Best Outdoor Adventures in St. Augustine

Looking for your next outdoor adventure? Ready to cross another thing off your bucket list? We're here to help with this list of fun, unique adventures to embark on in and around St. Augustine!
Head over to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for a thrilling adventure at Crocodile Crossing. Not only will you get to zipline through the treetops, but you'll also be conquering an obstacle course right over alligators and crocodiles!

There are two different courses available:

  • Sepik River Course: This shorter, lower course is perfect for newcomers. It's still exciting and fun but isn't as challenging as the other course, making it ideal for first-timers and families.

  • Nile River Course: If you're feeling truly adventurous, check out this course! A little longer and more challenging than the Sepik River Course, this takes participants higher up and through harder obstacles.

Looking for more excitement? Crocodile Crossing isn't the only fun thing to do at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm! There are tons of native reptiles, exotic birds, and mammals to discover. They also have fossil discoveries and daily wildlife shows.
If you're looking for a fun, unique way to experience the beach, look no further! Equestrian Adventures of Florida offers horseback tours on the beach and on many of the trails throughout Central Florida's preserves.

Whether you want to tour the beach, trails, or a state park, you're sure to find a horseback riding tour you'll thoroughly enjoy. They even offer custom ride packages that can be tailored to suit your needs. Horseback riding tours are perfect for family fun or even a romantic beach ride. Either way, it's definitely something you'll want to cross off your bucket list!
There are so many things to do at Anastasia State Park. Whether you're in search of your next exciting adventure or just want to spend a relaxing day outdoors, you'll find something fun to do here.

  • Fishing: The east bank of Salt Run is one of the most popular fishing spots in Anastasia State Park. Trout, Redfish, and Flounder are abundant here.

  • Biking: Grab your own bike or rent one at the concession Island Beach Shop and explore the natural beauty of the state park. There are more than 4 miles of beach and several miles of park roads. So, whether you want to ride in the bike lane or along the seashore, you'll be having great fun in the sun!

  • Surfing: Ride those waves! With over four miles of beach break, there's plenty of space for visitors to surf. Bring your own board or rent one from the Island Beach Shop.

  • Swimming: Behind the Island Beach Shop and Grill, you'll find a designated beach swimming area. A lifeguard monitors the area from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Remember, whether a lifeguard is present or not, swimmers should always exercise caution.

  • Sailing: Salt Run is ideal for sailing with its calm waters and steady winds. Here, you'll also have the perfect opportunity to explore a rich ecosystem home to sea turtles, birds, manatees, dolphins, and more!

In order to rent a sailboat, you will need to have prior sailing experience. The Aqua Finn sailboats available for rent at Anastasia State Park seat up to two, making this a perfect adventure for couples!

  • Camping: If you want to spend the night under the stars, Anastasia State Park has a campground with 139 campsites that accommodate either tents or RV's. Each site comes equipped with water, electricity, a picnic table, an in-ground grill, and a fire ring. The close proximity to the city of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach make this the perfect spot to spend the night camping!
Sea Serpent Tours offers awesome airboat adventures you won't want to miss out on! They were established five years ago and offer two options for airboat tours:

  • The Sea Serpent: This airboat tour accommodates up to 6 passengers and offers a faster experience.

  • The Sea Dragon: This airboat holds up to 15 passengers.

While on either of these tours, you'll get to explore the rich ecosystems of the St. John's River and its surrounding tributaries. During the tour, you'll also receive a narration of the history of the St. John's River and hear local pirate legends. This is also the perfect opportunity to view wildlife such as turtles, alligators, snakes, herons, eagles, hawks, owls, dear, wild boar, and many more!

Sea Serpent Tours also offers other adventures, including a Pontoon Boat Sunset Safari, Hydrobike Adventure, Kayak Adventure, Paddleboard Adventure, and Bass Boat Adventure.
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Head over to Marineland Dolphin Adventure to get a truly fun and unique experience, interacting with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. General admission includes dolphin training demonstrations, daily sea turtle and shark talks, and Behind-the-Seas tours.

There are three different Dolphin Swim Programs: Dolphin Encounter, Swim Adventure, and Royal Swim. You can learn more about these programs here.

You can also enjoy other fun experiences, such as:

  • Trainer for a Day, where you can help prepare meals, feed animals, attend an animal training lecture, encounter dolphins, and more!

  • Aquarist for a Day, where you spend the day behind the scenes with the aquarists, learning all about what it takes to care for a bunch of different marine life. Assist the aquarists with feedings, cleaning aquariums, and providing enrichment to some of the more active animals.

  • Tortoise Time, where you can spend 25 minutes with the red-footed tortoises, feeding and interacting with them. Plus, you'll get to go home with a unique painting done by one of their tortoises!