St. Augustine, A Seaside Escape
Discover why St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra is a beach town unlike any other thanks to its old-world charm, historic landmarks and miles of pristine coastline.
Anastasia State Park BeachWith sea foam and room to roam, Anastasia State Park Beach isn’t like Florida’s other beaches. It’s wider -- with sand packed perfectly for bike cruising. The waves are always up for a good ride -- while 4 miles of pristine beachfront beckon you to hike, swim, bird-watch and beachcomb. 960 1280
Historic St. Augustine | Ponte VedraCastillo de San Marcos represents the very fabric of historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. Fashioned entirely of coquina rock, construction of the fort started in 1672 – more than a century after Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city in 1565. 960 1280
Hotel Ponce De LeónWhat’s now Flagler College was originally the Hotel Ponce De León, a lavish and sprawling resort built under the direction of Henry Flagler in 1888. An industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer, Flagler played a vastly important role in the development of Florida’s east coast. 960 1280
High DunesHere, enchanting tales of triumph surround each and every landmark. But surrounding the beaches is nothing but more beaches. You won’t find any towering buildings, hotels or condominiums blocking the sun while you're biking along the shore -- but you will find 42 miles of wide coastline. 960 1280
Historic ShipsIn 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles -- founder of St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra -- leaned along the worn, wooden rails of a Spanish galleon and peered through a brass eyepiece. As if by magic, he spotted rolling dunes and coastline. Even now, 450 years later, the town he established has never stopped progressing, preserving and mystifying. 960 1280
Historic DistrictThe historic district -- where everything comes together. Here, the bars and restaurants that line St. George and its sister streets combine 5 centuries of culinary tradition with hand-crafted cocktails to create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Florida. 960 1280
Flagler CollegeThe twin spires of Flagler College were once water storage tanks which contained 8,000 gallons each and provided running water for guests of the former Hotel Ponce De León. Later, during World War II, one of the towers served as a temporary jail when the hotel was occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard. 960 1280
Magic KingdomThe purported happiest place on Earth, Disney's Magic Kingdom is sure to entertain the kids - whether with one of their parades or classic rides like Space Mountain. 960 1280
EPCOTTravel around the world without leaving Orlando in EPCOT Center's World Showcase. You can also take a ride through the future as imagined decades ago in the famous golf-ball shaped dome, Spaceship Earth. 960 1280
Universal Studios OrlandoUniversal Studios Orlando, next door to its roller-coaster-laden cousin, Islands of Adventure, is a must for movie fans. Where else can you experience an attack from Jaws, save New York from aliens along with the Men in Black, or hang out with Beetlejuice? 960 1280
Islands of AdventureUniversal's Islands of Adventure is the go-to place for those with a need for speed. Thrill seekers will especially enjoy Dr. Doom's Fearfall and the Incredible Hulk Coaster. 960 1280
Animal KingdomDisney's Animal Kingdom features more than 500 acres of grounds where animals can roam freely. Guests can roam in open safari vehicles, watching out for giraffes, hippos, lions, and more. 960 1280
The Wizarding World of Harry PotterOf course, the most popular attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans will be treated to plenty of performances, a dragon-themed roller coaster, and even (non-alcoholic) butterbeer. 960 1280
Silver Springs State ParkThe glass bottom boats at Silver Springs allow you to get up close and personal with local wildlife, like alligators, turtles, and if you're lucky, a manatee or two. 960 1280
SeaWorld OrlandoSee all your favorite aquatic animals in one place -- SeaWorld Orlando. Learn more about killer whales and experience thrilling roller coasters and water rides. 960 1280
Discovery CoveLocated in Orlando and partnered with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive getaway where visitors get up-close and personal with the park's animals. Take a day or 2 to swim with dolphins, experience an underwater tropical reef and visit Explorer's Aviary to see and hear tropical birds from all over the world. 960 1280
Busch GardensAbout a 2-hour drive from downtown Orlando, Tampa Bay is home to Busch Gardens. The main feature is SheiKra, a roller coaster with "floorless" cars giving the riders a unique view at 70 mph. 960 1280
Everglades National ParkFlorida's Everglades National Park is known by many as the place to see alligators and ride airboats. This National Park is home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and, best of all, beautiful Florida sunsets. 960 1280
John F. Kennedy Space CenterIf you're a fan of space travel, the Rocket Garden at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex just outside of Cape Canaveral, FL, is a must. Visitors can stand under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space and much more. If you spend an entire day at the Kennedy Space Center and there happens to be a night launch, stick around -- it's a must-see. 960 1280
Florida KeysThe southern-most tip of the US main land, the Florida Keys are known for beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, Key Lime Pie and Margaritaville. The Keys were also the onetime home to Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway. Pictured here is Mallory Square, the center of Key West's historic waterfront. 960 1280
Holy Land ExperienceOrlando's Holy Land Experience is surely a unique Florida attraction: visitors can have the Last Supper with Jesus and disciples (actors, of course). 960 1280
Surf ‘n California burritoDid You Know? While popular for years in the north-Atlantic states, legend has it that the term "surf and turf" was first used at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Dish 1: Surf n’ Turf Burrito
Where: Lucha Libre, 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 960 1280
BBQ Shrimp from Deanie'sDid You Know? In Louisiana they’ve been harvesting shrimp for 400 years. In the 17th century local fishermen cast their nets into the Gulf to catch the first batch of prized prawns.
Dish 2: BBQ Shrimp
Where: Deanie’s, 1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005 960 1280
Killer Hogfish SandwichDid You Know? In 2009, 283,015 lbs. of hogfish were caught in Florida.
Dish 3: Killer Hogfish Sandwich
Where: Hogfish Bar and Grill, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, FL 960 1280
Alligator RibsDid You Know? Alligator meat is similar to pork in texture, lower in fat than chicken, and tastes amazing!
Dish 5: Alligator Ribs
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613 960 1280