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Movies by the Bay Schedule for St Augustine FL

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Looking for a FREE, family friendly night out? Check out the 2015 schedule of Movies by the Bay. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and relax on the waterfront while being entertained by the big screen! Look for parking in Saint Augustine at the Fort, the bay front or the Parking garage. You can catch a free shuttle from the Visitors Information Center train stop to the marina so you don’t have to worry about carrying chairs and things too far. The movies are held at the St Augustine Municipal Marina, at the foot of the Bridge of Lions.

 

 

SCHEDULE

June 17 — “Shark Tale” (PG)

June 24 — “Annie” (PG)

July 1 — “The Boxtrolls” (PG)

July 8 — “Maleficent” (PG) — Maleficent will make an appearance.

July 15 — “The Lego Movie” (PG)

July 22 — “Big Hero 6” (PG)

July 29 — “Karate Kid” (PG)

Aug. 5 — “The Incredibles” (PG) — Superhero Back to School party with free mini golf, appearances by Captain America and Iron Man, games, prizes and activities. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. Activities begin at 7 p.m. and run through the start of the movie.

St Augustine Beach Pier’s Music by the Sea Concert Schedule

 Looking for a fun, free night of great entertainment than look no further.  We have the scoop  and the schedule  for the 2014  Music by the Sea Concert series at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

That’s where you will find the locals picnicking and dancing the night away on Wednesday nights all summer long. Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic and a beverage of your choice  and get swept up in the fun the way the locals do. If your dog is well behaved and likes to dance, you can bring him too on a leash.

Sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, the concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday in the pavilion. Each week a different  restaurant serves  dinners for $10.00  beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner sells out quick so get there early or bring a cooler.   Parking is available at the public lots on A1A Beach Blvd. and at Ron Parker Park located at 607 Old Beach Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32080

RIDE THE SAX SHUTTLE TO MUSIC BY THE SEA

The Civic Association is pleased to offer an alternative to limited parking for Music by the Sea.,  Just park at City Hall- 2200 A1A South and ride the bright orange Sax Shuttle.  Civic Association members ride FREE.  Not a member you can buy a $20 Season Pass from the driver at City Hall or you may pay nightly.  Senior Citizens pay $2 roundtrip, adults (non members) pay $5 and kids 12 and under ride free.  You can purchase you Civic Association Membership Card at The Wednesday Market, at our welcome table on Wednesday Night at Music by the Sea or you can join Online by clicking here

2015 Band and Restaurant Schedule:

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Free Summer Concerts in the Plaza – Schedule & information for St Augustine FL

promofoto1edit  Concerts in the Plaza Schedule for 2015

Free Concerts in the Plaza run every Thursday night all summer long. Bring a chair or a blanket and sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Picnics and coolers are welcome as are leashed well behaved dogs. Alcohol is not allowed in the plaza.

The show starts at 7:00 pm

The Plaza is located at the foot of the Bridge of Lions at the intersection of Cathedral and King Street,

St. Augustine, FL 32084

Phone: 904-825-1004

 

 

Parking

On street parking is available near the Plaza and is free throughout the city after 5:00pm. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility at the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk along St. George St. from the Plaza. The cost for parking in the parking garage is $10 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow card.
For more information on parking, click here.

Schedule

Schedule of Events

July

7/02/15

7–9pm

Ancient City Brass Band

Brass band standards

7/09/15

7–9pm

Ancient City Slickers

Big fun music

7/16/15

7–9pm

The Falling Bones

’60s party and dance rock

7/23/15

7–9pm

The Grapes of Roth

Classic rock

7/30/15

7–9pm

Rob Ellis Peck & Friends

Blues and rock

Aug.

8/06/15

7–9pm

Mike Hart’s Decoy

Blues, jazz and rock

8/13/15

7–9pm

The Committee

Classic rock and originals

8/20/15

7–9pm

The Rick Arcusa Band

Classic rock

8/27/15

7–9pm

The Gatorbone Band

Original acoustic, jazz, swing, countrypolitan

Sep.

