Things To Do in St. Augustine, Florida
The Nation’s Oldest City offers rich history, attractions, and more.
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St. Augustine, FL 32084
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OldCity’s guide to things to do in St Augustine Florida
Sun, Fun, History, and Mystery – Your Guide to Things to do in St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine’s attractions bring to life the history, adventure, and romance of the Nation’s Oldest City. There are more than 60 attractions in St. Augustine that explore the rich four and a half century history of the Nation’s Oldest City, each in its own unique way. For the modern adventurer, there are dozens of other activities to fill your time with as well, from art galleries to golf, from surfing to IMAX movies.
By day, you can explore the city’s rich history, spend the day shopping, or enjoy some time outdoors while surfing, fishing, or playing a round of golf. History-minded visitors can explore destinations like these:
Throughout its history, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument has been closely intertwined with the city and the neighboring structures which served as the city’s outer defenses – Fort Mose to the north and Fort Matanzas to the south. The Castillo and the town serve as outstanding reminders of the might of the early Spanish empire in the New World. Given the architectural details, it’s hardly surprising that Castillo de San Marcos actually took 23 years to build (from 1672 to 1695). Numerous historic events have taken place within the walls of this ancient stalwart including the imprisonment of Seminole tribe leader Chief Osceola after he was captured in 1837. Fabricated of coquina, a virtually indestructible limestone comprised of broken sea shells and coral, the walls of the fortress remained impenetrable through 300 years of enemy shelling and pounding by violent storms.
Built from 1740-1742, Fort Matanzas represents a well-preserved masonry watchtower fort built by the Spanish. By providing a perch to observe enemy vessels approaching from the south, the fort played a strategic role in warning St. Augustine of potential enemy advancements from the south via the Matanzas River.
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Celebrating 40 years of providing educational excellence, Flagler College offers 26 majors and 30 minors in selected studies emphasizing liberal arts, education, and business. Located in what was once Henry Flagler’s first St. Augustine hotel, the Ponce de Leon, the college operates tours for both visitors and prospective students. Jaws will drop at the sight of such incredible architecture which has been painstakingly preserved through the years. The campus grounds are equally impressive with their rows of towering palms and well-kept gardens. With the purchase of the Florida East Coast Railway building west of town (now converted into dormitories and offices), the new student center on Sevilla Street, and expansions of the art building and galleries, Flagler College is continually expanding both its presence in town and opportunities for its students.
History buffs will adore the many museums in the area. The Lightner Museum is among the most unique, featuring an intriguing array of items, from shrunken heads and mummies to stunning collections of stained glass and crystal. When it opened its doors in 1889, Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel delighted guests with its gigantic indoor pool and retractable roof, casino, spa, and movie theater. O.C. Lightner jumped at the opportunity to live in the hotel when it became available for purchase and house his unique collections here.
Shops around the historic district offer everything from souvenirs to antiques, arts and crafts to clothing. St. Augustine is also the ideal location for soaking up the sun along our 43 miles of pristine beaches or on the emerald expanse of a grassy golf course. Stroll the sandy seashore, lay out by the pool or head into the blue waters of the Atlantic for a little deep sea fishing. Whatever your interests are, nature is at its best in St. Augustine.
By night, visitors can enjoy a casual stroll or a carriage ride through the cobblestone streets of St. Augustine, but beware of the spirits that sometimes lurk in the shadows. While The Ancient City can be an ideal spot for romance, it’s also got a history that never sleeps. If candlelight dinners and window-shopping on St. George Street aren’t your thing, you may want to try a ghost tour through the narrow alleys and haunted buildings like the Old Jail.
