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Things to Do in St Augustine, Florida

When you are visiting one of the oldest cities in America, you want to do it right. Stay at a St Augustine historic inn, and get help from a local who knows all the “inns and outs” of town! We have created a list of our favorite things to do in St. Augustine to guide you on your trip. Planning your vacation or romantic getaway doesn’t need to be stressful when we have all the resources you need. You are sure to have the vacation of a lifetime exploring ancient fortresses, touring historic landmarks, window shopping, making pleasant conversation at local galleries and participating in the best entertainment in St. Augustine. We want to be sure you don’t miss anything important by the end of your vacation.

Attractions

The Old City is filled with interesting and unique places due to its vast history as the first Spanish settlement on the continent of North America. Whether you are visiting St Augustine for a relaxing Florida beach vacation, an unforgettable honeymoon, or a romantic getaway, do not miss the opportunity to see some of the wonderful places that make the Old City so special.

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Castillo de San Marcos

The Fort, A National Monument

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The Fort is about stories, people, collections, and preservation. You can hear the cannon firing all over the city!  Get up close for the experience!

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Colonial Quarter

Historic adventure tour

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Experience the Nation’s Oldest City like never before with an Historical Adventure Tour that immerses you in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. You can also climb to the top of a 17th-century watchtower replica, dine on classic Pub fare and Spanish Tapas and more!

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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Take a sip & experience our rich history

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The Park features 15 lush, bayfront acres overlooking Matanzas Bay and St. Augustine Inlet.

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The views are simply stunning. Over 30 peacocks roam among live oak and magnolia trees. Our 3,000-square-foot Events Pavilion combines with the Park’s incredible beauty to create events for timeless memories.

Experience our 30-foot globe, our navigator’s planetarium, our blacksmith exhibit, our Timucuan Village, and much, much more!

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Old Jail

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Henry Flagler had the Jail built in 1891.

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Costumed actors tell tales of the jail and its occupants, and even book you as an inmate! Additionally, the Old Jail has a large collection of weapons and artifacts for you to inspect up close and is one of just a few prisons of its kind still standing that makes for a great day of sightseeing on a historical adventure.

It would be a crime if you didn’t stop by for a visit!

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Oldest House Museum Complex & Gardens

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Making history accessible since 1883!

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The Oldest House Museum Complex is owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society. Admission to the Oldest House Museum Complex includes a guided tour of Florida’s Oldest House, access to the Webb Museum (the oldest purpose-built museum in the state of Florida), ornamental gardens, a rotating exhibit gallery, Surf Culture Museum, the Page Edwards Gallery, and the museum store.

The Oldest House is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours run every half hour. Reservations for tours are not required.

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Oldest Store Museum Experience

From Store to Museum

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Walking amongst all these vintage wears is like being on an expedition through time.

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Watch in amazement as our friendly clerks, butcher and Snake Oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-century living. Get to know the latest and best time-saving miracles from the rockin’ 1900s!

Over thousands of objects from St. Augustine’s past are on display. A turn-of-the-century general store was recreated with original store counters, displays and merchandise, and the old warehouses were rebuilt using interiors from the original building. The museum is a vibrant step back in time for visitors that illustrates, in remarkable detail, what life was like in turn-of-the-century America.

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Potter's Wax Museum

Bring your camera

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The Museum is home to more than 160 different wax figures, including Potter’s original collection, each one an authentic life–sized recreation of the men and women they represent.

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The Museum features interactive displays and lots of opportunities for guests to take pictures of themselves with famous sports figures, entertainment icons, and characters out of history and the movies.

Open every day, except for Christmas.

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

The Zoo for You

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Come for the daily wildlife shows, conservation & research, alligator & crocodile crossing zip line, and continual upcoming events! Become a Zoo Member!

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Climb all 219 steps

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Enjoy browsing the historical artifacts in the museum.

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The museum includes the lighthouse keeper’s suite where the infamous Lighthouse keeper and family lived.

The Lighthouse rises more than 165 feet above sea level and features state-of-the-art telescopes and observation technology that was used in the early part of the 20th century.

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St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

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Relive the golden age of piracy!

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An exciting and educational museum experience transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Features over 800 authentic artifacts celebrating the history of piracy, both factual and fictional, from the 1600’s through present day.

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Villa Zorayda Museum

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Villa Zorayda is a historic Gilded Age Home Museum and one of St. Augustine, Florida’s oldest attractions.

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The building set an architectural precedent both in style and form, which helped shape the iconic architecture in St Augustine during the late 1800s.

Self-guided audio tours in English, Spanish, and French are offered daily. Learn about the Villa Zorayda’s history including the building’s importance to St. Augustine, details about its design and construction, memories from its time as a gambling casino, restaurant, and speakeasy, and information about the original art and antique collection.

Evening Candlelight Tours are offered on select nights during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration.

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Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Every room has a story

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In 1798, Don Andres Ximenez built this fine three-story coquina home for his bride, Juana Pellicer.

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Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of overnight guests sought refuge within our walls from war, sickness, hurricanes, and to start new adventures in the paradise of Florida, just to name a few.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is proud to offer a variety of specialty tours and events across an array of topics for all interests and ages.

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Arts & Entertainment

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The AMP

Premiere Outdoor Venue & World-class Entertainers

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The Amp is a state-of-the-art, internationally known performing arts venue consistently ranked among Pollstar Magazine’s Top 50 Amphitheatre Venues Worldwide. Musical icons including Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, John Legend, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and hundreds more have taken the stage.

