National Parks Service personnel at the Castillo de San Marcos demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in 1740's. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. throughout the year. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., was built by the Spanish in 1672 to help protect their empire in the New World. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily. Be sure to visit their website at www.nps.gov/casa.
Image above credited to the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park.
The Fountain of Youth Park also offers historic weapon demonstrations and reenactments daily. Their most popular is a cannon firing where they really bring the 16th century to life!
When founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed here 450 years ago this September 8th, he brought 20 artillery pieces with him to protect the fledgling settlement. The Fountain of Youth holds 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.
As stated on their website, "Nothing can compare to the sound and feel of artillery – the roar and smell of the powder will transport you back in time when a small band of Spanish soldiers faced an uncertain future in a new land"!
Additional demonstrations include arquebus gun lectures, firing and period cross bow demonstrations. All demonstrations are scheduled daily yet weather dependent.