St. Augustine Wild Reserve#10 in Best Things To Do in St. Augustine
For an up-close look at exotic animals, check out the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. This nonprofit sanctuary was established in 1995 as a care center for rescued and unwanted exotic animals. Mountain lions, bears, ligers and leopards are just some of the animals housed here. Notable residents include five arctic wolves and an African lion that once belonged to Michael Jackson.
Previous visitors praised the St. Augustine Wild Reserve for its treatment of the animals and informative volunteers. Though you may want to take pictures of the animals, leave the camera at your hotel since photography (including cellphone photography) is not allowed at the property.
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is situated 16 miles northwest of central St. Augustine; it's best to drive and free parking is provided on-site. To visit the facility, travelers will need to reserve a tour on the property's website. Tours, which are about two hours long, are scheduled on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6 to 10. Kids 5 and younger can visit for free. All entrance fees include a walk-through of the reserve and a CD with photos of the animals. On hot days, cold water and wet towels are provided to all visitors. A nine-seat golf cart is also available for handicapped guests.
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#1 St. George Street
Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end of the street, visitors can explore boutiques like Sunburst Crystal and Tillie's Bath Cottage, as well as historic sites like the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden School House. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum are within walking distance; as you travel south, you'll see additional shops and cafes, plus art galleries and the Colonial Quarter.
Visitors in search of Southern charm will appreciate St. George Street. According to past travelers, you'll find unique shops and some of the best ice cream in the area. The area is also a great spot to stop in some shops to pick up souvenirs.
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