The Lightner Museum and St. Augustine City Hall in historic downtown St. AugustineThe Lightner Museum is a museum of antiquities, mostly American Gilded Age pieces, housed within the historic Hotel Alcazar building in downtown St. Augustine. This 1887 Spanish Renaissance Revival style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Florida is really a collection of “coasts.” And the beauty of it is that no two coasts are the same.

It’s been nearly 500 years since Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon stepped ashore a beach and found it irresistible, and so it remains: St. Augustine is a focal point and the inspiration for Florida’s First Coast.

The oldest continuously occupied city in America, situated on lovely Matanzas Bay, shares this spectacular coastline with Jacksonville, Amelia Island, and the quaint beachside town of Fernandina Beach.

There’s plenty to explore along these shores, from old forts and lighthouses, to no-frills fishing camps, to posh marina boutiques where you can shop till you drop. And finally, join the party at world-famous Daytona Beach.

A visit to St. Augustine is a trip through history—more than 450 wonderful years of it.

On September 8, 1565, Don Pedro Menendez landed on Florida soil and established the city of St. Augustine

Naming it for the saint whose feast fell on August 28, 1565—the day he first sighted land.

The city was established 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Oldest Everything

America’s oldest permanent settlement boasts 144 blocks of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll think it has the oldest everything—house, fort, wooden schoolhouse, store, cemetery, even alligator farm.

Amelia Island is a First Coast gem

Take the train ride to learn all about the town’s rich past.

Amelia Island with its beaches, meadows, dunes and forests, served as a hideout for all manner of characters, including Mexican rebels, American patriots, pirates and smugglers who sailed for whichever flag paid them the most.

Welcome to Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch is a 19th-century masonry coastal fortification, built as part of the Third System of seacoast defense conceived by the United StatesFort Clinch is a 19th-century masonry coastal fortification, built as part of the Third System of seacoast defense conceived by the United States. It is located on a peninsula near the northernmost point of Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The fort lies to the northeast of Fernandina Beach at the entrance to the Cumberland Sound (Florida), in the northeast part of the state. Today it is included within the boundaries of Fort Clinch State Park.

At over 1,400 acres, Fort Clinch State Park is situated on Florida’s northernmost barrier island- Amelia Island.  

The park provides exceptional recreational activities immersed among beautiful natural communities, as well as wildlife viewing, historic attractions and unparalleled living history interpretive programs.

The park’s 3-mile shoreline and a 1/2–mile long fishing pier offer a wide variety of family-friendly recreational activities including swimming, fishing, sunbathing and wildlife viewing.  Shelling and shark-tooth hunting are popular activities near the pier and along the St. Mary’s Inlet.

Visit historic Fort Clinch & step back to the year 1864, as soldiers reenact life during the Civil War. Explore the many rooms, galleries and grounds of the fort as you learn how the soldiers worked and lived each day.

The quaint beachside town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, has actually flown eight different flags, among them English, Spanish, French, and Confederate.

This is a beautifully preserved Victorian town, with a 50-block historic district filled with old red-brick buildings, gaslight streetlamps, and ornately carved facades.

Visit Daytona Beach for its famous race each February or to enjoy its beach

Daytona Beach is known worldwide for its auto-racing spectaculars and incredibly wide beaches and Spring Break.

The Daytona Beach area is home to many year-round attractions and activities such as Daytona USA, located just outside Daytona International Speedway’s fourth turn.

Space Coast

A visit to the Kennedy Space Center and Astronaut Hall of Fame is a must.

Located 35 miles east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast has 72 miles of inspiration!

The Space Coast is a unique place, where the technologies of space exploration and environmental protection meet the exceptional resources of natural Florida

Dolphins, manatees, loggerhead turtles, miles of pristine beaches, surf, and rockets and astronauts—all this and more beckon visitors to Florida’s remarkable Space Coast.

Enormous in size, the Kennedy Space Center is about six times the area of Manhattan, and is home to shuttlecrafts, space capsules, and many other space-related objects.

It’s also home to hundreds of alligators, birds, and other wildlife. It’s not unusual to see gators basking on the side of the road that leads to the center.

A space launch is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

When visiting Kennedy Space Center, the only space shuttle launch site in the world, it’s a good idea to begin with a tour, which runs throughout the day and is included in the price of admission—and leave the two five-story IMAX for later.

Guided bus tours take you past gates barring the public, to the pad that launched Apollo missions to the moon and others, and to three state-of-the-art attractions with interactive and multi-media effects.

Astronaut Hall of Fame

Nearby is the Astronaut Hall of Fame —the building with the Space Shuttle parked outside. Here the faces and names and the triumphs and tribulations of the Space Race take on new life.