Frequently Asked Questions about St. Augustine

A lot goes into planning a vacation or weekend getaway. If you’re planning a trip to St. Augustine, there’s a chance you have some questions. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions to make your planning a stress-free experience!

What is the weather like?

Downtown St. Augustine Bayfront. Photo credit: OldCity.com

 

St. Augustine is situated along the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean. This area of Florida experiences a subtropical climate. While we do have a high humidity level, the coastal breeze provides a nice relief even during the heat of summer. Because of our subtropic climate, we do have a rainy season from May to October. But never to fear, our summer rain is usually short lived and the sun comes out as soon as the last rain falls. The summer season lasts from the end of May to the end of September with an average daily temperature in the 80s. The cooler season lasts from December to March with an average daily temp from the 60s-70s. Many visitors enjoy coming to St. Augustine in the fall and winter for the comfortable climate.

 

 

Are there any free attractions?

The entrance of the Lightner Museum. Photo credit: OldCity.com

Yes, we do have some free attractions in the area and some attractions free for residents with ID.

Free for residents:

 

Free for St. Johns County residents with ID:

 

What attractions are wheelchair accessible?

The entrance of the Fountain of Youth. Photo credit: OldCity.com

Many attractions in St. Augustine have wheelchair accessibility! If you have any questions about a specific venue, contact them and their staff will be able to answer any questions.

 

Are there other ways to get around besides my car?

St. Augustine is known for being one of the most walkable cities in Florida. The Nation’s Oldest City also offers several other options which make getting around easy and stress-free.

Alternate forms of transportation:

  • Trolleys

    An Old Town Trolley rides through downtown St. Augustine. Photo credit: OldCity.com

    • This train-like transportation is convenient for those wanting to see the sights but also to be able to get around the city without worrying about parking or walking far distances. Trolleys are run by Red Train Tours and Old Town Trolley Tours. There are several trolley stops including the Colonial Quarter, Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. George Street, Lightner Museum, Plaza de la Constitucion, St. Augustine Distillery, and more.
  • Pedicabs
    • If you need a quick lift around the city without wanting to call a taxi or a private tour around the city, pedicabs are a great option. A pedicab is a type of bicycle rickshaw. Pedicab of St. Augustine and Explore Tours & Pickups offer this service around town.
  • Carriage Rides
  • Explore Tours & Pickups
    • Explore Tours & Pickups are a relatively new way to get around the city. Their vehicles look like a mixture between a golf cart and a van. They offer pickups in the downtown St. Augustine area, as well as bike rentals. They also offer historical, night, pedicab, and private tours. Explore Tours are pet-friendly as well.

 

What are some major events that take place in St. Augustine?

One reason people love to live in and visit St. Augustine is because there’s always something going on and plenty to do. No matter what time of year you’re in town, we can guarantee there is a multitude of events happening.

An Old Town Trolley rides by the Lightner Museum. Photo credit: OldCity.com

Major holidays

We love to celebrate holidays in The Ancient City, a few being Fourth of July, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

  • Fourth of JulySpend Independence Day in St. Augustine and make it an all-day celebration! Enjoy the beaches, historical sites, attractions and restaurants the area has to offer. Eat an early dinner or pack a picnic, then head to the Plaza de la Constitucion for Big Band music starting at 6 p.m. Then find the perfect spot along the bayfront to watch the fireworks go off. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.!
  • The Christmas season is a big deal around St. Augustine. We kick off our holiday season with a celebration called Nights of Lights Light-Up Night, where millions of white lights are lit up in a spectacular fashion all around the city! The city stays lit up for Nights of Lights from November 18, 2017, to January 31, 2018. During Nights of Lights, enjoy festivities including the Annual Christmas Parade, Colonial Night Watch & Torch Parade, Annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, Holiday Regatta of Lights, and much more!
  • New Year’s Eve – Each year on New Year’s Eve, a big celebration called the Beach Blast Off takes place at St. Augustine Beach. Get to the St. Augustine Beach Pier early to enjoy live music and delicious food. Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m.! The event lasts from 4-10 p.m.

 

Festivals

St. Augustine is a top destination for festivals of all kinds. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s most likely a festival for you.

Natalie McElwee
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