9/03/15

7–9pm

Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards

Original Americana

 

Looking for information on the Wednesday night concerts at the Pier? Click here.

Looking for more music & Nightlife? Click here.

 

Pet Friendly Attractions & Things to Do in St Augustine FL

 

I’m Marley Burke, The Local’s Guide’s “Local Dog.”  Some days I just get tired of  going for a boring old walk or another day of fishing.

There are lots of fun things for me to do in Saint Augustine, FL. On the days I feel like drifting at sea, I go for a ride on the Scenic Cruise. (Read Review). You can purchase beer & wine on board but I lean toward a bottle of water and some goldfish crackers for treats. It is a lovely, relaxing, narrated scenic cruise around the bay area. You have to keep your leash on and they only allow well behaved dogs, so no barking on board. I don’t mind, I have plenty of time to bark at the dog across the street.

I have seen some other dogs kayaking and one on a Hobie Cat at Anastasia Water Sports (Read Review) it looks like a lot of fun but I haven’t  tried it.  The beach is my favorite place. Dogs are allowed on almost all beaches on a leash except for Anastasia State Park.  (Beach Info)

 

 

 

If you like history, a great spot to walk around is the Colonial Quarter on St. George Street. They have a lot of reenactments and demonstrations there.

I like to go to the Fountain of Youth and check out the peacocks. They actually beg for peanuts. What self respecting dog would beg for a tiny peanut? They seem to get a lot of folks to feed them though. The grounds are beautiful to walk around and kids love it too.  I drank the water and people still say I look like a puppy. I’m really 8 years old.  I believe it really works. (Read about The Fountain of Youth here)

If you like music, the summer concerts at the Plaza and Pier are pet friendly. Bring a picnic a chair and some doggie treats.

Some days I tag along for a wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery. People love the local wine here. It is a very popular attraction. You can’t be really big though. I saw a Great Dane get asked to leave once but he may have had one too many.

If you love the water (it must be the Lab in me)  and nature like I do, check out St. Augustine Eco Tours. Join the Captain  for a professionally guided 2-hour sailing excursion in the estuary. You’ll board the ultra stable 27-foot Stiletto catamaran. You can see all kinds of wildlife on this adventure.  How about Dolphins? I love to watch the dolphins. I wish I could swim that fast. St. Augustine Eco Tours also has an educational Dolphin Tour. This trip takes place on a 6 passenger boat and  combines dolphin and bird watching with marine ecology, historic sights, and an amazing boat ride. A great way to spend a dog day afternoon.

A big day out on the water can make a dog really hungry. Check out our list of Pet Friendly Restaurants.

Marley’s words of wisdom:

If you’re a cat, stay home!

If you aren’t part Lab you may want to wear a life jacket. The current can be really strong here even for me.

Don’t swim in the Intracoastal.  The oysters are everywhere and will cut your paws.

Have your parents bring you some shade to the beach. Florida sun is too hot with no shade.

Nap often.

Most importantly, don’t drink the ocean water at the beach. Trust me.

I hope you enjoy your stay & all these fun things keep your tail waggin’.

Maybe I’ll see you at the beach.

Marley

 

 

 

 

Pet Friendly Restaurants in St. Augustine Fl

Hi, I’m Marley Burke, The Locals’ Guide’s  “Local Dog.”

Although I have to be honest and say my favorite place in St. Augustine is the beach, I also like dining out on occasion.

Whether you are a tourist bringing your dog along on vacation, or a local who just can’t resist your pups sad eyes when you leave the house without him… we have plenty of restaurants in town who love dogs just as much as you do.

Here are some great spots for you and your dog to get a bite to eat.. If you’re in the historic downtown area there are few great places on St. George Street that are pet friendly. Keep in mind that at all of the pet friendly restaurants you will be dining outside. On St. George Street, you will find the Chianti Room and the Florida Cracker. The Florida cracker usually has some good music outside and has a good vibe to it. The Chianti room is known for its great happy hour and reasonable prices.

