Castillo De San Marcos, St Augustine

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Castillo De San Marcos, St Augustine - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 1 S Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084, United States

Phone: +1-9048296506

Ticket Price: 7 USD

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 08:45 am - 05:15 pm Details

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About Castillo De San Marcos, St Augustine

The masons from Havana laboured to produce blocks to construct a monument. They baked oyster shells in kilns to produce a fine white powder called lime which was then mixed with sand and fresh water to produce mortar. After 23 years of hard labour, and sheer determination the Castillo de San Marcos was born.

The Castillo de San Marcos embodies the clash between cultures and grim history as nation after nation tried to make it their own. It echoes the struggles of an earlier time and the walls provide evidence of numerous historic events including the imprisonment of Native American tribes. Plains tribes such as Howling Wolf of the Southern Cheyenne drew while incarcerated. Their art known as Ledger Art are etched on the walls depicting events of valour and personal feats in battle and hunting. Made-up of coquina, a fundamentally indestructible limestone comprised of broken sea shells and coral, the walls of the fortress remained impenetrable through 300 years of enemy shelling and pounding by violent storms.

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, construction began in 1672. The construction began at the command of Francisco de la Guerra y de la Vega after the destructive raid of the English pirate Robert Searles who assaulted and plundered the settlement. At the same time the threat of English colonization in the north had significantly increased, and Queen Mariana of Spain authorized the construction of a stone fortification.

After 1702, it was decided to change and improve the Castillo and the city of St. Augustine itself. The interior rooms were pulled out into the courtyard to make them deeper and vaulted arch ceilings were constructed to make the rooms bombproof. These vaulted ceilings also served to make it possible for heavy garrison guns to be put all around the perimeter of the gun-deck rather than just in the corner bastions as the Castillo had originally been built.

The Castillo has never been conquered despite attacks by English General James Oglethorpe who fired cannon balls from the tip of Anastasia Island, but it was no match for the unusual consistency of coquina which absorbed the blast rather than crumbling.

After Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 St. Augustine became the capital of British East Florida, and the fort was renamed Fort St. Mark. However in 1783 she went back as a possession of Spain. But by 1821 the fort became a United States Army base and was renamed Fort Marion. In 1942 the original name, Castillo de San Marcos, was restored by an Act of Congress. The fort was declared a National Monument in 1924.

Possession of the fort has changed six times, all peaceful, amongst four different governments: the Spanish Empire, the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America (Spain and the United States having possession two times each).

When it comes to a visit to Castillo Se San Marcos in St. Augustine, you need to be equipped with a lot of knowledge. Tickets for Castillo Se San Marcos open your path to one of the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. They are readily available over the counter, however, if you buy tickets for Castillo Se San Marcos tours, you get to see history through various perspectives. Scroll down to know Castillo Se San Marcos ticket prices and reserve a historical experience for yourself. Castillo Se San Marcos tickets and tours are affordable and offer you the best journey into the past.

Castillo De San Marcos Information

  • The City of St Augustine maintains a parking lot in front of the Castillo. The cost is $1.50 per hour which is paid at automated stations which accept most denominations of U.S. coin and currency as well as credit and debit cards.
  • You can use the city's parking garage which is only a block away from the Castillo. It is conveniently located and will provide shade for your vehicle.
  • Only vehicles 21 feet or shorter, including any trailers, are permitted to park in the Castillo lot.
  • The City of St. Augustine provides free parking for larger vehicles at the corner of West Castillo Drive and Riberia Street.
  • The lot is approximately three blocks from the Castillo and visitors may use the Castillo's lot to drop off and pick up passengers.
  • Please stay together as a group and with your teachers if you visit from school.
  • Visit quietly and be attentive to the tour guide who is dressed in period costume.
  • The influence of the Spanish, French, British and American are all featured in the exhibits.
  • Keep an eye for your children especially up stairs on the gun deck as there are no guard rails.
  • Stay alert as you walk on uneven floors, and do not climb the walls or the cannons.
  • Only water is allowed to be consumed in the Castillo, so secure all food and drinks before entering.
  • Only the lower level of the Castillo is accessible by wheel chair.
  • If you plan on picnicking on the grounds then clean up after you finish.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • If you feel dehydrated with the heat, contact a Ranger.

Castillo De San Marcos Ticket Prices

  • Above the age of 16 charged $ 7.
  • Children (age 15 and under) are admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Golden Access and Age Passports, the Castillo Annual Pass, and the Interagency Access, Annual, Military, and Senior Passes are honoured for free admission in accordance with the terms specified on the card.

Restaurants Near Castillo De San Marcos

  • Cruisers Grill: American
  • Al’s Pizza: Italian
  • Mill top Tavern: American
  • The Bar With No Name: American

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  • My first time here. I have heard many great thing about this place from my friends. They were all right, the place is amazing. It is so full of history and scenic views. Inside the got you can go into multiple times that are setup period correct. They even have actress in there who are dressed from the time period. At certain times of the day they for the cabins which all the kids loved. The gift shop has plenty of neat gusts to buy as well.

  • Took my son and nephew there on our way back home. They loved it! There is so much history and they really enjoyed walking in and out of the rooms they have there. My nephew really enjoyed watching the cannon display that they do. They did it every hour and a half. Not to mention it was a beautiful day to be there. Not a lot of parking near Castillo but we got real lucky and someone was leaving the main parking area as we were coming in.

  • Cool spot to catch a great view of the city on the water while standing on a historical site. Very informational , makes you thankful for the advancement of the human race. Kids are welcome and most run around the structure, but beware there are no barricades or rails at the top so watch them carefully. They shoot off cannons every other hour. Cool piece of history to visit in St. Augustine

  • Be ready to go back on time when you visit the fort. After paying the $10 cover fee I proceeded to the draw bridge over the moat. Then entering the fort's massive walls; there were exhibits in various rooms on the ground floor. There is even a theater with history and video reenactments. Then I ventured to the top floor to get the view of the surrounding waterway and get a feel of the fort's strategic location. Then there are the well placed cannons pointing in all durections. This is a beautiful place to visit, full of history and offers a nice stroll path around the outside.

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  • One of the best national parks. I have been here several times over the years as I live in FL but this time I was able to take my own son for his 1st trip. The place is taken care of very well with a staff that takes its care very seriously. Great time for kids to learn about our nation's history. Will continue to come back for many years.

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