Okay, so you’ve decided that St. Augustine is the place for your next vacation. If you haven’t already booked one of Inns in St. Augustine, that should be next on your list.
This is where many ask, well what is there to do in St. Augustine? Isn’t it just a historical site with a great beach. The answer to that is NO! St. Augustine has so much to do that you won’t know where to start. At the end of your stay, you’ll probably wish that you had booked for longer. You’ll find that on your next trip that you’ll need to stay longer.
I’m sure that you may have heard of a few of the attractions in St. Augustine. Potter’s Wax Museum or the Oldest House in St. Augustine? Or maybe the St. Augustine Lighthouse? Well, there is so much more. We’ll give you a great list of things to choose from and tell you a little about each one. Then you’ll have a great start to find some of the attractions that appeal to you and yours. Remember to check with your innkeeper when you check in for discount coupons the attractions and tours around town.
History, Adventure & Fun in the Oldest City
That’s really what we’re all about. St. Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited city in the United States. Yes, the real first Thanksgiving most likely was here. Ask anyone in town. There are quite a few great historic sites that you don’t want to miss.
The Castillo de San Marcos, also known around town as The Fort, is the only extant 17th century military construction in the country. When you visit here be sure to take one of the Free Ranger Programs to learn more.
Fort Mose was the first free African American settlement in what is now the United States. Visit here for an eye opening and inspiring glimpse at some of St. Augustine’s history.
Fort Matanzas, was built in 1740 to guard the southern approach to the Castillo. Take the launch that runs numerous times during the day over to the fort and explore. And … it’s free.
The Oldest House also known as the González-Alverez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The present house dates to the early 1700s but there had been a house here as far back as the early 1600s. The house is now part of the Oldest House Museum Complex and is run by the St. Augustine Historical Society.
At the Colonial Quarter in the heart of the city you can experience life in St. Augustine during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Climb to the top of the watch tower to see what the soldiers would have seen in the 17th Century. Visit the 18th century Garrison Town or grab a bite to eat at the Taberna de Caballo. Take the guided tour to learn the most here.
Think about what it would be like to be a lighthouse keeper. Not sure what it would have been like? Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum for all of the great maritime history of St. Augustine. Learn about the lighthouse and it’s history and some of the incredibly interesting maritime history of our town. The Lighthouse has historians and a team of maritime archeologists that are making new discoveries of St. Augustine all the time.
When you see the sign for the Fountain of Youth, you’re thinking… yeah right. But it’s more than a place for a drink of water. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is where you’ll find the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. This is where Pedro Menendez came on shore and lived when he first came to St. Augustine. This is the place where the Timucuan village of Seloy was located and where Pedro and his men were first welcomed by the natives. There is much to do and see here, so put this one on your list.
Museums and More
We have a plethora of museums for every taste. Some we have already discussed in the history area. The Oldest House Museum Complex and The St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum are just two of the many. Here are a few more that you’ll want to see. The Lightner Museum has relics of American’s Gilded Age. Potters Wax Museum, The Oldest Wooden School House, Villa Zorayda Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, O’Reilly House Museum and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum.
Check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park. Not only do they have Alligators and Crocodiles but they also have a Zip Line that goes right over them. Fun for everyone!
Is it your dream to swim with the dolphins? Well you can at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Check with your innkeeper to find out more about their adventure programs and to see if there are any discounts from your Historic St. Augustine Inn.
A fun adventure for any weekend getaway or romantic weekend is a round of mini golf at Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf, Bay Front Golf , Anastasia Mini Golf, or Adventure Landing.
That’s just a touch of what we have. You’ll have to find all of our great wine tasting venues, San Sebastian Winery, the Gifted Cork and Vino del Grotto. Be sure to try the Whetstone Chocolate Factory and visit the Authentic Old Jail. Check with your innkeeper for special savings and more attractions that we didn’t get in this article. We know that you’ll have a great time on your visit to St. Augustine!