Experiencing history brings our past to life – especially for kids and the “curious child” in all of us. And luckily for Floridians, the state is home to many historical landmarks and buildings, as well as many old military forts that allow us to walk through “living” history.
Historical forts provide opportunities to climb over, under and through tunnels, gates, walkways and walls while peering through turrets with sweeping panoramic harbor and beach vistas.
Often run by the national and the state park systems, some forts feature volunteer costumed characters wearing period clothing acting their century-old roles – people who often endured hot, humid, disease ridden conditions. Add to that cannons, artillery and bastions – and most history buffs will have plenty to keep them intrigued.
So take an authentic Florida tour as we visit four of our state’s historical forts that bring Florida’s history alive.
Only one American city can hold claim to the title of “oldest city”, and St. Augustine wears its “nearly 450 year-old” title well drawing most travelers because of its rich and layered history.
No trip to St. Augustine is complete without a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos. It won’t take you long to understand why the Spanish built this immense fortress on Matanzas Bay with a commanding view of the harbor.