Castillo de San Marcos National Monument


Visited: March 2019

Duration: 2-3 hours

Accommodations: Holiday Inn, St. Augustine (Perfect location for walking)

This morning’s adventures found us at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Located right in the middle of beautiful St. Augustine Florida.  We have visited some amazing towns on this trip and St. Augustine is one of them. We arrived here as they opened the gates (we like early starts, less people).

Walking around outside of the gates gets you some pretty awesome pictures especially when the sun is reflecting off the ocean right next to the fort.


We headed in the main entrance and got to work on our Junior Ranger booklets.  They were pretty easy but still educational.  We learned that the fort was constructed of coquina (sand, water and seashells) and it is very fragile, the parts of the fort and how they were used, the different ways of firing cannons and what was brought to the fort from the Old World vs the New world. Even adults would learn from the Junior Ranger book. We worked on the books while waiting for the ranger talk.

After the ranger talk we walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery here at the fort.  It is a well kept National Monument in a great historic town. We took way too many pictures here because of this. We did the self guided tour (you can grab the information as you enter).

The tools used to fire cannons


San Agustin Bastion
Plaza de Armas
San Carlos Bastion
Gorgeous cannons


The Rangers go all out
Spanish flag flying over the fort

We headed back to the information desk and received our Junior Ranger badges and patches.  The guy working the desk was a hoot!  The kids still talk about him and giggle! Great memories. Below are the badge, patch and cancellations you can earn here. You also get a spiffy Junior Ranger Certificate. Here are the boys earning their items.


That wraps up another fort on our Spring Break trip.  We are off to enjoy what St. Augustine has to offer for the next few days, stop back and check that out on the Florida blog (coming soon).

Thanks for stopping by, have you been to Castillo de San Marcos??  I would love to hear if you have.

2 Comments on “Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

  1. The first time I visited St. Augustine was a 5th grade field trip. We have visited several times as it is less than 2 hours from our home. Eugenia Price wrote a Florida Trilogy set in St. Augustine. If I remember correctly the “Oldest House” is the setting for book one in the series, Maria. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.


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