Visit St. Augstine

st-augustine-route-map-infoSt, Augustine, Florida is known as the Ancient City for all of the history that has happened there. It is a two-hour drive from Madison. It offers a variety of exciting places to explore and have fun. There is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Alligator Farm Zip line and Potter’s Wax Museum. The downtown area offers a wide variety of different and unique shops to explore. There is also a lovely beach that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum website, the building was built by Standard Oil partner William G. Warden, and later became a hotel, Castle Warden, when purchased by Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband Norton Baskin. Robert Ripley did not create the museum. He frequently stayed in the hotel. After his death in 1949 Castle Warden was purchased to house his collections, which included rosaries made of human bone and drum kit featuring two human skulls fused together and covered with human skin. The collection of weird and fascinating artifacts has grown and has over 800 exhibits, artifacts and artwork. Other attractions that Ripley’s offers is the Red Train tour and the Ghost Train Tours. According to Ripley’s website, the Red Train Tours take you around St. Augustine and one loop is 7 mile. This includes 24 stops and from start to finish takes approximately 90 minutes. A new tour begins every 15-20 minutes at all stops.

Ripley’s Ghost Train
Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure’s is a 90 minute paranormal investigation that takes you down the streets of St. Augustine stopping at many of the local haunts, including the Our 90-minute paranormal investigation takes you down the narrow streets of St. Augustine, stopping to investigate at the old Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Public Burying Grounds of 1821 and the 1800s haunted Castle Warden. For more information, call (904) 824-1606.

Alligator Farm Zip Line
The Alligator Farm in St. Augustine started offering a new adventure a couple of years ago. According to the Alligator Farm website, the Crocodile Crossing is a zip line and aerial obstacle course. You can experience the feeling of standing over crocodiles as the bath in the sun. It includes two different courses. The Sepik River Course is the shorter course of the two. It takes approximately 45 minutes for completion. The course is 20-feet high and includes three zip lines. Then if you haven’t had enough fun, upgrade to the Nile River Course, which is longer and more difficult. According to Alligator Farms, you should allow two hours to complete this course. You are 60-feet above the ground and there are nine zip lines. They now offer, Dark Side of the Zoo, where you can zip line at night. This adventure is a modified version of the Nile River Course. The include six zip lines and 23 obstacles. If you want to know what the alligators and crocodiles do at night this is perfect for you. This adventure also includes a nocturnal reptile tour, which include the great Maximo. For more information, call (904) 824-3337.

Potter’s Wax Museum
Potter’s Was Museum in St. Augustine offers over 160 wax figures.  According to Potter’s Wax Museum’s website, the newest addition is Tiger Woods. They are also going to be adding Halle Barry and Robert De Niro to the collection soon. Potter’s Wax Museum is open 7 days a week. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children tickets are $7.00. For more information, call (904) 829-9056.



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