Normally when you visit St. Augustine we’ll have lovely, warm sunny days for you, but every once in a while Mother Nature has other plans and gives you either a cold snap or a rainy day that really is not conducive to scooter rides, bicycling or riding that Segway through the city. We’ve made a list here of the top 10 indoor fun options for your relaxing vacation in St. Augustine
If you are staying at one of our wonderful warm and comfy Bed & Breakfast Inns, it may be hard for you to leave the cozy environment that the Innkeepers have put together for you. If it’s just you and the one you love, well… you may be staying in, but if you really want to venture out, check this list and then check with the Innkeeper for discount coupons. They usually have quite a few. What? You’re not sure where to stay? Check out the availabilities for at least 24 of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns right here.
St. Augustine has so much to offer on a beautiful warm day, but there is also just as much for you to see and do when it’s just a bit chilly or rainy. There are many things to do in this wonderful city and we’ve put this list together in no particular order. Here’s our Top 10 List of Indoor Activities in St. Augustine. You can walk or take the trolleys or trains to get around town to most of these activities. Some you will need to drive to.
Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory – If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the tour for you. The Chocolate Factory Tour is lead by one of Whetstone’s Chocolatiers. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Willie Wonka’s world as you are introduced to the history and making of chocolate and the Whetstone story. And you get to taste the chocolates, too!
Tour Flagler College – Journey back to the late 1800s when Henry Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon. The Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day. You’ll see the beautiful Tiffany Stained glass and Austrian crystal chandeliers and learn what it was like for the elite rich of America to stay at one of Henry Flagler’s exclusive resorts.
Historic Museums :
Lightner Museum – Another great place for some indoor fun is here at the Lightner. You find cut glass, Victorian art glass, costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments from the Gilded Age. Located in what was once the Alcazar Hotel built by Henry Flagler.
Oldest House Museum – includes Florida’s Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store.
St. Augustine Pirate Museum – A fun time for the entire family. You’ll be transported back in time 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. Do your own scavenger hunt as you tour the pirate artifacts of days gone by. When you finish your prize will be just around the corner for some ice cream or other yummy treats. This is on the trolley/train stops.
St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum – Discover the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port at North East Florida’s premiere maritime museum. From the historic preservation of their 1874 lighthouse tower to new discoveries in shipwreck archaeology, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is a fun, educational experience the whole family will enjoy!
St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine –Located at 41 St. George street, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. The Shrine includes the St. Photios Chapel which features Byzantine decorations, and a museum with exhibits about the life of early Greek settlers and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.
Ximenez-Fatio House – is a historic property used as a boarding house in the Florida Territory period. The museum is located at 20 Aviles St. The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is one of St. Augustine’s oldest historic properties. The museum complex is located on Aviles Street, the oldest planned street in the country.
Spanish Military Hospital – is located at 3 Aviles Street. The museum covers the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) medical practices.
Government House – First Colony Exhibit – A day of discovery awaits you as you find out why the Spanish settlers traveled to Florida by ship. Take a closer look at the daily lives of the Spanish settlers and see actual artifacts from the first colony. Discover how archaeologists have revealed the first colony’s story.
San Sebastian Winery – Complimentary tours and wine tastings are available seven days a week. On the trolley and train routes, this is only winery in St. Augustine.
St Augustine Distillery – The first functioning distillery in St. Augustine since prohibition. The distiller is located in the Historic FP&L Ice Plant building. Built as part of St. Augustine’s first power and ice complex in 1907. Tours and tastings are offered daily. A great way to pass the time on a dreary or chilly day. Check their website for special cocktail classes as well.
Corazon Cinema & Café – This renovated historic theater serves lunch daily beginning at 11am and also during the shows. Two films are showing nightly Monday through Saturday night, starting at 7:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday for matinees. Check their website for what’s showing each month.
Limelight Community Theater – Celebrating over 20 years in the community, the Limelight Theatre has produced well over one hundred different shows in its history, from classics to new works, tragedies to musical comedies. Check the website for the lastest offerings.
Epic Theatres of St. Augustine – 112 Theatre Drive – Shows all of the latest movies available. Pizza is available next door @ De Leon Pizza as well.
Outlet Mall Shopping – Not too far away from the old town area on St. Rd 16 we have two outlet malls for you shopaholics! Check out St Augustine Outlets and St. Augustine Premium Outlets located on either side of I-95 and St Rd 16.
These are our favorites for having a fun time while staying dry or warm or both. We hope that you have a wonderful time while you visit St. Augustine no matter what the weather may hold in store.