A Vacation in St Augustine FL
When you vacation in St Augustine FL, you’ll find that each day leads opportunities to learn and for adventure. Whether you’re spending the night in Historic Downtown, exploring wildlife through a series of free GTM lectures and guided-walks, or attending city events such as the First Friday Art Walk and Uptown Saturday Night. The Old City has a plethora of things to do, leaving travelers feeling immersed in culturally-rich experiences and intellectually stimulated during a vacation in St Augustine FL.
However, with more than 60 attractions in the area and over four centuries of history to explore, planning a vacation in St Augustine FL can be overwhelming. Here is a break down of opportunities for travelers and locals actively seeking adventure.
Things to Do
Attractions and Sightseeing
Attractions in St. Augustine are diverse enough to satisfy entire families, friend groups, and couples!
As the Nation’s Oldest City, it’s no wonder that St. Augustine is home to so many interesting and unique sites. Whether it’s a trip with the kids to learn about how pirates lived in St. Augustine at the Pirate Museum, a hike up 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, or visiting the site of the first 1565 Menendez settlement, one thing is for sure, you’ll want to bring along your camera to document these adventures!
One of the most popular things to do in the Old City is to sightsee on a tour because you’re able to squeeze centuries of history into one day! However, St. Augustine’s tours are quite different from the usual tourist-trap activities vacationers often opt out of. For example, have you ever taken a Horse & Carriage Ride with wine? Or a Paranormal Investigation Tour using ghost hunting equipment? Then this is where you want to do it!
History, Music, and Art
Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived off the coast of Florida on September 8, 1565, and the rest is history – literally. For over four centuries, since Menendez founded the Historic Coast, the city of St. Augustine has been busy creating history.
If you’re looking for history-themed outings, you don’t have look further than exploring the standing artifacts scattered throughout the city. There is so much to learn about the Castillo de San Marcos, Lightner Museum, Flagler College and historical buildings alike, it’ll keep you entertained for days.
Music and Art
Modern and classical musicians and art galleries are constantly circulating through St. Augustine’s and offer ample opportunity for an authentic cultural experience. At any given time, there are several art exhibits on display that are free to the public. On occasion, you’ll find high profile exhibits, like the Downton Abby Exhibit, stationed here as well!
Furthermore, the Old City is often frequented by popular musicians. In recent years, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, and the Beach Boys have visited the St. Augustine Amphitheater. But, you don’t have to drive to Anastasia Island for music happenings – live music can be heard throughout many of the streets of the Historic District. Upon entering the bars and restaurants you’ll find pianists, drummers, and a variety of local musicians and bands.
Shopping and Recreational Fun
St. Augustine is home to a unique lineup of designers that sell their creations and art in the boutiques lining the Historic District. From original artisan woodworks to custom-made jewelry, there is no comparison to the gems you’ll find in the corner shops and galleries of downtown. Additionally, the Old City has a broad list of antique shops where you can find anything from vintage washing machines to leather jackets from the 1920’s! While shopping in the Old City, you’ll also find it has its fair share of high-end designer brands at the St. Augustine Outlets.
Sports and Recreational Fun
Although the Old City is most acclaimed for its historical roots and architectural works, it is also a great sporting city! While some locals and residents use sports for social benefits, others find the competitive atmosphere thrilling. There are no major leagues occupying the city, but, it is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and sporting adventures are in almost every corner of the city. Whether you enjoy throwing a line at sea, competitive shooting at a gun range, riding through trails and forest, or watersports parasailing, St. Augustine has recreational fun and sports for athletes of all ages and abilities!
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