4/19/2011

New Exciting Adventures in the Oldest City

THINK YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL IN ST. AUGUSTINE? NO WAY! Check out these NEW and EXCITING adventures in our Oldest City:

Crocodile Crossing: Visitors can discover their inner Indiana Jones traversing this fun and challenging zip line above the canopy of trees and swamps that are home to hundreds of alligators and crocodiles at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Open for less than a month, this adventure is providing thrills to intrepid souls who "zip" between more than 50 platforms scattered throughout the seven-acre course. The world's first zip line located above a zoo, Crocodile Crossing offers a thrilling adventure that is truly one-of-a-kind.
El Conquistador: For visitors who want a breath-taking look at St. Augustine's nearly 450 years of history, El Conquistador is ready to transport them on a high speed thrill ride on the waters of Matanzas Bay, the Tolomato River and maybe even the wild Atlantic. This speedboat with the colorful paint and distinctive Conquistador helmets mounted on the exhaust stacks, takes up to 14 passengers on a one-hour, thrill-packed, narrated tour through history - with some marine science added as well. So as not to "intimidate the squeamish," El Conquistador's top speed is not posted, but it's sure to excite and delight every passenger.
St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum: Less than six months old, this new shrine to everything piratical has already proven to be a major attraction in the Oldest City. Located across from the Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fortress built in 1672 to stop pirates from pillaging the town, the museum not only houses the world's finest private collection of pirate artifacts, it features a Disney-like approach to history that is both educational and entertaining. Interactive exhibits bring the Golden Age of Piracy to life while clearly separating the reality of pirate life from the Hollywood version of the Rogues of the Sea. Plus, for pirates who want to do a little plundering in cyberspace, the museum has just opened an online Treasure Shoppe.
Horseback Rides on the Beach: It can be romantic or it can be the perfect family activity. St. Augustine's Country Carriages now offers daily one-hour, private horseback rides at the edge of the sea. These unforgettable rides depart from Surfside Park on Vilano Beach. For details and reservations, call 904 826.1982.

Throughout the spring and summer, Florida's Historic Coast will also welcome an array of special concerts and events at the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the brand new Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. These include John Mayall (May 1), Jefferson Starship (May 13). Wiz Khalifa (July 17), Selena Gomez (July 31) and Allison Krause & Union Station (Aug. 19).

4/13/2011

Weekend Events: Sea Turtles, Blessing of the Fleet, and Sunset/Moonrise Tour

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL

Keepers of the Coast present their annual festival welcoming the return of the sea turtles. There will be plenty of exhibits, games and more at the St. Johns County Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. For more details, visitwww.keepersofthecoast.org or call 904.814.2172




SUNDAY, APRIL 17


BLESSING OF THE FLEET

Witness a ceremony that dates back to the City of St. Augustine's Spanish occupation as those that take to the sea, in commercial and pleasure craft alike; receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The event draws thousands on Palm Sunday to watch as watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft - all decorated with flags and bunting --receive this special blessing. The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de La Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visitwww.sayc2000.com.

SUNSET/MOONRISE TOUR

Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine - the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d'oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. The fee is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.StAugustineLighthouse.com, or to reserve a spot, call 904.829.0745.

4/11/2011

Great Event - Looking Forward to Next Year's!

Tour de Farm was lots of fun yesterday. Chef Mary, "Office" Max, and friends took the Cabrio convertible; the weather was perfect! We saw Chef Poinard (Le Bistro de Leon) making herbal oils and vinegars and light salads at Fresh Start Hydroponics Farm (and you can buy Fresh Start's lettuces, etc. at Stewart's Market (just across the Bridge of Lions) - and we sampled vanilla-banana sorbet made from goat's milk at Terk's Acres Goat Farm (cheeses, yogurts and more available at our lovely Farmer's Market Saturday mornings at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre - and we loved Maggie's Herb Farm and the drive along the St. John's River to get there! We finished our Tour de Farm at County Line Produce and loaded up the car with fresh broccoli (right off the truck!) cabbage, onions, potatoes, parsnips, and more. Great day!

4/07/2011

Sunday Event: TOUR DE FARM


For Families, Foodies, Gardeners, and Friends of Farms...

TO TAKE THE TOUR
  • Gather up your friends and family, fill up a car.
  • Locate farms on the map in the brochure, or on our website.
  • Pick and choose whichever farms you want to visit.
  • Visitors are welcome from 1 to 5 PM on April 10.
  • Plot and plan your route for the afternoon.
  • You'll need cash for purchases.
  • For more information, go to www.slowfoodfirstcoast.com
  • Free admission to all Locations.
  • Sign up for the Free Raffle!
Cyclists are invited to ride the Tour de Farm! Pedal together with friends or with a bike club and enjoy one or more farm stops along the way.

4/06/2011

2011 Florida's Annual Birding & Photo Fest

APRIL 27-MAY 1, 2011
9th Annual Festival

Workshops
Birding Walks
Walking Tours
Kayaking Tours
Boat Tours
Photo Contest

Stay with us (the St. Francis Inn) - show us your tickets to the Birding & Photo Fest - and take 10% off your accommodations 4/27/11-5/1/11!

4/01/2011

Upcoming Concerts: Selena Gomez and Allison Krause

Selena Gomez & The Scene
with Allstar Weekend & TBA
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre


On Sale at 10:00 am!


Selena Gomez is a multi platinum selling artist and is also one of the stars of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. She currently outselling artist like Brittany Spears and Usher.

Her hits include:"Falling Down", "Naturally", "A Year without Rain", "Who Says", and many more.

Tickets are: $75.00, $45.00, $35.00, & $25.00
Doors at 5:30 pm | Show at 7:00 pm
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Alison Krauss & Union Station
with Jerry Douglas
Friday, August 19th, 2011
at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre


Venue Pre-Sale on Thursday April 7th from 10 am - 10 pm
Password is AIRPLANE

Alison Krauss helped bring Bluesgrass music to the mainstream by blending elements of Folk and Country. She is a Platinum selling artist and has sung duets with the likes of Robert Plant, Ralph Stanley & John Hartford .

She has won an unsurpassed 26 Grammy Awards, and numerous Bluegrass Association Awards.

Tickets are: $69.50, $49.50, $39.50, & $29.50
Show at 8:00 pm