Indoor Activities in St. Augustine

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When it comes to planning your dream St. Augustine vacation, you can organize your itinerary, activities, meals, and accommodations down to a T, but it’s always best to prepare for all kinds of weather. It’s a great idea to have indoor activities planned for all occasions.

So, you’ve made it to The Ancient City and it starts to rain or it’s a bit too warm in the middle of the day? Not to worry! There are plenty of things to do inside. We’ve made a list of our top indoor activities for your stay in St. Augustine!

Take a tour


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What better way to spend a rainy day than by exploring a new place and learning some facts along the way? There are several places in town that offer interactive and in-depth tours of their facilities.

  • Flagler College – On a historic tour of Flagler College, guests learn about the Spanish Renaissance architecture of what is formerly known as the Hotel Ponce de Leon, which is now a National Historic Landmark. Guests will explore the grand lobby, the dining room, and the Flagler Room. Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from inside the lobby of Flagler College.
  • Whetstone Chocolates – Learn the history and making of chocolate, as well as the history of Whetstone Chocolates, during this factory tour. This is a 4-tiered tasting includes samples of their dark, milk, and white chocolate, cocoa nibs and more. Tours take place daily and are limited to 25 people per tour, so reservations are suggested.
  • St. Augustine Distillery – During a tour of the St. Augustine Distillery, patrons learn about the history of ice and distilling in Florida as well as learn how the Distillery makes their small batch vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey. They also offer tastings of their signature spirits in the tasting room. This free tour is offered daily.
  • San Sebastian Winery – During the San Sebastian Winery tour, guides take guests through the wine-making process. The tour includes an audio-visual presentation, a guided walking tour of the 18,000 sq. ft. wine production facility, and a wine tasting experience featuring San Sebastian’s premium wines. This free tour is offered daily.


Explore a museum


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Museums are great for when you want to stay inside. Whether you’re interested in art, history, or architecture, there is a museum in St. Augustine for you.

  • Lightner Museum – What was once the Alcazar Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888 is now known as the Lightner Museum and houses one of the grandest collections of fine and decorative 19th-century art. The Lightner Museum offers self-guided tours, tours by reservation for adults and children, as well as demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.
  • Ximenez-Fatio House Museum – The Ximenez-Fatio House was originally a merchant’s home and place of business in 1798 and later became a boarding house. It has been restored to its original state and reflects Florida tourism from the 1830s-50s. Guided tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday, and group rates are available.


Visit the art galleries


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Art Galleries – St. Augustine has been serving as a hub for artists and creators for years. Between the history and the beauty, The Ancient City provides inspiration for those near and far. That’s precisely why you’ll find 28-plus galleries throughout the city. These galleries are full of the work of local and world-renowned artists and feature everything from mosaics, watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, pottery, and more. The Art Galleries of St. Augustine website features a gallery listing, gallery map, and information about First Friday Art Walk held each month.


Take in a movie


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What better way to spend time out of the weather than at a movie? The Corazon Cinema and Cafe is housed in a historic building downtown. It has 3 screens and specializes in independent and classic movies. They also host open mic nites and special events! Inside the theaters, you’ll find comfortable chairs and seating areas. Their cafe serves up fresh food from a movie-themed menu, as well as beer and wine. And if you order food, the staff serves you right at your seat in the theater! The Corazon is open Wednesday through Sunday.


Grab a cup of coffee or a sweet treat


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What better excuse is there to stay inside than getting a delicious coffee or a sweet treat? Luckily, there are some great local shops scattered throughout St. Augustine offering up some scrumptious confections.

Coffee shops include: The Kookaburra, Crucial Coffee Cafe, Dos Coffee & Wine, Relampago Coffee Lab, Dolce Cafe, Hot Shot Bakery & Cafe

Sweet treat shops include: The Hyppo, Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar, Whetstone Chocolates, Tedi’s Old Tyme Ice Cream, Peace Pie, Creme de la Cocoa, Fudge Buckets


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