Although early settlers lacked modern power tools, they were still able to skillfully construct expansive lodgings, working fireplaces, and hot tubs full of port wine. Celebrate colonial craftsmanship with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get two adult tickets to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses in St. Augustine (a $17.90 value).
Nestled in a growth of towering trees, the Dow Museum of Historic Houses is a collection of nine colonial homes that date as far back as 1790. Rustic courtyards, fine art, and architecture feed eyes’ appetites as guests meander from home to home, each one revealing a story about the original occupants and the role they played in St. Augustine history. Within the city block of huddled homes lies the Prince Murat House, one of the oldest still-standing colonial structures in the area and the former property of Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew. The museum offers self-guided and guided tours that hop from home to garden and back again, creating a rousing experience for explorers, casual historians, and ding-dong-ditch aficionados.