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Located in the heart of the Historic District in St. Augustine on St George Street, the Spanish Bakery and Cafe has been serving customers for over 40 years. Relax at our outdoor seating while enjoying authentic Spanish empanadas, soups, salads and sandwiches all reasonably priced.Visit Our Site 904-342-7859
Looking for a different way to view the creeks and tributaries? A fun tour option is the HydroBike; the fastest, most efficient water bike in the world. Propelled at 'your own speed' and safe even for children, explore the waterways up close and personal. Choose from guided tours or rentals. Use OCW5 for a 5% discount.Visit Our Site 904-495-4200
Visit America's First Colony - the actual site of the first 1565 Menendez settlement! Located on 15 waterfront acres, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is Florida's oldest attraction. Feel a cannon roar in the pit of your stomach. Drink from Ponce's Spring of Eternal Hope. Visit a Living History Timucua Village. Experience the reconstructed 1587 Mission Church of Nombre de Dios. Ready to explore?Visit Our Site 904-829-3168
Founded in 1738, Fort Mose is one of the original sites on the southern route of the Underground Railroad and was the northern defense of St. Augustine. It is the site of the first free African settlement in what is now the United States and is now in the Florida Park System. Launch your kayak, have a picnic and soak in the history.Visit Our Site 904-823-2232
Climb to the top of this magnificent St. Augustine icon and see our city from a fascinating view. Built in 1874 you can tour the lighthouse and light keepers house, visit our museum store, and relax on our beautiful grounds. Something for everyone. Open daily at 9:00am. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.Visit Our Site 904-829-0745
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is housed in the Castle Warden built in 1887. In 1950, it became the first permanent Ripley's collection. An avid traveler, Ripley collected unbelievable souvenirs and bizarre artifacts in untouched, primitive areas. Travel the world through the Original Ripley's museum. See extraordinary exhibits including the new Space Oddities Exhibit, amazing facts about world culture, bizarre customs and unique artisanship.Visit Our Site 904-824-1606
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Spend a day on the water while you're in St. Augustine. We offer pontoon boat and Carolina skiff rentals. They are great for fishing or sightseeing. These boats are easy to operate and affordable. Full service bait and tackle shop on premises for your convenience. For those wanting a close-up look we also offer kayak rentals. Go exploring today!Visit Our Site 904-471-0398
Indulge in freshly made dark, milk and white chocolate, cocoa nibs and more as we guide you through our tasting tour, introducing discerning chocoholics to the history and making of our delectable treats and the subtleties that define artisan chocolates. A decadently delicious experience! Book your tour online.Visit Our Site 904-217-0275
Let our professional staff pamper you and your guests aboard one of our luxury sailing vessels. We offer both Sunrise and Sunset Charters, or try our nature tour and sail by Guana Nature Reserve. For the more adventurous, experience sailing out the inlet for some offshore sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. Give us a call to reserve your private sail!Visit Our Site 904-829-0648
We're unlike any experience you will have in St. Augustine. Visit our central location on Cuna Street where we'll share with you our eclectic collection of internationally sourced art, gifts, clothing, jewelry, and household decorative goods. At The Golden Gypsy, we celebrate #LifeAsArt. SPECIAL OFFER: Mention this listing from 'OldCity.com' to receive your free gift.Visit Our Site 904-417-0094
Up for some fun for all ages? Our award winning 18-hole landscaped course features 8 waterfalls, caves, and a 65 ft. Spanish ship. Looking for an extra challenge? Play under the stars on the lighted course. Treat yourself afterwards to delicious soft ice cream, milk shakes and desserts. Open every day and evening, weather permitting. Conveniently 10 minutes from historic area.Visit Our Site 904-461-5571
Tour St. Augustine on Ripley's Red Trains - Recipient of the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Relax and enjoy our non-scripted, award winning, 22 stop tour of St Augustine. Learn about the oldest city in the nation and get exclusive discounts from 100 retail shops with your Red Train ticket. Spanish and English guidebooks available. Tours in French / Spanish. Purchase your tickets online now and save.Visit Our Site 904-829-6545
Looking for a unique boating adventure? This is the newest and coolest way to explore St. Augustine on a state-of-the-art, interactive small craft catamaran. Quick, roomy, and well-built, experience attractions like the Castillo de San Marcos, the Great Cross, the Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, or Fort Matanzas up close and personal. Contact us today for our Sightseeing or Sunset Tour!Visit Our Site 904-460-4004
Experience the Ultimate Airboat Adventure on our state-of-the-art 6 passenger vessels. Encounter freshwater wildlife and vegetation up close on our St. Johns River Safari. Our Sunset Safari offers incredible sunsets over the St. Johns River as well as an excursion into the wetlands of Six Mile Creek. Located West of St. Augustine. Use OCW20 code for 20% discount.Visit Our Site 904-495-4200
See the world's largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts and interactive exhibits, including the Book of Pirates and the spine-tingling Disney Imagineer-designed Below Deck sound experience of Blackbeard's last battle; the world's only pirate treasure chest; one of only two Jolly Roger flags; and rare shipwreck treasures from the Florida Division of Historical Resources.Visit Our Site 877-467-5863