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).