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Part 7 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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On our first night in St. Augustine we went in search of an outdoor restaurant. We came across Scarlett O'Hara's Bar and Restaurant located in historic downtown. They allowed dogs at their outdoor table and we enjoyed a nice dinner. We had some barbecue entrees but they also serve hamburgers and salads. As we were having dinner, a large thunderstorm passed through, but we all stayed dried thanks to the covered porch.  
Later that evening, when the storm had passed, we all hopped into a St. Augustine Transfer Co. Carriage for a guided ride around town. Four-legged friends of the canine variety are welcome in the carriages upon the driver's discretion. However, dogs need to stay on the floor of the carriage and not on the seats. We had a very informative tour of the historic town complete with history about the local buildings and even some ghost stories. This same company also provides Ghost Walking Tours.
The next day we walked around town. Overnight we had stayed at the local dog-friendly La Quinta Inn, which is in pretty good proximity to the historic downtown. It is about a 15 or so minute walk but we opted to drive the short distance so we could save our energy for walking around town. This photo shows a pedestrian only ally which was nice. Many of the streets around downtown, however, had pretty narrow sidewalks.
Just across the street from downtown and next to the waterfront  is Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. While dogs are not allowed inside the fort, Toby and I had a nice walk on the 25 acres of park grounds. This historic fort was built from 1672 to 1695 and it served primarily as the Spanish Empire post which guarded St. Augustine. Its secondary purpose was to protect the sea route for Spanish treasure ships.
After our walk around town we stopped at the Florida Cracker Cafe. Toby was welcome at the outdoor seats. The first table we sat at had a little line of ants which seemed to bother our dog. We moved to another table. Toby was happy and we all had an enjoyable lunch. They  served seafood, salads, chicken, steak, pasta and sandwiches. They had some tempting desserts but I went next door to the Savannah Sweets shop which had a ton of delicious chocolate! Dogs are not allowed inside so my husband waited outside with Toby.
On our way back to the hotel we decided to check out the infamous "Fountain of Youth". Not knowing if dogs were allowed, we had already decided to take turns going inside this attraction. We were happy to find out that the Fountain of Youth does allow pets, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. This photo shows the entrance on the right and a snack bar on the left.
Tradition has it that The Fountain of Youth is the exact spot where the Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon landed on April 2, 1513. He met the Timucuan Indians who at the time had an unusally long life span that averaged about 90 years. The Spanish at the time had a much shorter life span average. The water that the Indians drank became known as the "fountain of youth". Of course, the Indians longer life span could have had something to do with their healthy seafood diet and active lifestyle. Today this park offers exhibits of early Timucuan Indians and Sixteenth Century Spaniards. 
At the park you can stroll along the gardens, explore excavations, view exhibits, presentations and a planetarium. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome both outside and inside the buildings.
This is the planetarium. In the beginning of the presentation, they darken the room and then have a simulation with lights and noise of what is was like for the explorers to come to America via ship during a thunderstorm. If your pooch does not like loud thunderstorm noises (or is afraid of the dark), we recommend skipping this part.
In the Spring House, both people and pets can take a sip of the famous "Fountain of Youth" water. A guide will hand out samples of the water in little paper cups. The water had a very strong mineral taste. We let Toby have a little sip and he did not seem to mind the taste.  Click here to continue reading Part 7.

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