Here are some tips and ideas for you as you are planning your St Augustine Spring Vacation. It doesn’t matter if you are after a romantic getaway or a fun girls weekend, St. Augustine has something for everyone. This year marks our 450th anniversary and there will be big things happening all year. We’ll highlight some of the events here and also tell you about some great Spring Festivals and great tour ideas that we think that you’ll love.
First on your list when getting ready to head to St. Augustine for relaxing weekend, romantic holiday or girls getaway is booking your lodging.
Many people think that a Bed & Breakfast Inn is really just for romance and lovers. Not necessarily. You’ll find it a great relaxing getaway and a perfect place for the girls to gather. Check out the websites of some of our members to find out what great amenities are offered for your type of stay. Our innkeepers are ready to help you have a fantastic time while you visit St. Augustine.
For more information on Spring Events for St. Augustine’s 450th Celebration, just click here for our latest article about the offerings this spring.
We just posted a great article on all of the incredible festivals that will be happening in the upcoming months.
You find everything from Rhythm & Ribs to a wonderful Arts Festival that lasts 10 days. We’re sure that you’ll find something that you like.
Now for some more fun on your Spring adventure.
You may be looking for some beach time. St. Augustine has the greatest beaches! If you’d like to some shelling, we’d send you to the Guana River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that is part of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve otherwise know as the GMT Research Reserve area. This 73,352-acre expanse of public conservation and recreation lands is located midway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine on A1A. There is no parking directly on the beach in these areas. Three beach parking lots are located along A1A. Park here and walk across A1A to the beach dune walkovers that will lead you to a beautiful coquina sand beach. There are no lifeguards at the beach. The south beach parking lot is wheelchair accessible. This is also a great place to find shark’s teeth. You’ll find this a more quiet and secluded area for your getaway.
St Augustine is full of great attractions. Here are some that we hope that you don’t miss. The Castillo de San Marcos, also known here as The Fort. Take one of the free guided tours to learn more about our military history here in St. Augustine. She’s the oldest thing still standing in our town. Tickets to the fort are good for seven consecutive days. You can also visit her sister. Fort Matanzas. Located a few miles to the south of the old town area, Fort Matanzas guarded our southern entrance to the Matanzas River. This is a free tour and well worth your time. Want to learn more about the civilian history? Check out the Colonial Quarter. This living history museum will tell you all about how the colonials lived during the first Spanish Period, British Period and the Second Spanish Period. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is where the Timucuan native village stood those 450 years ago. Okay, so Ponce de Leon really didn’t find the Fountain of Youth, but there is quite a bit of history on these grounds. Pedro Menendez met the Timucuans shortly after the first Mass of Thanksgiving. Have you seen the 208 foot stainless steel cross? This is the site where Pedro Menendez and his men came on shore and held a mass of Thanksgiving. Right after that the natives invited Pedro and his men to a feast. Yep, the first Thanksgiving was really here in St. Augustine 450 years ago! There is so much to explore at the Fountain of Youth Park. Take your time and learn a bit about our history here. That’s not all of the history that is here. Check out the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the nations oldest port. St. Augustine’s maritime history is diverse. Learn about how Minorcan, Italian and Greek settlers brought Mediterranean traditions to our shores. Explore the lighthouse and learn more about how a lighthouse kept the ships in the area safe. There’s something here for everyone. More into the Pirates? Check out the The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. The history of pirates told through interactive exhibits, artifacts, movie props & scavenger hunts. Great fun for pirates of all ages.
Are you looking for a way to find out more about our town? There are many ways to learn a little history as you tour the city. Riding tours.. Try Old Town Trolleys, Ripley’s Red Trains or for a more of a VIP tour for about the same price, try St. Augustine Gold Tours. A six seated electric bus that can go down the small streets that the trolleys can’t. Want to be a bit more adventurous? Check out St. Augustine Biplane Rides for a once in a lifetime view of St. Augustine and the surrounding beaches and marshes. The best way to see St. Augustine from the water is with Kayak St. Augustine or Always for Sail. For a little more romance try the Schooner Freedom for a sunset cruise of the bay. Savor the unique culinary history of St. Augustine on The St. Augustine Food Tour or the Savory Faire. You can also try the Vino and Vittles tour on a horse drawn carriage. For a little more fun there are great pub tours as well. Try a historic pub crawl or one of the others that are offered from St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours or City Walks. Looking for a ghost tour? Try Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley of Doom or St Augustine Ghost Tours. A really fun way to see the city is on a Bike Tour or Segway Tour from St. Augustine Bike Rentals or you can just rent a bike, scooter or scoot coupe to find your way around town on your own.
When the sun goes down there are still lots of things to do in St. Augustine. Yes, many of the shops will be closed but the restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs are all hopping. You’ll find everything from high-end restaurants like the Raintree Restaurant or Centro to small out of the way cafés for your dining enjoyment. There is live music that will suit any taste. You can find wonderful Spanish guitar to Jazz or even some Southern Rock. There’s a great mix in this little town. Be sure to ask your innkeeper where to find the kind of music that you’re interested in.
We hope that this helps you just a bit on your planning for your St. Augustine Spring Vacation. For more information, check with your innkeeper. They will have even more great ideas on how to get the most out of your getaway to St. Augustine.