Harry’s

Just off St. George Street, but still in historic downtown, you will find the Barley Republic – an Irish pub and restaurant with a good selection of beers and a chance to hear some good Irish music. If you’re an Irish Terrier or an Irish Water Spaniel, this place will be right up your alley. If barbecues your thing and what dog doesn’t love pulled pork, then try MoJo’s barbecue. The barbecue here is fantastic and it’s definitely a local favorite for dogs and humans alike. If you’re looking to dine a little fancy, try La Pentola, a great place to go after a bath. They have a beautiful courtyard with fountains and pretty flowers to look at. Make sure you get a doggie bag from here – the food is amazing and they have an extensive wine selection.  Be sure to check out the review.

 

If you’re looking to smell the salt air, make sure you check out some of the dog friendly spots along the Bay. Meehan’s Irish Pub is a great place to take a dog for a pint and a view of the water. You’ll find many locals hanging out there. Another wonderful spot to take a dog and have a drink, an appetizer and listen to some great local music is O.C. White’s. Here you will find a beautiful outdoor atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite spots for live entertainment in the springtime. If you get chilly at night they have some incredible outdoor fireplaces to keep you warm and the smell of Jasmine fills the air here on a warm spring night. Some of the tables are underneath a Jasmine covered pergola that is a sight to behold when it’s blooming. Harry’s has a beautiful courtyard, live entertainment and great food at reasonable prices. Everybody is hooked on Harry’s. If you want to grab an iced coffee and a dessert, check out the Gourmet Hut.

Heading over to Vilano beach, you have the KingFish Grill. Beautiful views of the Bay can be found here. Any dog would love to sit out here and watch the world go by. Right on Route 1, not far from town you will find Jaybird’s restaurant. They have a pretty outdoor patio and they have even built a waterfall out there. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. They have live music several nights a week and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Considering I’m a yellow lab, this waterfall is a bit of a tease for me since I’m not allowed to swim in it. I love listening to the water trickling down the falls though. Also off Route 1 you will find a favorite place of the “Saint Augustine Locals,” Hurricane Patty’s. Water views and views of the marina is what you will find here along with some terrific area bands. You might also see some “local cats.” The lucky critters get to roam free and sleep on boats in the marina. Oh how I dream of chasing them down the dock.

View from Matanzas Inlet

 

 

Now it’s back to the beach, oh how I love the beach. I love digging holes in the sand, flipping my Frisbee between my legs and catching it and swimming with my tennis  ball and cooling-off on a hot day. I like to eat here too. A sandwich, some water and shade and this becomes my favorite place in town. Sometimes we share a chicken Parmesan sub from Romano’s Pizza. They have really good subs and they’re huge. You can also grab some picnic foods like fried chicken at Publix or a Subway in the same plaza. Going to the beach is like going to Mexico. I warn you, Don’t Drink the Water!!!!

Café 11 out at the beach has really good food and they love well behaved dogs. They do a delicious brunch on the weekends. This is a real “Locals” favorite. Hurricane Grill and Wings is a fun spot to grab some wings but I’m not allowed to have chicken bones. The music is nice though and everyone looks happy there. The Wildfower Café is nice too.

 Here is a letter I received from a dog named Pirate.

Pirate says:

 

Marley,

So my people parents take me out to lunch all the time to the Wildflower Café, they bring me a bowl of water as soon as I arrive. We relax in the shade under the awning and my dad slips me bacon from his giant BLT and sometimes mom sneaks me a shrimp from her shrimp salad. This place is always nice to me and my mom and dad really enjoy the lunch menu and sitting outside with me.

Pirate –  (one adorable toy golden doodle!)

