About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Historic Sites, National Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Parks
Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Lions and tigers and wolves and bobcats and snakes — oh my! This Reserve is a sanctuary for exotic animals who were kept as pets until their owners realized all the difficulties this entailed. There are many large mammals here, as well as smaller animals like deer and cavy, and a visit provides a unique opportunity to see these gorgeous animals up close.
A little further afield than other historic sites in St. Augustine, Fort Mantanzas is located 15 miles south of the city. While the fort defended the southern river approach when it was first built, it's still serving as a protective barrier today — this time to the ecosystem around it. It's worth the trip to get out of the city and visit this beautiful area.
Ponce de Leon believed that he had found the Fountain of Youth when he landed in what is now St. Augustine and, while he may have gotten that fact wrong, he did pave the way for the first settlement of what would become the United States. Visit the archaeological park and learn more about what it was like in 1565; it's a fully immersive — and fun — history lesson.
If pristine beaches and a wide variety of outdoor pursuits are what you're looking for, head to Anastasia State Park. With four miles of beaches and 1600 acres to explore, you can see as much or as little as you like. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping and more are all possible at Anastasia State Park.
If you've been to Spain, the Villa Zorayda might look a bit familiar — it's a 1:10 scale replica of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. When it was built in 1883, it started the trend of Moorish Spanish architecture that you'll see all over St. Augustine. Now a museum, it's full of interesting and one-of-a-kind artifacts that allow a glimpse into the St. Augustine of the past.
Housed in the old ice house, the St. Augustine Distillery Company makes vodka, bourbon and other spirits with local and heritage ingredients — and the results are mighty tasty. Even if you're not a tippler, you'll enjoy the tour and the historic displays.
A beautiful replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon (just like the one that Juan Ponce de Leon sailed to Florida on) is docked in the Municipal Marina near the Bridge of Lions. Take a tour and clamber around the decks to get a true feeling of what it might have been like to sail on a magnificent vessel such as this, 500 years ago.
History buffs and birders alike will enjoy a visit to Fort Mose. The site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States, Fort Mose is a piece of history that visitors often overlook in St. Augustine. For those interested in fine feathered friends, you also might see Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and White Ibis here.