St. Augustine is a fantastic destination year-round, but The Ancient City really comes alive in the summertime. People flock from all over to enjoy the warm, coastal weather, the bright sunshine, and the fun, vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re planning your family vacation, a trip with all your friends, or a romantic getaway, St. Augustine has something for everyone. Read some of our top tips for a great summertime excursion to the Nation’s Oldest City.
Take in some world-famous attractions
There’s no shortage of things to see in St. Augustine. People come from all over to see the sights of The Ancient City which include historic monuments, museums, and well-known attractions. Learn part of St. Augustine’s history by taking a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument or Flagler College. If you are in a museum mood, the Lightner Museum, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, and Ximenez-Fatio House Museum are all worth exploring. If a relaxing tour is more your style, the St. Augustine Distillery, San Sebastian Winery, and Whetstone Chocolates all offer tastings and tours of their facilities. No matter what mood you’re in, the options are truly endless when it comes to entertainment in St. Augustine.
Music is everywhere
Music by the Sea
Music by the Sea is an exciting event for visitors and a staple for locals. This free concert series is held each Wednesday during the summer season at the St. Johns County Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach on Anastasia Island. Enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean while listening to a different genre of music each week including jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco, and country. Bring your beach chair and get a good spot or just bring your dancing shoes.
Concerts in the Plaza
Concerts in the Plaza, another great summer concert series takes place in downtown St. Augustine. Each Thursday during the summer season, locals and visitors gather round in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The free concerts showcase a variety of talent and musical genres. So, grab your picnic blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a night of music in the middle of The Ancient City.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has been a premiere entertainment venue in the community for years. World-renowned entertainers such as Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, and Foreigner have graced the stage over the years. The Amphitheatre is constantly adding shows to their lineup. Some of the shows coming up this summer include Weezer, Bastille, John Legend, Idina Menzel, and John Mellencamp.
Live music around town
If making a schedule isn’t your style, there are always bands playing at venues throughout the city. Follow your ears through downtown and pop in when the music calls to you. Various bars and restaurants have music daily. Great venues include Cellar 6, Scarlett O’Hara’s, Prohibition Kitchen, Sangria’s, Colonial Quarter, and The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz and Blues Bar.
Enjoy the different beaches
You can’t come to St. Augustine in the summer without a trip to one of the many surrounding beaches. Although The Ancient City continues to top travel lists, you won’t have to worry about overcrowding. The St. Augustine area offers tranquil beaches year-round. Take a long walk, hunt for seashells, go surfing, play volleyball, or throw a frisbee along miles of beautiful coastline.
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Take a tour (or two)
If there’s one thing St. Augustine has a variety of, it’s tours. Whether you’re interested in The Ancient City’s unique past, seeing the abundant wildlife, or enjoying a pub crawl, you’re guaranteed to be entertained and will learn some fascinating facts along the way.
- Ghost tours – Get up close and personal with some of the old haunts in The Ancient City. There are several great companies offering ghost tours including Ghost Tours of St. Augustine and the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour.
- Wine tours/pub crawls – Enjoy a fun and relaxing day of sipping and strolling through town tasting some of the best wine and beer the city has to offer. We recommend checking out City Walks and The Tasting Tours for a great time.
- Carriage tours – If you’re looking for a more traditional and leisurely tour through town, a carriage tour may be just the thing for you. We suggest Country Carriages, Southern Carriages, and St. Augustine Horse and Carriage for a delightful experience.
- Eco and boat tours – For those wanting a tour off the beaten path, eco and boat tours are fun options. This allows you to take advantage of all the beautiful nature of Northeast Florida. Enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, driving a catamaran, or taking a relaxing sail along the Intracoastal. We suggest checking out Kayak St. Augustine, St. Augustine Eco Tours, Schooner Freedom Charters, and Bluewater Adventure St. Augustine.
Go camping at Anastasia State Park
Want to experience a different kind of vacation? How about a camping trip to the beautiful Anastasia State Park? This 1,600-acre park offers unique ecosystems and wildlife, four miles of beach, and a nature trail. Anastasia State Park is the perfect place for those looking to stay active and have fun while doing so. Enjoy a day of swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and seashell hunting. You’ll get to experience all the beauty of nature with the convenience of being close to restaurants, attractions, and shops on Anastasia Island and just minutes from downtown St. Augustine.
Enjoy one of the many sweet treats around town
Take a break from the summer heat and indulge in one of St. Augustine’s many sweet treat shops!
Luckily, St. Augustine has plenty of places serving up scrumptious confections perfect for a hot day. Scattered throughout the city are several shops serving up everything from gourmet popsicles to fudge to chocolate to ice cream sandwiches with pie filling! There’s definitely something to satisfy your sweet tooth in the Nation’s Oldest City.
We recommend trying out these local eateries:
- The Hyppo
- Whetstone Chocolates
- Tedi’s Old Tyme Ice Cream
- Peace Pie
- Creme de la Cocoa
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Fudge Buckets
St. Augustine is a world all its own. Whether you’ve been here multiple times or are planning your first visit, The Ancient City holds a new experience for each person who enters its city gates. So plan your trip, see the sights, take a tour, walk around and soak in your surroundings, and, above all, enjoy what this one-of-a-kind city has to offer.