Hotel at a Glance: Wingate by Wyndham
Both St. Augustine's Old Town district and St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park are right near the Wingate by Wyndham. It's also less than a half-hour from the Atlantic Ocean. Onsite, meanwhile, you can take advantage of a free full hot breakfast an outdoor tub.
- Free shuttle service is available for nearby attractions if you purchase sightseeing tickets at the reception desk
- Notable awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winner in 2013
- Complimentary full hot breakfast includes all-you-can-eat waffles, scrambled eggs, and fresh fruit
- Well-appointed rooms and suites featuring free WiFi; the king suite has a private hot tub
- Business travelers can take advantage of meeting and conference rooms.
St. Augustine: Spanish Colonial Town Steeped in the Legend of the Fountain of Youth
Legend has it that explorer Ponce de Leon—and many of his peers—searched the world over for the Fountain of Youth. Eventually, though, de Leon stumbled upon a clear, bubbling spring in what is today Florida, and he christened it as the coveted fountain. Spanish settlers populated the surrounding area shortly thereafter in 1565, making St. Augustine America's oldest European settlement.
Visitors can still see the "fountain of youth" on a tour of Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, which also features re-created 16th-century missions and villages. In St. Augustine's Old Town district, you can board a sightseeing trolley that makes its way down cobblestone streets past centuries-old jails, the oldest wooden schoolhouse, and the colonial mansions of the Spanish Quarter.
It's worth it to hop off the trolley to explore some of St. Augustine's family-friendly stops, including Potter's Wax Museum. Lightner Museum spotlights a quirky collection of Tiffany lamps, Victorian costumes, and Neoclassical iPods. Historic buildings are set amid St. Augustine's moss-draped oaks and at Fort Mose State Park, where costumed performers depict life in colonial times.