Sebastian Winery
Free winery tour & wine tasting every 20-25 minutes, lasting 45 minutes and offered 7 days a week except for major holidays
826-1594 
157 King St.
www.sansebastianwinery.com  
It is in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings.  According to historians, this area is the birthplace of American wine dating back to 1562.  “The Cellar Upstairs” Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar is on the rooftop, open on weekends with live music.

Spanish Military Hospital Museum
827-0807
3 Aviles St.
www.spanishmilitaryhospital.com  
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum building is a reconstruction of a Military Hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period, 1784-1821. Showcased in the museum are areas of Military Hospital life you would have experienced had you been a patient in 1791.

Uptown Saturday Night 
On the last Saturday of  the month from 5 to 9 pm antique dealers and art galleries in the Old City’s San Marco District hold an art event combining a festive party atmosphere with hospitality wine & light snacks, and special deals.  It includes shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios at 27 Ocean Ave. which provides free parking.

Ximenez-Fatio House
829-3575
20 Aviles St.
www.ximenezfatiohouse.org   
The house is one of the best preserved of the three dozen colonial buildings remaining in St. Augustine. The historic grounds date to St. Augustine's original town plan of 1572. There is a 1798 coquina stone House, the region's only detached Kitchen building, a reconstructed 1802 Wash House and a new Visitor Center with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits focusing on the property's role as a boarding house, representing one of the few socially acceptable business ventures for a 19th century woman.

 
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