Florida's Historic Coast Travel Planner 2018 - Page 9

is legendary and spas provide a haven for relaxation in a Zen-inspired realm of wellness and serenity. The opening of Sawgrass Village, a modern entertainment, dining and shopping complex, is shaking things up. Yoga with a brew. Fine art and personal shoppers. Cocktails and Seafood Happy Hour. It’s not your typical mall and restaurant row, not even close. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park has even more exotic creatures, such as the Lemurs of Madagascar, and newborn babies of the crocodilian species. There’s even a place where children can dig up fossils. Nature & Adventures New Cultural Finds Already a destination with pristine natural areas, new outdoor adventures await. Get out on the water and enjoy dolphin tours and sunset sails with the family-friendly Red Boat Water Tours. Set off on your own to explore the waterways with Kayak St. Augustine or on a Stand Up Paddleboard from Anastasia Watersports. Join Blue Water Adventures to drive your own unique horizontal catamaran. You’ll glide over the shallow water habitats and ecosystems of the beautiful St. Johns River in a custom built airboat at Sea Serpent Tours. Get a bird’s eye view with St. Augustine Parasail or Castaway Canopy, a zipline adventure. St. Augustine has been hosting First Friday Art Walks for decades. It has become so popular, the event has spread to outlying communities. The Vilano Beach Art Walk Off the Beaten Path takes place on the fi rst Friday of each month along Vilano Road. Shipwrecks & New Species The St. Augustine Orchestra has built a distinctly American sound to classical music. Music in the Box at the Limelight Theatre highlights local singers the last Saturday of the month. Poetry, documentaries, foreign fi lms, and annual fi lm festivals take place at the Corazon Cinema & Café. Anastasia Island is an emerging shopping and dining area with popular attractions and the beautiful Anastasia State Park. The view from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse is still stunning, but it’s what’s under water that’s really getting attention. “Shipwrecks, secrets from the sea,” artifacts, and maritime archaeologists. That’s all we can say. You’ll have to see it for yourself. There’s a lot going on in Lincolnville, a small part of St. Augustine listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A free walking tour and markers tell the story of Lincolnville’s important role in the Civil Rights movement. From 1963 to 1964, the area originated peaceful protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Andrew Young. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum Shop ‘Til You Drop St. Augustine Outlets has completed an extensive $7 million interior remodel and added new stores and merchandise. Improvements nclude bright new fl ooring, inviting soft seating area, Wi-Fi throughout the mall and touch screen directories. Recently new stores opened including H&M, Old Navy, Toys “R” Us, Christopher & Banks and 2Q smoothie & bubble tea. St. Augustine Premium Outlets has also opened new stores. Torrid, which sells trendy plus-size clothi ng for women, Swarovski , which sells high-quality crystal jewelry and accessories, Book Warehouse, a discount book store for children, crewcuts by J.Crew fashions for children, Janie & Jack children’s clothing, roz & ALI women’s fashions, Zumiez shoes and clothing, LIDS offi cially licensed sport headwear, and TaylorMade Golf Factory Store, which sells off -season product lines and gear from TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Adidas Golf. Uptown Sing Out Loud Festival The Uptown area is still known for the beautiful Mission Nombre de Dios and the great cross that towers over the Nation’s oldest city. But the once quiet, empty stretch of San Marco Avenue is now lined with eclectic boutiques, a wine bar, and the popular “Uptown Saturday Night” event that brings out shoppers the last Saturday of the month who enjoy live music, libations and the chance to mingle with friends old and new. The always popular Raintree Restaurant has expanded with a romantic brick courtyard adding to the cozy, up-tempo vibe of this newly chic region of the city. FloridasHistoricCoast.com 7