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EMMA Concert Association

Since 1979

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The EMMA Concert Association brings a variety of classical concerts and events to St. Augustine throughout the year. From the Gainesville Orchestra to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, we offer a variety of musical selections for every age range. EMMA has always been a nonprofit all-volunteer organization with a mission to produce quality music and dance performances at modest ticket prices.

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Historic Coast Culture

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Historic Coast Culture is a one-stop source for information about all the performances, venues, exhibitions, and community events that are happening year-round.

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Lightner Museum

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Located at the heart of downtown St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum offers an immersive experience of art, architecture, history, and design.

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The museum occupies the former Hotel Alcazar, a Gilded Age resort hotel commissioned by Standard Oil executive Henry Flagler. Completed in 1888, the magnificent Spanish Renaissance Revival building was designed by the prominent architecture firm of Carrère and Hastings.

At the heart of the museum’s offerings are its compelling collections. From Gilded Age furniture and vintage typewriters to American Brilliant Era cut glass and Victorian mechanical musical instruments, the Lightner Museum’s collections are rich, eclectic, and always engaging.

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Limelight Theatre

Be part of our story

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Limelight is St. Augustine’s only year-round community theatre! Live shows on two stages include musicals, comedies, dramas, award-winning playwrights, and family-friendly productions. In addition to staging eight live shows during each season, Limelight offers year-round theater education for ages 4 to adult.

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Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center

Road to Black History Through Lincolnville

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Their mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate over 450 years of the African American story through the arts, educational programs, lectures, live performances and exhibits. St. Augustine, where emancipation began!

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St. Augustine Art Association

Art Making History - 100 Years of Art

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The St. Augustine Art Association is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence through exhibitions, art sales, educational programs, and outreach; to fostering a creative and accessible environment for artists of all backgrounds and skill levels; to guiding the advancement of art in partnership with the community; and to preserving our rich artistic heritage.

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Recreation

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Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

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Whether you’re seeking the challenge of game fishing or the more peaceful river or lake fishing, you’ll find it in St. Augustine along with everything in between.

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You can fish from piers and bridges, from skiffs and kayaks, from deep-sea charter boats, or surf fish right from the beach … the range of fishing opportunities along the northeast Florida coast attracts anglers from all over the world.

Experienced anglers consider St. Augustine to be one of the best fishing destinations in the state.

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Sabrage Catamaran Tours

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Sabrage is a 63-foot custom commercial vessel that can accommodate up to 80 guests with food and beverages. We have a full-service bar and friendly staff that specializes in event coordination. Luxury includes two onboard restrooms.

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St. Augustine Sailing

Chart a New Course

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Sail with our licensed Captains, rent a sailboat, or learn to sail with our ASA Instructors. Toss your cares to the wind and experience the beauty of sailing our local waters! Enjoy nature views and dolphin sightings, where fun and adventure await!

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Relaxation

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Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa

Extended Hours - 7 Days per week

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Our philosophy is simple. Consistently deliver the highest quality professional massage and facial services at affordable prices seven days a week.

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Guests entering Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa will be enveloped in soothing aromas and sounds while leaving behind the stress of deadlines of hectic schedules. Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers deluxe experiences perfect for both the spa beginner and seasoned veteran seven days a week with convenient hours.

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas feature several treatment rooms, including private sanctuaries reserved for couples.

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Salt Spa

Relax, Recover, Recharge

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Enjoy the restorative powers of our Salt Cave, Infrared Sauna, Float Tank, and Massage Therapy. We have so much to share with you!

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Shopping

One of the best things to do while visiting St Augustine is to enjoy all of the great shopping.

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The Ancient Olive Gourmet

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The World’s finest extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and so much more!

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Enjoy an ultra-clean, highly affordable gourmet food experience, which allows you to TASTE EVERYTHING we offer before purchasing. Sample an amazing array of unique gourmet foods such as olives from around the globe, French mustards, specialty pastas and sauces, gourmet condiments and spices, hard-to-find cocktail mixers, artisan crackers, honey, nuts, jams and chutneys, and specialty cheeses. Create beautiful gourmet gift baskets and boxes for your friends at home.

We are experts at shipping your treasures to your home, too!

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The Gifted Cork & Gourmet

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Explore unique wines, cheeses, and treasures from around the world!

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Our helpful staff will be happy to make suggestions for a tasty pairing with food or recommend gifts for that special someone. We take pride in customer service and are here for you. If we are missing something, please let us know and we will do our best to order it for you.

We are dedicated to selling wine and gifts that stretch the imagination and please the palate.

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InnStyle - Wholesale

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InnStyle sells high-quality products including fine linens sheets, bedding, towels, mattresses, amenities, cleaning products, and patio and pool furniture. Live like you do in the best Bed & Breakfast Inn!

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St. Augustine Soap

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St Augustine Soap is a local small business that makes handmade luxury soap! Using only the best ingredients, you are going to LOVE the way your skin feels using our soap!

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Our soap was developed with the help of a licensed master aesthetician! All of our soaps have goat milk, shea butter, & mango butter so they’re very moisturizing! We also put kaolin clay in our soaps, which is a detoxifier (high-end spas will put them in the facial masks). Then we add different essential oils that smell amazing and are supposed to offer several health benefits!

AND, our soaps our stamped with our name, so it is a perfect souvenir or gift!

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Two Sparrows

Threads of Grace

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Two Sparrows is a faith-based boutique that believes every customer is connected through and by each other because of our experiences. You will definitely know from the first time stepping into this unique environment that something is different. To be inspired to find your own personal style, being motivated to raise awareness that we are all created for a purpose.

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