From the historic Castillo de San Marcos to bustling St. George Street, there are many iconic places to see in America’s oldest city. Another one of these popular St. Augustine staples is the Bridge of Lions, a famous structure that connects the downtown area to nearby Anastasia Island.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the bridge and how you can enjoy it during your next visit, you’ve come to the right place! Here is everything you need to know about the Bridge of Lions, and don’t forget to download your FREE copy of our St. Augustine Vacation Guide to discover even more local attractions just like it.
Bridge of Lions Information and History
In the mid-1920s the Bridge of Lions was constructed to provide an easy way for vehicular traffic to cross the Intracoastal from Downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island. It is a double-leaf bascule bridge and named for the magnificent lion sculptures that adorn it (named Firm and Faithful).
The plans for the Bridge of Lions were developed by D.P. Davis, who at the time was well-known for his work on Davis Islands in Tampa, FL.
However, soon after the project was underway, a sudden residential boom took place and the construction of the bridge was halted. Davis’ original plans for a dredging bridge were also put to an end, and he quickly re-imagined his idea into what is now the Bridge of Lions. It was finally completed in 1927 and has remained a St. Augustine icon ever since.
The Bridge of Lions also acts as a drawbridge and allows recreational and commercial ships to pass through the bay. Many visitors love to watch the bridge open up for passing boats.
How to Enjoy the Bridge of Lions
While the Bridge of Lions was created for vehicles to cross, pedestrians can also enjoy its beauty from the sidewalks that run along either side of it.
The walk across the Bridge of Lions and back is approximately one mile, making for a fun and scenic workout. At the top of the bridge, you’ll find fantastic photo opportunities and just the chance to stop and admire the unparalleled views.
Bridge of Lions 5K
Each summer, the city of St. Augustine hosts a popular race known as the Bridge of Lions 5K. This exciting events allows both locals and visitors alike to jog alongside the scenic bayfront of St. Augustine and across the Bridge of Lions. Of course, you’ll also be sure to see several other local icons such as the Castillo de San Marcos and Davis Shores.
Interested in joining the race? Registration is open online and costs $20-$35 depending on how quickly you register.
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Located in St. Augustine’s beautiful historic district, the Victorian House Bed and Breakfast is a romantic home-away-from-home for couples and visitors to the Ancient City.
Our inn was built in 1895, but has been meticulously restored to provide fabulous guest rooms with unique features and historic charm. The Serenity Room has been featured in numerous publications for its lovely decor and thoughtful amenities. During your stay in this welcoming abode, you’ll enjoy a comfortable queen-size sleigh bed, a private bathroom with a deep clawfoot tub and shower, and a delicious hot breakfast served each morning.
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