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HerbertNov 18, 2019
Needed more time
America's “Ancient City” is famous for its historic streets and colonial-era monuments as well as its beaches, wildlife and water sports.
St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement on the U.S. mainland, hence its nickname the “Ancient City.” It was founded by the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, all the way back in 1565 and has been plundered and conquered several times. Visit the sunny Florida city to discover influences from the Spanish, English, Greeks, Africans and Native Americans.
Find traces of nearly five centuries worth of history in St. George Street alone. Admire the Spanish-style buildings, the Oldest Store museum and horse-drawn carts traveling along cobblestone streets. Visit the 1740s-themed Colonial Spanish Quarter, a living museum. Stop for a break in one of the old taverns; some have dining by candlelight only. St. Augustine’s many 19th-century buildings still display the splendor of the “Gilded Age.”
Don’t miss the chance to visit Castillo de San Marcos: The oldest standing European fort in continental America. Book a scenic cruise from the Municipal Marina to see the fort from the water and get pictures of the old lighthouse. While you’re at Castillo de San Marcos, take the kids to the Pirate and Treasure Museum to see artifacts such as treasure chests, maps and flags.
St. Augustine has barrier islands accessible via two bridges: Francis and Mary Usina Bridge in the north, and the Bridge of Lions in the south.
Head south to Anastasia Island to enjoy the white sand of St. Augustine Beach. Stop by St. John’s County Pier when you visit Anastasia State Park with its bird sanctuary, beaches, nature trails, picnic areas and camping grounds. The quieter northern barrier island has Vilano Beach. Come here for beachfront restaurants and fishing excursions.
In St. Augustine most attractions are within walking distance of the city center. Join a narrated hop-on, hop-off trolley tour for a faster, and affordable, way to see more of the city and learn the history. It’s best to rent a car if you plan to visit the barrier islands.
St. Augustine Historic District is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine or St. George Street.
If you're spending some time in Downtown Historic District, Lightner Museum and Castillo de San Marcos are top sights worth seeing.
Vilano Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights in the area like Vilano Beach and Usina Beach.
Travelers come to Crescent Beach for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like St. Augustine Beach and Fort Matanzas National Monument while you're in town.
Travelers come to Old Town for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like St. George Street and Aviles Street while you're in town.
Butler Beach is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to St. Augustine Beach or Butler Beach State Park.
Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019
Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019
Explore one of the the oldest standing masonry forts in North America and watch cannons being fired from the ramparts.
Hit the links in St. Augustine at World Golf Village, a popular golf course. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event in this quaint area.
Walk around the campus of Flagler College, a top university in St. Augustine. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.
Feed and pet an alligator, hold a snake and meet a range of colorful and unusual reptiles and birds at one of Florida’s longest-running attractions.
Camp in the forest and relax on spectacular beaches when you visit one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks.
Lightner Museum is a popular museum in St. Augustine with a rich history. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.
Your expert trolley conductor navigates the streets as you admire the Ancient City, St. Augustine, in all its glory. See everything from historical attractions such as the site where Ponce de Leon first landed, to unique attractions as the Alligator Farm.
Explore the darker side of the nation’s oldest city, St Augustine. Hop on the Trolley of the Doomed to explore landmarks of the supernatural and hear tales of murder, ghostly apparitions, and hauntings. Keep watch as you enter the Old City Gates for ghost-child Elizabeth, a yellow fever victim.
Experience the best of St. Augustine as you ride on the iconic Old Town Trolley to sights such as the Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum, and the History Museum. Use your 1-day pass to hop on and off as you please along the trolley route at 23 stops to explore over 100 points of interest.
Let your worries sink away as you cruise in a modern inshore flats boat across the shimmering waters of St. Augustine. While away the day with a knowledgeable captain, as well as all the necessary equipment and bait, as you explore the flats in search of the perfect catch.
Visit the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum to relive the greatest moments of the sport. Detailed exhibits tell the history of golf and the 160 members of the Hall of Fame. Try your hand at the 132-yard green of the Challenge Hole, a repleca of hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass.
Visit: St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, 12 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3650 The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.
Verified travelerNov 14, 2019
We love St Augustine and often camp at Anastasia SP and visit many other areas in St Augustine. We also enjoy cycling in the area.