 

 

I love going for rides so I get very excited to take a drive down to Matanzas’s Inlet Restaurant. It’s about a 15 minute ride from the beach, 25 from town. Oh boy, it’s worth it. The drive is so scenic and I can smell the salt water in the air. Right before the restaurant are two parks, one on the beach side and one on the inlet side. The inlet side is a great place to take a walk and take a dip on a hot day. (All the kids want to pet me there and tell me I’m cute.)

The restaurant has good food and the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. This is nice  place to have lunch or

Matanzas Inlet Sunset

dinner and stare  at the water. This place makes you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island. It’s a great place to spend a dog day afternoon.

Contributed by Marley Burke

The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine’s “Local Dog”

Pet Friendly Restaurants that will make your tail wag:

Café 11

501 A1A Beach Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 460-9311

Barley Republic

48 Spanish St  St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 547-2023

Chianti Room

60 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-4100

Florida Cracker

81 St George St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 829-0397

Harry’s  (Read Review)

46 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-7765

Hurricane Patty’s

69 Lewis Blvd, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 827-1822

Hurricane Grille

4255 S. A1A 13 & 14  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 471-7120

JayBirds

2600 N Ponce De Leon Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 429-7153

Kingfish Grill

252 Yacht Club Dr  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-2111

La Pentola      (Read Review)

58 Charlotte St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-3282

MoJo’s Barbecue

5 Cordova St, St Augustine, FL

(904) 342-5264

Matanzas Inlet

8805 A1A S, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 461-6824
Salt Life Food Shack    (Read Review)Phone: 904-217-3256321 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
O.C. White’s
118 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-0808
Sea Oats Caffe
1075 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080
Publix Plaza at the Beach
Wildflower Café
4320 A1a S # 9  St Augustine, FL 32080
 (904) 471-2691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Parks in St Augustine and Ponte Vedra FL

If you are looking for a dog park, St. Augustine has a few good ones. These parks are clean and fun but most importantly they are “Local Dog Approved!”

 

 

 

 

 

Paws Dog Park is located within the Treaty Park Complex
1595 Wildwood Drive
St. Augustine, Florida 32086 Map

Hours

DAWN to DUSK unless otherwise posted

Facility Overview

Small Dog Park

  • Completely Fenced
  • Single Watering Hole

Large Dog Park

  • Completely Fenced
  • Multiple Watering Holes
  • Shaded Area with Sitting Bench
  • Mock Fire Hydrant
  • Plenty of room to run, jump, and socialize
Rules
  • No leashes necessary within Paws Dog Park!
  • Please pick up after your pooch

 

DAVIS PARK

210 Davis Park Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 Map
P: (904) 209-0370
F: (904) 209-0347

A playground for all our four footed friends to enjoy! Two large fenced in areas  with a pond and obstacles for your pets to play on.

Designated parking for Paw Park visitors near the football field parking lot. There is also a Dog Wash located next to the concession stand building adjacent to the southern most Paw Park and pond.

During your visit, please keep in mind:

  • Unleash dogs in the designated area before letting them into the park. It’s safer for all our guests.
  • Please clean up any mess your four-legged friend may leave behind. Bags, shovels, and trash cans are located in the dog park for your convenience.
  • No food or drink in the dog park.

 

PAWS DOG PARK  at Ron Parker Park

On Anastasia Island

Old Beach Rd
St Augustine, Fl

This dog park has shade, drinking water, benches, and mulch ground cover.

Beautiful Parks to Visit in St Augustine FL-

Looking for a great park to hike, horseback ride, kayak or swim? Check out some of these great spots. Most of the parks here in Saint Augustine are pet friendly and allow dogs but they must be on a leash no longer than 6′. Some parks don’t allow pets on the beach or certain other areas.  Check our notes or the parks website for more details.

 

Many of these parks offer camping if you’re looking for a place to stay.  Check the Park Legend for information on activities.

