When Henry Flagler opened his opulent Hotel Ponce de Leon 125 years ago, room rates, in today's dollars, were an astounding $2,000 a night. And there were no value packages or accommodation deals. My how times have changed on Florida's Historic Coast!
When Henry Flagler opened his opulent Hotel Ponce de Leon 125 years ago, room rates, in today’s dollars, were an astounding $2,000 a night. And there were no value packages or accommodation deals. My how times have changed on Florida’s Historic Coast! Ongoing events and activities that mark Florida’s 500 birthday are accompanied by new tours and attractions and affordable summer family packages from $79, making St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches the ideal summer getaway. Visit www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com/family for special offers from the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra, The Pirate House Inn, Casa Monica Hotel and more.
New Attractions: St. Augustine’s newest attraction, the Colonial Quarter www.ColonialQuarter.com, is an immersive, captivating journey through three centuries of St. Augustine's rich history. The living history museum in the heart of St. Augustine’s downtown historic recently launched the Colonial Crew Revue, a high-energy, historic entertainment show featuring singing, dancing, magic and comedy that tells the story of St. Augustine in a lighthearted, entertaining way. The Revue takes place every Friday and Saturday night in the lantern-lit amphitheater under the trees of the Colonial Quarter. www.colonialcrewrevue.com.
New adventure rides in St. Augustine surpass thrills found in theme parks. Schedule a scenic flight in St. Augustine Biplane Rides. WACO YMF-5C 1930s sport biplane is perfect for a thrilling bird’s eye view of the nation’s oldest city. www.staugustinebiplanerides.com.
If you have the need for speed, come aboard The El Conquistador Speed Boat, which has returned to Florida’s Historic Coast for an entertaining and exhilarating adventure ride all ages will enjoy. www.elconquistadorspeedboat.com.
Some things improve with age, like the Fountain of Youth. It may be one of Florida’s first tourist attractions, but what’s old is new again. The famous attraction has added a 16th century boat building works and expanded its Timucuan village with a 16th century Spanish mission and an authentic Timucuan family hut. www.fountainofyouthflorida.com.
Artifacts from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha shipwreck have been added to the already impressive collection at St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum. The new collection from one of history’s most notable shipwrecks includes silver coins, an iron musket, musket balls, ceramics and more, all dating back to the 1600s. www.ThePirateMuseum.com.
Finally, there’s also something new at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, celebrating its 125th anniversary. Weekend tours have begun of the hotel’s fourth floor Solarium, which has not been open to the public for nearly 50 years. www.legacy.flagler.edu.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. The destination remains the only documented location for Juan Ponce de Leon’s 1513 voyage that made him the first European to set foot on the shores of what would become the United States (and provided him with the opportunity to name his discovery La Florida). For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook (St.Augustine, Florida) or call 1.800.653.2489.
Contact: Barbara Golden, bgolden@FloridasHistoricCoast.com, (904) 209-4425.