While you’re in and around St. Augustine, check out these three attractions:
• Visitors to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens — about 45 miles north of St. Augustine — may view endangered Malayan and Sumatran tigers roaming overhead on an innovative network of elevated trails. The zoo also recently launched airboat tours on the Trout River, featuring native Florida flora and fauna. Check www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
• From May 5-10, The Players Championship brings the world’s greatest golfers to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach for high-stakes golf, parties, local food and craft beverages. The fan-friendly event is held on the famed Stadium Course with its legendary 17th-hole island green. Admission is free for youths 18 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket ($20-$65, depending on the day). Career military — active duty, reserve, military retirees and dependents — also get free admission. Check pgatour.com/theplayers. Most days, visitors may tour TPC Sawgrass’ Mediterranean-style clubhouse and hear anecdotes about golf pros such as Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar. The clubhouse restaurant, Nineteen, is open to the public. Don’t miss the Saratoga chips with smoked bacon and blue cheese. Check tpc.com/sawgrass.
• November is Harry Potter Month at St. Augustine’s Flagler College, thanks to the school’s stately, Hogwart’s-like dining hall with 79 original Tiffany glass windows. The college, open for public tours, is in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, Henry Flagler’s 19th-century Gilded Age resort, now a National Historic Landmark. Each November, Flagler professors dress up as Harry Potter characters such as professors Dumbledore and McGonagall. Students play Quidditch on the west lawn, get “sorted” by the sorting hat, drink pumpkin juice and take part in Potter trivia games, plays and other Harry Potter-themed activities. Check http://legacy.flagler.edu/pages/tours.