Things to do in St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a family

St. Augustine Attractions

The coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida, is overflowing with old-world ambiance and amazing amount of pure romantic charm. If you are seeking a casually elegant destination in a sub-tropical location, this gleaming jewel-by-the-sea features numerous arts-and-crafts festivals, picturesque bed-and-breakfast establishments, art galleries and year-round community events such as pub crawls, nightly walking tours, and art walks. Known as the Ancient City, St. Augustine has some of the oldest buildings in the U.S. - including the oldest house in the state of Florida.

Things to do in St Augustine include visiting Anastasia State Park and renting kayaks, attending the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, if you happen to be fortunate enough to be visiting during the month of April, and enjoying Concerts in the Plaza every Thursday evening in the summer. If you are a clam chowder lover, the Great Chowder Debate happening annually in November is one of the St Augustine activities you will not want to miss.

The Fort Mose Historic State Park is another of the must see attractions in St Augustine. This is one of the most historically significant spots in FL because it is the site of the first settlement of free black people in the U.S. A trip to the Fort Matanzas National Monument is also among the St Augustine excursions history buffs can't go without seeing at least once. Built in the 1740s, this watchtower was built by the Spanish to guard the entrance to the area from those who might come by sea.

St Augustine is one of the best places in the country to simply wander the streets and soak up the unique ambiance. It's not unusual to accidentally wander into local places that are off the beaten tourist track and immediately feel as if St. Augustine is your own home town. Although there is an abundance of scheduled St Augustine tours, guests of the city can pick up a map at the local visitors' center and create their own personalized walking tours. From the historic Old City district to a walk along a breezy sunlit beach, you will find much to explore here.

Contacting our offices here at Expedia in advance of your stay is the best way to ensure you have a top experience during your visit to this charming city by the sea. We can make sure you don't miss any of the attractions in St Augustine, and that you take sparkling memories with you when you leave.

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St. Augustine must see attractions

1. St. Augustine Beach

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at St. Augustine Beach during your travels in St. Augustine? Experience the area's fascinating museums and great live music.
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Why not spend a carefree afternoon at St. Augustine Beach during your travels in St. Augustine? Experience the area's fascinating museums and great live music.

2. St. George Street

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home at St. George Street during your visit to St. Augustine. You can enjoy the coffeehouses while in the area.
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You can find the perfect gifts to bring home at St. George Street during your visit to St. Augustine. You can enjoy the coffeehouses while in the area.

3. Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos is a vast stone fortress that has protected the town of St. Augustine since the 17th century. Stroll around the castle grounds and admire the sheer size of the building. Scan the walls for marks left by cannonballs and take a tour to learn about the many different forces that have occupied this fort over the ages. Enjoy stunning views over the river and watch a demonstration of ancient cannons being fired.
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Explore one of the the oldest standing masonry forts in North America and watch cannons being fired from the ramparts.

4. World Golf Village

Enjoy a round of golf in St. Augustine at World Golf Village. Amble around this quaint area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.
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Enjoy a round of golf in St. Augustine at World Golf Village. Amble around this quaint area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

5. Flagler College

Explore the campus of Flagler College, during your trip to St. Augustine. Discover the area's fascinating museums, or seek out its local tours.
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Explore the campus of Flagler College, during your trip to St. Augustine. Discover the area's fascinating museums, or seek out its local tours.

6. Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park is an area of great natural beauty near St. Augustine on the Anastasia Island coast. Look out for colorful tropical birds or paddle out from the beach in a kayak and spot dolphins in the water. Take a walk along the nature trail and pass by a tidal salt marsh and maritime hammock on the dunes. Stay at the well-equipped campsite and spend a night beneath the stars.
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Camp in the forest and relax on spectacular beaches when you visit one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks.

7. Bridge of Lions

Learn about the local history of St. Augustine when you take a trip to Bridge of Lions. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its fascinating museums.
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Learn about the local history of St. Augustine when you take a trip to Bridge of Lions. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its fascinating museums.

8. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Discover a world of fascinating reptiles at St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Walk through the Land of Crocodiles and encounter every type of crocodile species in the world. Watch alligators eating their lunch and have a go at feeding them yourself. Learn about Florida’s native reptiles and don’t miss the colorful Birds of Africa exhibit, where large storks and cranes stride among the grasses.
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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. 

What to do in St. Augustine

Free Things to Do in St. Augustine

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in St. Augustine. The following won't cost a thing.

ACCORD Civil Rights Museum - See if there are any special displays or guided tours on at this popular museum.

Walker Charters - Make your way here for an invigorating dip and let your inner water baby splash free.

Flagler College - Fans of architecture will certainly enjoy admiring the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Old City Gates - Swing by this historic attraction and learn a little about the region's cultural heritage.

Plaza de la Constitution - Hang out for a while in this buzzing destination and experience life as a local resident.

Flagler Hospital - Set aside some time to explore this site of local importance.

Grace United Methodist Church - Incorporate some spirituality into your trip by paying a visit to this sacred site.

Vilano Beach - Throw a ball around with the young ones or simply sit back and enjoy the sun at this coastal spot.

Davenport Park - Nurture your green thumb and enjoy admiring the various plants on display.

Things to Do in St. Augustine with Kids

There's fun for all the family in St. Augustine. Here are some family friendly experiences to try together that will make your escape memorable:


 

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