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Downtown St. Augustine Historic Downtown Neighborhoods

When it comes to stepping back in time, in the United States, St. Augustine is about as far back as you can go in colonial history. Downtown is home to some of St. Augustine and the country’s most iconic landmarks, including the Fountain of Youth, and don’t miss your chance to explore this city’s history at the Castillo de San Marcos ,the oldest masonry fort in the country. One of the most photographed attractions in St. Augustine is the beautiful Bridge of Lions, which is a historic drawbridge and stands as an iconic symbol of the city today. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is actually the site of the first settlement in St. Augustine and is the inspiration behind the long-lasting legend that these waters contain healing properties

In terms of real estate, yes, you’ll find historic properties in the Old City area. Waterfront homes overlook the Matazanas River towards Anastasia Island.

St. Augustine’s Downtown is where visitors go to see the historic Spanish architecture and buildings, but it’s also a dining and shopping destination. St George Street delivers a great mix of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Walk along St. George St, a brick-paved street that is designated for pedestrians only.  Here’s where you’ll find some of the best restaurants and shopping in downtown St. Augustine. At the northern end of the street, you’ll find the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, while at the southern end is the Colonial Quarter. In between, there are plenty of incredible things to see and do! Private Flagler College is part of the downtown scene, giving it a youthful vibe.

For a quick and informative introduction to St. Augustine’s history, we recommend taking the Old Towne Trolley Tour which allows you to hop on and off at various places throughout the city.