Offbeat Things to Do in St. Augustine

St. Augustine’s long list of attractions and endless things to do is part of its charm; from rotating free art exhibits to hosting numerous festivals each year, repeat visitors and longtime locals can always look forward to trying new things.

A day out and about might mean exploring a new restaurant on St. Augustine Beach, visiting the City’s kid-friendly museums, or spending the day celebrating a holiday like the 4th of July! While those traditional activities provide endless opportunities for fun, these offbeat things to do are just as suited to keep the good times going!

Explore St. Augustine’s Offbeat History

Old St. Augustine History Museum

The entrance to the Old St. Augustine History Museum, located inside of Gator Bob’s Gift Shop.

Location: Old St. Augustine History Museum

Despite hundreds of people driving and walking by each day, this offbeat thing to do is often overlooked. While many travelers and locals are unaware of its existence, visitors of it’s neighboring attraction often stumble upon it after a tour at the Old Jail in search of souvenirs.

Tucked in the back corner of Gator Bob’s is a St. Augustine gem: the Old St. Augustine History Museum. Although you will surely find replicas of 1600 Spanish ships and cannons, many of the items on display are from St. Augustine’s modern history! From an 1850-century replica of a Conestoga wagon to a vintage Ford truck to a mayonnaise hand mixer from 1890, the museum is sure to give you nostalgia feels since visitors may have used a few of these items themselves.

TNT Old Time Photo

Location: TNT Old Time Photo

Nothing will memorialize your vacation or staycation in St. Augustine like a photo shoot at TNT Old Time Photo. Opening in February of 2018, TNT is meeting the local demand for offbeat family photo shoots. Dress up in your slops and trousers, grab your props, and say cheese! With over one hundred costumes varying from saloon girls and gunslinging cowboys to a charming southern couple to gangsters, flappers, and jailbirds! This is just the oddball activity to celebrate your bachelorette party, anniversary, vacation or just another day in the Nation’s Oldest City.

Ziplining Adventures


Ziplining at the Alligator Farm.

Location: Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Location: ZIPStream’s Castaway Canopy Zip Line Adventure

Ziplining at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park is a fan favorite of locals and travelers alike. Swing through giant oak trees, side by side exotic birds, and only a few feet over live alligators and crocodiles for a truly exhilarating adventure. Of course, the Alligator Farm makes every effort to ensure a safe and exciting journey over the park. While some daredevils choose to fly over live predators, others may find ziplining exciting enough! In that case, skip the Alligator Farm and zip through the canopies at ZIPStream’s Castaway.

Wolf’s Museum of Mystery

Walking along Charlotte Street you might have noticed a two-story greenhouse with a painting of infamous Lizzie Borden hanging from the front porch. This residential home is also Wolf’s Museum of Mystery; an oddball museum with a unique array of galleries such as the Mermaid Lair, the Shotgunned Sasquatch Exhibit, and a Fortune Telling Nook. If you’ve visited Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and have thoroughly enjoyed the bizarre oddities, this is just the offbeat adventure for you.

More Offbeat Things to Do

For more offbeat things to do in the City, browse through this calendar of events.

Tiny House and Music Festival

Date and time: November 16, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. November 17, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. November 18, from 9:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Location: St. Johns County Fair Grounds

About: This festival features more than 120 micro homes, a “Schoolyard” of home-converted busses, a “Bohemian Village” of gypsy wagons and yurts, private-owned tiny houses in the “Tiny House Town”, along with tiny homes for sale in “Tool City”. Tour the tiny homes, enjoy vendors, activities, and live music!

Music Happenings

Dates, times, and locations vary.

About: Music happenings can be found around every corner in St. Augustine. From live music in bars to free concerts to performances at the Amphitheatre, during your vacation or staycation you’re sure to find a variety of music including gypsy Americana, Jazz, Brass, Flamenco, Salsa, swing, drum circles and more!

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