When we last left you we’d gotten our water leak resolved in Jacksonville and were spending a couple days in Saint Augustine, Florida. We didn’t want to move on without giving you a look at the oldest city in the United States.
Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 and may have gotten more charming every year since. What surprised us was the number of fun pet friendly things to do here!
We started out strolling around the downtown. It’s best to grab a map from one of the trolley tour services and follow their route so you hit the highlights and know what you’re looking at. There are boutique-lined streets for those of you that love a little shopping, the Castillo de San Marcos – a fort occupied by the Spanish, the English, and finally the Americans – for the history buffs, and numerous ghost tours to keep everyone on their toes! We stopped at Florida Cracker Cafe for a casual lunch on their pet friendly patio and then hopped back in the Winnebago to check out some of the attractions that were a short driving distance away.
The oldest attraction in Saint Augustine is the Fountain of Youth, discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1565. Pets are welcome at this 15-acre archaeological park and, though Ty and I both sipped from the fountain, neither of us has noticed a reduction in our wrinkles. Our next stop was the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, where pets are welcome on the grounds. However, when the boys heard about the paranormal activity reported here they decided to wait for us in the RV.
Our final stop was just past the lighthouse at Anastasia State Park. The park offers wonderful trails, windsurf, kayak and canoe rentals, and very nice campsites. Fishing, bird watching, and enjoying the beach are the big draws to this park and, though pets are not allowed on the beach, we’ll make plans to stay here the next time we’re in the area.
If you’re interested in visiting Saint Augustine, you’ll find many pet friendly hotels, restaurants and activities at GoPetFriendly.com.
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