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9. Castillo de San Marcos, Fla.

The Castillo was built to protect Spanish claims in the New World. Rangers and volunteers in period dress demonstrate with live cannon and musket firings and reenactments that illuminate the colonists' life in the bastion. Weather conditions at Castillo de San Marcos, about 40 miles from Jacksonville, Fla., are hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Check for hurricanes June through November. Visitors in 2009: 667,783 More info:
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