St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!
Explore culturally vibrant St. Augustine with experts and learn the story of the nation’s oldest city through its architecture, monuments, Gilded Age works and a historic reenactment.
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Mary Beth

Very interesting history and beautiful area of Fl.


Road Scholar organized everything perfectly....even the weather! This trip was a wonderful respite from northern winter snow and cold. Our Hilton Garden Inn was across from the beach, which was beautiful. We had a free afternoon and evening for further exploring of the area. Food was plentiful and excellent at both restaurants and the hotel. Travel companions were, as usual on RS trips, friendly and fun. Jill Goranson is a great leader...patient, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, funny and friendly. Our speakers were good and relevant to the topic of St. Augustine. My personal favorites were the architecture lecture and meeting an imposing and memorable Ida Alice Flagler. I had no idea that St. Augustine had such a fascinating and diverse history, and was such a lovely town.


St. Augustine is as charming as its reputation. If you want to really learn about the city and the people who have made it what it is today, you would enjoy this Road Scholar experience.


Having visited St. Augustine with my parents as an infant during WWII, I felt it was time to see it through adult eyes. I was not disappointed. Seventy three years later, it is still a charming city, with Spanish architecture that made me feel like I was visiting a foreign country. Henry Flagler certainly got things built in a hurry, but the artists and craftsman he hired were painstaking in their crafts of painting, tile work, fountains, stonework, etc. From churches to hotels, their work was interesting and beautiful. The art and crafts work in these buildings was a joy for this artists eye to behold. I had my own private "Gallery crawl" at the many art galleries in town. Our tour leader, Nancy Frohardt, was gracious and enthusiastic, and she cared about our comfort during the tour. Our hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn, was situated one half block from the Atlantic ocean with a wonderful beach for starting the morning with a walk. The included breakfast selections were hearty and delicious. The hotel itself was modern, stylish, and comfortable with our meeting room on site. Small vans transported us into the city and trolley's gave us a tour that first day. The catered dinners were varied and tasty. Program speakers James Bullock, Ann Masters and Charles Tingley stood out for their knowledge and presentation of St. Augustine's history, food and architecture. The 28 people on our tour were congenial, interesting, and interested in the world around them. Singles mixed with couples easily. The food at La Cocina was almost too attractive to eat, but delicious. My assigned (compatible) roommate and I enjoyed mouth watering scallops at the charming Columbia restaurant, a Cuban chain that started in 1910. We bought hats at the Panama hat shop and sat on a bench people watching and enjoying our HYPPO gourmet popsicles on St. George street when a friendly passerby agreed to take our picture. I try to collect memories, not things! Go Road Scholars!


Different point. There was/is a group of people in our Madison WI area that occasionally get together for luncheons and conversations. I went to some luncheons several years ago, but have lost contact. Can you help me with a contact person or information to get reacquainted? Thanks for any help. Lee


This program deserves a 5 score as it is extremely well planned and executed. The leaders were absolutely delightful and friendly to everyone. Hotel was located near all attractions and restaurants.


You will not be disappointed with the agenda on this trip. The presenters are experts in their fields and have a passion for the transference of knowledge to the participants. Accommodations and meals are as promised. This trip is worth taking!


St. Augustine is a beautiful city to visit! Our field trips and lectures provided us with some truly delightful experiences there.


The trip was highly educational. I would definitely recommend Road Scholar as their trips keep you engaged and active.


We had never been to St. Augustine before and learned much about the city. All of the presenters in this program provided us with different aspects of the area, some were entertaining, some were educational and all were worthwhile. The location on the beach was a plus. We wished we could have stayed in the area a little longer, but previously had made other commitments.


Awesome program! A+ Lots to do and see with a good mix of activities and information. Well organized.


"St. Augustine 450 Years of History Comes Alive!" lived up to its name and more so. The presentations, tours, performances, and excursions were educational and enjoyable, in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend this for anyone who's interested in history or wants to know more about a fascinating and unique location. It was a wonderful experience!


The program - 450 hears of history in St. Augustine - was fantastic, and I learned so much, and also had a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.


A deep dive into the history of Saint Augustine with a first class team of historians. Learning about the early Native American tribal migration to Florida to escape the European colonists, as well as their role in sheltering and integrating fugitive slaves into their tribal life was a great learning experience.One of many adventures to come to those wise enough to invest in this superb learning experience.

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