So, you're on vacation, have just moved to St. Augustine, or have free time on your hands and are searching for things to do or wondering how to explore St. Augustine is. Are you a nature lover? Then take to our waterways and dive into St. Augustine's diverse ecosystems. Celebrating an anniversary? Well, check out offbeat romantic St Augustine tours to impress your sweetheart! Or maybe you watched the episode on TAPS/Ghost Hunters that featured our Lighthouse and plan to explore the City's ghostly world. Finding a way to explore the Nation's Oldest City is easy!
Charters, Boat, and Eco Tours
Nature lovers: whether you’re here for a day, weekend, or an entire week, be sure to fit a boat or eco tour into your schedule – you will not regret it! St. Augustine is rich in waterways. The Atlantic Ocean, St. Johns River, Sebastian River, and Matanzas River all help define the city. These waterways are twofold; providing a beautiful backdrop to our city and adventurous ways to explore. Additionally, you won’t find the stereotypical tourist-traps with long mundane tour scripts, and crowded decks here! What you will find are adventurous sightseeing catamaran tours, eco-tours, and fishing charters that get you up close and personal with Florida wildlife and history.
The Historic District's majestic backdrop, upbeat vibes, and historical significance deems it as one of the most romantic places in Florida. The sun rises over Matanzas River each morning and sets behind the city each eve; palm trees lining bayfront offer shade to walkers; sailors wave as they pass by pedestrians; restaurants and bars are second to none.
A thoughtfully planned picnic on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos may be all it takes to wow your loved one. But, why not go the extra mile and plan an offbeat date on a romantic tour of St. Augustine? While many couples enjoy basking in the sun cruising around the city by horse and carriage, adventure-seekers may prefer a Lover's Scavenger Hunt or a Haunted Romance Ghost Tour.
Among things to do in St. Augustine, is exploring the city's eclectic palate of food venues. The city is home to some of the best barbecue joints, seafood places, Italian restaurants, and American diners in North Florida. Many of these restaurants have a farm-to-table mentality and use only locally-sourced ingredients ensuring that your appetizers, entrees, and desserts are as delectable as they appear!
Furthermore, there are several food tours that are perfect for getting a decent taste of St. Augustine cuisine without spending hours waiting for reservations or sitting down for dinner. These tours are great for a day visit, long weekend, or if you love all things food and exploring.
Nearly 500 years of complicated history has titled the Nation's Oldest City as a very spooky destination. In the few blocks of the official city limits of the Historic District are the oldest fort and oldest cemetery in the United States. These historical sites may contribute to the unseen visitors who frequent the town at night. If that isn't enough paranormal activity for you, a short drive over to Anastasia Island will bring you to perhaps the most haunted place in St. Augustine, the Lighthouse. Don't believe us? Check out the Lighthouse's feature on TAPS/Ghost Hunters, CNN, Parade Magazine, Fox News or The Weather Channel!
In light of our ghostly natives, paranormal tours were created so that locals and visitors alike can safely investigate these happenings. GhoSt Augustine offers perhaps the most interactive ghost tours and paranormal investigations. Research equipment in hand, visit and investigate St. Augustine's most haunted destinations, led by a licensed expert.
History Tours St Augustine
St. Augustine has been the site of historical happenings which date back to when the city was founded in 1565, and more recently during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. So, how can you learn nearly 500 years of history during your vacation or staycation? The following tours ought to do the trick!
One of the most popular ways to learn about the city’s history is aboard Ripley’s Red Train or the Old Town Trolley. Both tour vessels have over 20 bus stops throughout the city, conveniently located by historical sites where riders can hop-off and hop-on the bus at their leisure. Tours begin at each bus stop every 15 to 22 minutes and tickets are valid for three days.
Architecture enthusiasts and history buffs should add Flagler College’s sightseeing tour to their list of places to visit in St. Augustine. The National Historic Landmark and former Hotel Ponce de Leon is one of Henry Flagler’s monumental projects. Adorned by Spanish Renaissance architecture, a collection of 79 Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass, and a collection of furniture and art from the hotel.
You will find people bring their pets nearly everywhere with them in the Old City. A walk downtown will surely convince you; motorcyclists cruise with their fur-friends on the inner streets; pups are pushed in carriages by their gracious owners; dogs of all sizes are seen lounging on the bayfront; there are even several tours created with man's best friend in mind. From pup crawls (a pub crawl with your pet) to bone-apetit tours and pawsitively St. Augustine, you're fur-friends will find these adventures just as fun as you do!
Pub Crawls, Wine-Tasting, & Tours
From locally-sourced wineries, breweries, and distilleries to haunted bars and an extensive list of happy hour hot spots, St. Augustine's bar and pub life is full of experiences, history, and divine flavors. Thanks to establishments like the Ancient City Brewing, St. Augustine Distillery, and San Sebastian Winery the City is also home to some of the best top-shelf liquor in Florida. Whether you're here for the weekend or an entire week, a well-rounded experience of St. Augustine spirits can be achieved with a pub crawl!
Whether you’re a native of the city or it’s your first time visiting, you’ll find that St. Augustine sightseeing tours offer both incomparable views and unique ways to spend the day! From history-ridden scavenger hunts to pub crawls and trolley tours. If you’re looking for something a little more off-beat than you ought to schedule a GhoSt Augustine tour.
St Augustine tours are a long-standing past time for locals and travelers alike. Whether you’re here on vacation interested in learning about the city’s history, are interested in sampling southern dishes and locally crafted liquor, or looking to get outside on a beautiful day, you’ll find St Augustine tours are interactive, fun, and enjoyable for the entire family.
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