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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Exploring St. Augustine, Florida: Top Things to Do


St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the United States, is located on the northeast coast of Florida. This oceanside community is rich with history and offers so many things to do and see.

St Augustine is usually included on our Florida road trip 
itineraries. We have spent many days overs several years exploring this beautiful city. I am not much on history, but this place seems to have a draw on me. I am sharing some places we thought were interesting below.

Lightner Museum

Three floors of antiques and memorabilia housed in the former Alcazar Hotel.



9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  7 Days a week (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)



Adult: $17.00

Senior (65+): $14.00

College Student: $14.00

Youth (12-17):  $10.00

Child (11 and under): Free



75 King Street

Saint Augustine, FL

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The Castillo de San Marcos, located on the shore of Matanzas Bay, is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. With walls 33 feet high and 12 feet thick, it is one of only two forts in the world built out of coquina.



 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    7 days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day)



Adults (Age 16 and above) $15.00 - valid for 7 consecutive days.

Children (age 15 and under) free

Tours available



1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Tour the 145 years old lighthouse tower, see shipwreck artifacts, and learn about the shipyard’s involvement in WWII.


9am – 7pm Daily


 Adults            $14.95

Seniors (60 & over)         $12.95

Children (Age 12 or under and 44″ or taller)         $12.95

Tours:   $17.50 - $30.00 three different tour packages



100 Red Cox Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080-5443

      St. George Street

Unique shops will call you to visit as you walk down this cobblestone street. Be sure and grab some sweet treats and food from local restaurants along the way.

We parked on A1A along the water near the Bridge of Lions and walked.

The St Augustine Old Town Trolley is also in that area if you don’t want to walk the few extra blocks.

  Bridge of Lions

The Bridge of Lions is a draw bridge connecting St Augustine to Anastasia Island. There are pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Take a walk on the bridge at sunset for an amazing view.

Flagler College

An amazing building built by Henry Flagler in 1888.


Tours are available or you can walk around the courtyard and into the entrance area without a ticket.



74 King Street

St. Augustine, FL 32084

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Dating back to at least 1868, the Fountain of Youth is the oldest attraction in Florida. The spring water has 30 minerals which is said the help with youthfulness. Check out the Timucua burials, watchtower, blacksmith exhibit, and much more while you are there.


9am – 6pm Daily



Adults  $18.00

Seniors 60+     17.00

Children 6-12   $10.00

Children 5 and Under    FREE



11 Magnolia Avenue

St. Augustine, FL

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Get up close to sea life and learn about them. We had planned on visiting , but they were closed when we arrived.


9:00am. - 4:30pm. daily



Adult (12 – 54): $14.99 + tax

Child (5 – 11): $7.99 + tax

Senior (55+): $13.99 + tax

Young Child (4 and under): FREE


Dolphin interaction packages are available.


9600 Oceanshore Blvd

St. Augustine, FL 32080

Magnolia Avenue

Magnolia Avenue is lined with oak trees creating a canopy over the street.  Spanish moss draping from the branches is the touch that makes the scene perfect. One of the most photographed spots in St. Augustine.



Runs in front of the fountain of Youth.

Whetstone Chocolates

Tour the small factory and enjoy some of the best chocolates anywhere. Be sure and purchase some chocolates from the store before you leave. They are the best!


Tour Times:

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am, 11:15am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm 3:30pm

Friday - Sunday: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:15am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm


Tour price:

Adults $8.00

Children 5-17 years old $5.50

Children under 5 Free Entry



149 King Street, St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine’s Beaches

Anastasia State Park

300 Anastasia Park Road


Crescent Beach

6930 A1A South

Oceanfront Hotel Vilano Beach

The Oceanfront Hotel has some of the best rates in St Augustine. The beach is just a walk across the road. Get up early and take a sunrise stroll down the beach and pick up a few shells. 

The Old Jail

The jail was built in 1891 to look like a hotel so as not to be an eyesore to the town. A fun place for the family.


Adults       $14.90  

Children (4-12)       $8.51    

      Children under 4 free



9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily



167 San Marco Ave

St. Augustine, FL 32084

Old Town Trolley Tours

Located with the Old Jail, Old Town Trolley Tours has several options for available at different price points.


With so much to do and see, I am sure you will fall in love with this charming historic town like I have. 

Happy & Safe Travels!


1 comment:

  1. St. Augustine is one of my favorite places in Florida, but I haven't been in so long! Some of these places are new to me and I can't wait to check them out when I am there next!