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St Augustine Trolley Bus
On our first trip to St Augustine we decided initially to go on the Trolley bus to see all the attractions in the area and decide where we wanted to visit over the next couple of days.
There are two trolley bus tours in St Augustine and we went on the Old Town Trolley Tour simply because it was the first one that came along. It runs daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm is closed on Christmas Day and only runs half a day on Easter Sunday. We paid about $23 each and this gave us three consecutive days of unlimited use, Free Admission to St Augustine History Musuem, Free Beach Shuttle to Alligator Farm, the Lighthouse museum and the beach and you are able to hop on and off the trolley at any of the designated stops. I think children 6 to 12 years were about $10 and children 5years and under rode free. Since coming home I have found out that you can buy these tickets on line with a saving of a couple of dollars each.
It was a brilliant tour we expected it to be about twenty minutes and it actually lasted about an hour and a half. We had a great driver who shared with a good deal of humour the history, attractions and sights of America' s oldest city. We learnt that St Augustine was founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565 with colonial Spanish neighborhoods, magnificent buildings and it is really charming. We had about 20 stops and many places of interest were pointed out as we traveled.
We stopped at:
The Old Jail
St. Augustine’s Florida Heritage Museum
Bay View at the Monterey
Hypolita and St. George Street (historic walking mall)
Visitors Information Centre – where we were advised if we returned we could get a discount package
Old Drug Store
St. George Street (another historic walking mall)
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Grace United Methodist Church
Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church
San Sebastian Winery (Nearby there was a large plot of vacant land that was the sight for a very exclusive hotel development. However with the downturn in the economy building had been postponed)
Old St. Augustine Village
Potters Wax Museum
Spanish Military Hospital
Ximenez-Fatio House & Beach Bus Stop
Castillo de San Marcos
Exxon Station Stop discount packages also available here.
Mission of Nombre de Dios,
Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
Fountain of Youth
I hope I have remembered them all!
We simply walked from our hotel to the nearest trolley stop but if you wanted to use your car there is free parking at the Old Jail.
If you do go to St Augustine I thoroughly recommend this tour it is great value and we found it a great starting point for planning our visits over the next couple of days.
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