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What Makes St. Augustine Totally Day Trip Worthy

Posted on: November 15, 2018

You may know St. Augustine, but do you really know St. Augustine? You might have heard of its extensive and important role in Florida’s history. However, do you know about its amazing restaurants and shopping, or of all of the exploring you can add to your itinerary? This beloved city has everything that you could ask for to fill a day trip. While some people travel from all over the world to visit St. Augustine, this charming city is right in our own backyard. Next time that you’re in the area, make sure to look for…

History

St. Augustine is one of the oldest cities in America, so it is guaranteed to carry along with it some fascinating stories. Head to the Castillo de San Marcos to see what life in Florida was like under Spanish rule. Completed in 1695, the fort saw important moments in Florida’s history, including Spain’s ownership of Florida in 1565 and the British ownership of East Florida in 1763. Today, the fort is now a National Monument under the National Park Service as both a museum as well as a popular destination. St. Augustine’s history truly talks-you just have to be there to listen.

Shopping

San Marco Boulevard hosts some of the best shopping within the area. Thanks to the city’s charming atmosphere and locals’ warm reception to small businesses, you’ll find unique goods and services offered throughout the city. Find your new favorite vintage piece at A Step Back In Time, which is carefully curated to not only offer you older furniture and fashion, but also important parts of Florida’s history. Ask to see their collection of original Highwaymen-you won’t regret it! St. Augustine’s shopping is amazing outside of the Boulevard too! A day trip to St. Augustine is not complete without stopping by the St. Augustine Premium Outlets. Serving as the city’s one stop shop for high end goods, peruse luxury brands from Kate Spade New York to Polo Ralph Lauren.

Sports

As Florida has served as one of the best places for golf, St. Augustine is home to historical moments in golf as well. If you’re planning on watching The Players Championship in 2019 at nearby TPC Sawgrass, then make plans to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame. This center offers historic points on the sport and ties together its history in the area. The Association of Tennis Professionals call this city home, too. Exhibits such as “Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion, and Personality”, and programs such as PGA Championship Week help bring golf’s story to life.

Forming a coastal border around St. Augustine is a river that plays just as important a role in Florida’s history as the city itself does. This is the St. John’s river, the longest river in Florida and one of its most revered. In Industrial Revolution-era days, it served to help people send goods up and down the state, or to take them quickly from one place to another. Today, it serves as a great swimming hole, a bountiful fishing hole, and for one St. Johns County neighborhood, the perfect place to live by.

RiverTown, perched on the banks of the St. Johns River is home to 10 distinct neighborhoods spanning across 5,000+ acres. The community is centrally located with close proximity to Jacksonville and the historic city of St. Augustine on Florida’s First Coast. St. Johns County boasts the top-rated schools in the State of Florida, incredibly beautiful beaches and great shopping, dining and entertainment. There are always great concerts, festivals and events on the calendar, and a wide array of cultural venues to experience the history and arts of this dynamic region.

RiverTown offers a wide variety with new home designs by Mattamy Homes, including 50 unique floorplans, priced from the low $200s. RiverTown is also home to Riverside, an exclusive neighborhood of custom estate homes located with private docks on the St. Johns River. Residents at RiverTown enjoy an impressive array of resort-style amenities. The spectacular RiverClub is located directly on the St. Johns River. An infinity edge pool overlooking the river and a poolside café, family game room, fire pit gathering areas, a pirate themed playground, Amphitheater, and waterfront boardwalk with kayak launch are all included in the expansive campus. Two additional pools (one with a corkscrew slide), tennis, basketball, soccer and a tot lot are located at the RiverHouse amenity center, which is also home to the community clubhouse, activities director and fitness center.

The Welcome Center is open daily at 90 Lanier Street, St. Johns. There are 12 model homes to tour, including the 5 new NorthLake models with MORE to love. For more information about RiverTown, visit RiverTownFL.com and download our free digital brochure or call (904) 337-4856.

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