Famous for their lush plumage and complex mating rituals, the über-rich mysteriously went extinct when they all invited each other to the same jungle island to hunt the "most dangerous game." Explore upper-crust wintering grounds with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets (up to a $14 value) to the Legacy Tours of Flagler College at Flagler College in St. Augustine. Tours depart from Flagler College’s main lobby every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A National Historic Landmark built by millionaire tycoon Henry M. Flagler in 1887, Flagler College has been both a World War II Coast Guard training center and the lavish Hotel Ponce de León—one of the most exclusive resorts of the Gilded Age. During the 45-minute tour, an enthusiastic student guide leads visitors along the illustrious footsteps of Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt as they explore “the Ponce,” ogling its opulent murals and soaring 80-foot rotunda while mentally calculating the fiber density of the luxuriant carpets and upholstery. All the while, your guide will spin yarns about the hotel’s heyday and its once-upscale amenities of electricity, indoor plumbing, and wind-up bellhops.
Housed in Flagler's swanky Spanish Revival retreat is the glittery brilliance of Austrian crystal chandeliers and 79 stained-glass windows created by interior designer Louis C. Tiffany. These antique treasures will impress guests almost as much as the massive onyx clock built by Thomas Edison, who wired much of building’s electrical system himself when he wasn’t busy moonlighting as the ballroom’s phonograph-canister-scratching deejay.
Flagler's Model Land
59 Saint George St.
St Augustine, Florida 32084