By Lynn Wettach
Do you love to travel with your pet? If so, St. Augustine, Florida has the welcome sign out for you and your pet. See the sights, play at the parks, romp on the beach and even dine at several local restaurants on their beautiful patios; a dream vacation for you and "Fido".
Four pet-friendly places to add to your must-do list (pets must be on a leash):
1. The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park - a beautiful 15 acre historic site that includes the Spring House, Planetarium, Discovery Globe, and Timucuan Indian exhibit. The park-like grounds are a tribute to the Native Americans and explorers who once walked where you will walk. You'll find ancient cannons and anchors amid the native plants. Peafowl wander throughout the park so you'll want to keep a tight hold on your pet's leash. You may not regain your youth but you and your pet will have an enjoyable time at this St. Augustine treasure.
2. Scenic Cruise - has your pet ever been on a boat? This is your chance and I know he, or she, will have a good time. You'll view the sights from the harbor as your captain shares his knowledge of local history and the local flora and fauna. Your pet will enjoy sniffing all the wonderful smells in the wind as you cruise along. A treat for both of you!
3. Mission Nombre de Dios - look up from most anywhere in Saint Augustine and you will see the 200 foot cross rising above the banks Matanzas River. Beneath are the Mission grounds, the location of the first Catholic Mass held in the United States. As you wander along the pathways you'll come upon an old stone chapel, Our Lady of La Leche Chapel and Shrine. You'll also find a large field for romping and playing with your pet.
4. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument - built in the 17th century to protect Spain's claim on the new world. It is the oldest masonry fort in North America. You can take your pet exploring around the grounds of the 20.5 acre site. Pets, however, are not permitted inside the actual fort. You'll still have a wonderful time as you both enjoy a great walk in the Florida sunshine.
St. Augustine, Florida, is the perfect place for pet lovers and their pets. Lots to do, wonderful things to see, restaurants to sample and the air is full of new scents to sniff. Pack your bags, bring the toys and the dog bed and have some fun!
Lynn Wettach is the author, publisher and editor of http://www.st-augustine-travel-guide.com a website which reflects her knowledge and love of her hometown, St. Augustine, Florida. For a complete list of pet friendly lodging, restaurants, parks and things to do in St. Augustine go to http://www.st-augustine-travel-guide.com/st-augustine-pet-friendly.html and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter, St. Augustine Traveler's Tidbits. Helping you plan the perfect St. Augustine, Florida vacation.