St Augustine Attractions and Events for the History Buff

St Augustine has it all in terms of historic sites and things to explore on every corner.

History truly comes alive here at many St Augustine attractions and is reenacted daily during our ongoing events!

We have compiled a short list for you that you will want to check out in the upcoming weeks before end of Summer!

St Augustine attractions and ongoing events

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at the Castillo

Rangers and volunteers demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the colonial Spanish soldier of 1740s St. Augustine at the Castillo de San Marcos. This event is weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and presented several times during the day on the North East Gun Deck.

Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM

Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability.

Please visit the Castillo’s website for park admission information. Regular fees apply.

Cannon Firing at Fort Matanzas

Come join our Colonial Spanish re-enactors at Fort Matanzas National Monument to learn a little history and watch the fort’s cannons fire.  Boat tours, complete with cannon firings, will take place at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, & 3:30pm.

Each tour is weather permitting and will last about 45 minutes.

Be sure to stop in the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center to collect your free boarding pass prior to the tour.

More of St Augustine attractions, reenactments and weapon demos

Cannon Firings on the Hour at the Fountain of Youth

When Pedro Menedez de Aviles landed here in St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, he brought 20 artillery pieces with him to protect the fledgling settlement. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park has a replica of one of those six-pounder guns, and give hourly demonstrations about the history of their use in the settlement of St. Augustine. Then they fire the big cannons!

Nothing can compare to the sound and feel of artillery – the roar and smell of the powder transports you back to a time when a small band of Spanish soldier-farmers faced an uncertain future in a new land that was naturally rich, but filled with hostile and potentially lethal threats.

Additional weapons demonstrations include arquebus gun lectures and firing and period crossbow demonstrations. Since these period weapons require dry powder charges, the demonstrations are weather-dependent. Regular admission to Fountain of Youth is 15.00 per adult and does include the weapon demos.

Militia Muster & Training at Fort Mose

On the first Saturday of the month from 9:00am-11:30am, a Militia Muster & Training will be held at Fort Mose.

Come visit and be transported back to the 18th Century!

Watch as members of the Fort Mose Militia practice their firing drills using historic weapons and teach new members how to safely fire their weapons.

Demonstrations on historic weapons will be given including musket firing drills.

Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children’s militia training using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories.

Admission is free to the park.

Admission to the Fort Mose Visitor Center is $2 per person.  The training is from 9:00am until 2:00pm with the park remaining open until 5:00pm.

For additional information, call 904-823-2232 or visit the Fort Mose website in the link above.