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National Park Service Unveils 360 Degree St. Augustine Video Apps

Visitors to St. Augustine’s historic forts can now download a couple of new smartphone apps designed to enhance their experience.

Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas are the oldest masonry fortifications in the country.

WJCT producer Rich Conner worked with the National Park Service to tell their stories through video.

One of the videos include the limestone and sea shell material - called coquina - that was used for the walls while another looks at the glacis – which is the green that runs up toward the Castillo and was used as a golf course.

Conner said they produced nearly a dozen 360 degree videos of things like cannon demonstrations.

“You can take your finger and you can push the video left or right to spin the camera around. You can see what all the re-enactors are doing. You can also see the crowd standing there watching, putting their fingers in their ears—getting ready for the firing of the cannon.”

Use Your Mouse or Finger to Move Around the Video

The NPS Castillo de San Marcos and NPS Fort Matanzas apps are available for Apple and Android devices.

Android: NPS Castillo de San Marcos | NPS Fort Matanzas

iOS: NPS Castillo de San Marcos | NPS Fort Matanzas

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.