The Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum was built in 1691 during the first Spanish Period in St. Augustine. Father Miguel O’Reilly was an Irish priest who made the house a place of spirituality and education. Today, the museum of the house focuses on it’s history, the Catholic ideals it represents, and the story of the Sisters of Joseph (the current owners of the house.)
Among free things to do is to check out the famous Fort Matanzas. The fort was built from 1740 to 1742 to protect the city from being attacked by enemies coming from the south. Today, the grounds of Fort Matanzas are great for picnics and strolling. In order to to get to the standing fort, you’ll have to take a short, free ferry ride across Matanzas River. Check out our blog about St. Augustine forts here.
Fort Mose was the first free African settlement in the United States. Although the fort no longer stands, the grounds are open to tour. This area is also great for picnics and strolling. Note: There is no fee to enter the park, but there is a $2 fee to enter the museum.
The Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum has been the home of several Governors under both Spanish and British rule. Later, it briefly became the Florida capitol and courthouse. Most recently, it was a post office and customs house.
The Memorial Presbyterian Church is an architectural beauty, constructed by Henry Flagler in 1889. The church was dedicated to Flagler’s daughter, Jennie Louise Benedict, who died the same year. Additionally, this site is one of the top 8 religious wonders to visit in the U.S.
The Mission Nombre de Dios is a Spanish Catholic mission; it is also part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine. The first Thanksgiving mass of the Spanish settlers, whom founded St. Augustine, was held on these grounds. In addition, the Great Cross and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche are also located here.
Over the years, the Pena-Peck House Museum housed Spanish Royal Treasurer Juan Estevan de Pena and his wife Maria Antonia, Governor John Moultrie as well as his successor Governor Patrick Tonyn. Today it is owned by the Women’s Exchange of St. Augustine.
The San Sebastian Winery is one of Florida’s premium wineries and offers sparkling and dessert wines from Muscadine grapes.
St. Augustine’s Art Association Exhibit features monthly juried exhibitions, solo and group exhibits, lectures, workshops, walking tours, children’s programs and more.
The St. Augustine Distillery creates small batch, handcrafted spirits that capture the taste and flavors of Florida. When you tour the distillery, you’ll learn how they mix, mash, cook and distill vodka, rum, gin and whiskey.
The shrine at the St. Photios Greek-Orthodox National Shrine features exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in the U.S. as well as the growth of the Greek Orthodox Church and the St. Photios Chapel.
Believed to be haunted, the Tolomato Cemetery is the resting place of nearly 1,000 St. Augustinians in addition to souls from the First Spanish Period, British Period, and Second Spanish Period. It is believed to be haunted.