  Park Legend

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  • CampingCAMPING
  • CanoeingCANOEING
  • FishingFISHING
  • HikingHIKING
  • SurfingSURFING
  • Wildlife WILDLIFE
$ 8.00 Per Car
Dog friendly except for the beach.
CampingCanoeingFishingHikingSurfingWildlife
You can also rent  Hobie Cats, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks here

1340 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080

904.461.2033

 

Anastasia State Park is located only 1.5 miles from historic downtown and has activities for every member of the family. Nature walks, kayaking and fishing are just a few of the activities you will find at this beautiful beachfront state park. Anastasia also offers kayak and canoe rentals on site. The park has covered picnic areas, showers and a snack bar.

 

Fort Matanzas National Monument

See Review of Park

FREE

Dog friendly except for the Fort and Ferry ride.
CanoeingFishingHikingSurfingWildlife

8635 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080

904.471.0116

 

Fort Matanzas has a history closely entwined with the City of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos. Built in 1740-1742 by the Spanish, it was used to guard the Matanzas inlet, to ward off and warn northern neighbors of British enemies from the south. Today, the Fort is a standing monument for the early Spanish Empire in Florida. Located on the barrier islands off the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this historic landmark is home to an abundance of Florida wildlife.

Fort Mose Historic State Park

See Review of Park
$2.00 per person, museum admission fee. Children 5 and younger are free.

Wildlife

15 Fort Mose Trail

St. Augustine, Florida 32084

904.823.2232

 

Fort Mose, established in 1738 by Manuel Montiano, gave safety to Africans running away from slavery in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, making the fort a monument for black history. They created a founding community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions.

 

Geo-Seeking

Geocaches are hidden in the park. Please check geocaching.com for the most current up-to-date information.

Historic Site
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The site was designed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Interpretive Exhibit
Interpretive panels are installed throughout the park, depicting the story of Fort Mose. The park also has replicas of three historic items, including a chosa or a cooking hut, a small historic garden and a small Spanish flat boat called a barca chata.

Museum

The museum, located in the park’s visitor center, helps visitors learn more about the site’s significance within the history of the United States. The collection includes highly interactive, multimedia exhibits and artifacts found during the excavation of the second Fort Mose site.
Faver-Dykes State Park
$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

CampingCanoeingFishingHiking

1000 Faver-Dykes Road

St. Augustine, Florida 32086

904.794.0997

 

Faver-Dykes offers activities for an entire fun filled day. Camping, canoeing, hiking and picnicking can all be enjoyed at this pristine, undeveloped landscape that truly represents the Real Florida. The 1,608 acres along Pellicer Creek are home to an array of Florida wildlife such as deer, turkeys, hawks and river otters. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent on-site.

Canoes can be reserved by calling the park. $5.00 plus tax per hour.  $25.00 plus tax for 5 or more hours (all day).

The park has two 1/2 mile loop nature trails. One trail begins near the picnic area and winds along the pine flatwoods into the scrub and along Pellicer Creek. The other trail begins in the campground and winds along the hardwood hammock and along the banks of Pellicer Creek. Several miles of park boundary roads and back woods roads are also available for hiking. Please make prior arrangements with park staff to hike these backwoods areas.

Pellicer Creek borders the southern boundary of the park and is popular for fishing. Both saltwater and freshwater species can be caught in Pellicer Creek. Red drum, black drum, sheepshead, spotted seatrout, common snook can all be caught from the park’s fishing dock. Freshwater species such as large mouth bass and bream can be caught closer to the creek headwaters. A fishing license may be required. Size and bag limits are strictly enforced. All of the current regulations are available at the park.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

$5.00 per vehicle. On the ocean side, please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

$5.00 per boat that access park from the Intracoastal Waterway. Please pay at the Ranger Station.

