castillo de san marcos

Visiting Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos is located in St. Augustine, FL- one of my favorite cities! If you’ve never been, make a plan to go (as soon as it’s safe). There’s a lot of history, beautiful views and parks, and so much to do.

looking out at castillo de san marcos

The $15 entrance fee to this park is a little more expensive than many other parks… but it grants you 7 day access. Children 15 and under are free. So if you have two adults and young children, $30 for 7 days of coming and going isn’t too bad. We went four years ago in December 2016 – at the end of the 100th NPS anniversary! Notice that I am wearing a sleeveless shirt- definitely a sign we are in Florida.

a man and woman visiting castillo de san marcos

This castillo is over 300 years old and made from coquina, a sedimentary rock. Building started in 1672 and finished in 1695. This structure replaced nine previous wooden forts. The National Park Service began it’s administration of the property in 1935. Check out the NPS website to get some more info on this gorgeous monument! We really enjoyed walking around the grounds and taking in the history- I’ve been to here a few times and it’s always as fascinating as the first visit.

a sunny day, looking at a cannon on top of the monument

One of the coolest things to see here is the historic weapons demonstration (usually) done every Friday-Sunday. These happen at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, weather and staff permitting. They also offer a self-guided tour if you download their Castillo park app. If you prefer a tech-free experience, walking around and reading about the park is also a wonderful time. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here, depending on how many things you’d like to engage in while visiting.

a beautiful water view from the grounds at castillo de san marcos
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Have you ever been to Castillo de San Marcos, or St. Augustine? How did you like the site?

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