Friday, April 15, 2016

TGIF! There are many wonderful and interesting events in Saint Augustine this weekend. Our city is the perfect weekend getaway within short driving distance from many of Florida's major cities. If you have never visited our town, now is the time to come! Here are only a few things to see this

El Galeón available for tours through April 20

El Galeón, the authentic replica of a ship that traveled the coast of Florida 500 years ago, continues its brief stay in St. Augustine, its North American home port at the city's Municipal Marina.

The 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a Spanish galleon, is owned and operated by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain. El Galeón first arrived in St. Augustine in June 2013 and has been back on multiple trips. During its departures, the ship visited ports along the east coast including New York City and was used in the making of the television series Crossbones on location in Puerto Rico.

The first ship like El Galéon to arrive in St. Augustine was the flagship of founder Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Named the San Pelayo, the 650-ton ship, one of the most powerful ships of its day, carried 800 colonists and supplies to St. Augustine to establish the first permanent European settlement in the United States in 1565.

During its stay,  El Galeón will be open for tours.  Tickets may be purchased at the ship at the  Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Melendez.

Event expected to increase bicyclists through the city 
Ride set for Sunday, April 24

North Florida Bicycle Club's 25th annual Tour de Forts Classic is expected to increase the presence of bicyclists through the city on Sunday, April 24. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when encountering the ride participants.

The ride, which may include 750 riders, starts at St. Augustine High School at 7:30am with groups of 30 riders leaving the school approximately every minute. The route through the city includes Lewis Speedway, State Road 16, San Marco Ave./Avenida Menendez, the Bridge of Lions and Anastasia Blvd., continuing south on State Road A1A to Fort Matanzas.

Smaller groups of riders will ride through Lighthouse Park and North Davis Shores on their return along the same route back to the starting point at St. Augustine High School.
Information, including maps of the ride routes, is available at the North Florida Bicycle Club web site.