CampingCanoeingFishingHikingSurfingWildlife

3100 S. State Road A1A

Flagler Beach, Florida 32136

386.517.2086

 

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this 144-acre park offers coastal camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and nature study. The daily low tide is an ideal time to observe the shore birds feeding in tidal ponds, and summer months bring sea turtles to lay their eggs in the sand.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area has kayaks and canoes available for rent! We offer single and tandem style kayaks. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from our boat ramp that easily leads to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Come by the ranger station to rent by the hour or by the day! We now offer stand up paddle board rentals and tours by Roll ‘n’ Float Outfitters.  http://www.rollnfloatoutfitters.com/

Wildlife Viewing

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area plays host to an extremely wide variety of wildlife and plant life. Our park plays host to many different birds. This park is located on the east section of The Great Florida Birding Trail. During late spring, summer, and early fall, many sea turtles crawl up on the park’s beach to lay their eggs. The beach calls many interesting creatures home such as shore birds, crabs, and fish. Right whales can be found hanging out offshore during winter months. During the warmer months manatees and dolphins can be seen frolicking in the ocean or in the inter=coastal waterway. Wildlife such as butterflies, otters, bobcats, deer, owls, gopher tortoise, snakes, and alligators are all possibilities when you on your own adventure in the Real Florida!

 

Swimming is always a popular activity for those interested in exercise, cooling off, or having fun. The park has about ½ mile of beach for visitors to play on. There is no lifeguard on duty, however, the beach is patrolled regularly by our park staff.

Moses Creek Conservation Area

 

Trail Map –  http://www.sjrwmd.com/trailguides/pdfs/mosescreektrail.pdf
BikingCampingFishingHikingWildlife

S.R. 206

St. Augustine, FL 32086

386.329.4404

 

One of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region can be found at Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves. Wildlife such as the great blue heron, snow egrets, osprey, hawks, gopher tortoises, deer, otters and foxes can all be seen at this riverside conservation area. Native Americans, who occupied the area thousands of years ago, used the tidal marshes as an important resource.

Hiking

Hiking, jogging, bird-watching or any other activity where travel is by foot only is allowed on District lands except in areas restricted by signs.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on many conservation areas on trails in designated areas and established roads and fire lines, except where restricted by signs. Check area maps for horseback riding opportunities.

 

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

 

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

 

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

 

 

Pets are not allowed on the beach or the gardens.
FishingHikingSurfingWildlife

6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard

Palm Coast, Florida 32137

386.446.6780

 

This 410-acre park is truly one of Florida’s gems. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, the park sets a picturesque setting for a day of hiking and picnicking in the gardens or fishing along the river. Washington Oaks Gardens also has a unique coquina rock shore that serves as a feeding ground for many species of birds at low tide.

 

Fishing

Fishing from the seawall and surf fishing is allowed at Washington Oaks. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a popular place for recreational fishing. Fishing can be enjoyed from the park’s seawall on the Matanzas River. Surf fishing is allowed from the beach. A number of different species are routinely caught, including whiting and blue fish in the surf; several species of trout, redfish, drum and flounder along the seawall. A Florida saltwater fishing license may be required.

Gardens

The formal gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks Gardens. A portion of the hammock contains a formal garden where many species of exotic plants from around the world are displayed along footpaths and around reflecting ponds. The gardens are well known for their azaleas, camellias and roses.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park provides trails for both hiking and biking. The Bella Vista trails include the Timucuan hiking trail, Jungle Road hike and bike trail and the Old A-1-A hike and bike trail. This 1.7 mile trail system explores a mature coastal maritime hammock and ventures into the edge of a dense canopied coastal scrub. The Mala Compra hiking loop is a half-mile loop that explores the eco-zone between the coastal maritime hammock and the estuarine tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. The hiking trails at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Florida Trail Association. These trails are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

This park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Birding can be enjoyed in a variety of habitats including the beach, Matanzas River, and throughout the formal gardens.  Each year during the migratory seasons birding becomes a very popular activity at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Check out our Birding Checklist
 

 

The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine FL is a Pet Friendly Attraction Worth Seeing

Ponce De Leon’s World Famous Fountain of Youth is one of my favorite places in St. Augustine, FL. This attraction is very dear to my heart. My grandparents Joe & Nan Deuschle met and fell in love there in 1927. My grandfather was the gardener who discovered the skeletal remains of the Timucua Indians in 1934 while he was planting orange trees on the property.  This incredible discovery led to research conducted by the Smithsonian Institute and The University of Florida Museum of Natural History and is a large part of the parks history today.

 

 

 

The Park is located on 15 beautifully landscaped waterfront acres. This beautiful piece of property is home to many friendly peacocks. They love to display their colorful  feathers in hopes of being fed peanuts by the many guests who come through the Parks Gates. I visited the park recently and although I have been there many times before  I never tire of the gorgeous grounds. I ran into several locals that day who were all enjoying the Park and its views of the Intracoastal.

The Park is most famous for its springs, also known as The Fountain of Youth. About 60 years ago, they built a beautiful Coquina structure around the spring with a gorgeous fireplace to warm yourself on a cool winters day. The spring water comes directly from Florida’s aquifer and is said to contain over 30 minerals. I have been drinking from the spring since I was five years old, my first visit to the fountain of youth. Here they have cups of water so you too can drink from the springs magical waters.

The Park is a combination of an “Old Florida tourist attraction” and a world-class Archaeological Park.  The owners have gone through great lengths to preserve its’ history and to continually improve the Park and the exhibits. Even if you have been here before,  it’s worth coming back to see the new exhibits that are constantly added. On my recent visit, I was there to enjoy the new Founders River walk. The Park has recently added a 600 foot dock out into the gorgeous salt marsh. Here you have spectacular views of the inlet and the Bay. They have even included some benches to sit down and relax on while you breathe in the salt air and watch the wildlife out in the marsh.  This particular day I also took some time to learn more about the reconstruction of the Mission Church.  The structure was built using historically correct methods wherever possible using local cypress, which was known to 16th century Spaniards to be durable and resistant to wood-eating insects. The Mission church features a choir loft and rustic altar, and uses a palm thatch roof. The floor is crushed coquina, as is the area around the church.

 

The Park has living history exhibits performed by knowledgeable reenactors. One of my favorite demonstrations is the cannon firing. A crowd had gathered  to see this in depth demonstration of the firing of a Breech Cannon. BOOM! Hold your ears for this one. This is a beautiful Cannon and you don’t get to see one of these in action very often. I loved this demonstration and so did the rest of the visitors. We were also shown how to shoot a Crossbow that was of Spanish influence. That was a big favorite of all of the kids watching, but I loved it too. I think I’ll be adding one of those to my Christmas list.

All of the Reenactors at the Park are phenomenal. They are friendly, professional and have a wealth of knowledge. They are happy to answer your questions and teach you about the history behind the particular demonstration. The day I was there, they also had someone making  pottery, and someone carving a canoe out of a hunk of pine using the burn and scrape method. These reenactments were taking place in the Timucan Village.  The things they do here are amazing and so interactive.

 

Archaeologists have been excavating at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park for over 80 years, and in that time the discoveries have rewritten history textbooks time and time again. Since 1934, archaeologists have made a long list of major finds at the Park, and excavations continue to this day. You can see some of these archaeological treasures on display within the Park.

If you go hungry, they have a great snack bar where you can grab an appetizer, hamburger, sandwich or one of the coldest beers in town. They also have a fantastic gift shop if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir. The Park is a pet friendly attraction too. 

So whether or not you love history or archaeology, lush landscaping and views of the Bay or friendly peacocks looking for treats, The Fountain of Youth has something for you. Take a few hours and be transported in time, enjoy and explore!

 

 Discover something old,

 discover something new,

 discover something beautiful 

 in a park with the perfect view.

 

 

 

 

The Fountain of Youth is open 9-6 daily and the last ticket is sold at 5:00pm.

 

 

Adult (13-59 yrs): 12.00
Child (6-12 yrs): 8.00
Senior (60+ yrs): 11.00

 11 Magnolia Ave  St. Augustine, FL

Phone: 904 829 3168

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