Attractions


St. Augustine Florida , founded in 1565, is the oldest permanently settled city in the United States . You can see St. Augustine Florida history reflected in the Spanish, Colonial, Victorian and Flagler-era buildings that stand as grand tributes to past explorers and entrepreneurs’ feats and failures.

St. Augustine , Ponte Vedra & the Beaches’ 42 miles of sun-drenched Atlantic coastline, which once beckoned traders and treasure hunters to its unspoiled shores, now welcomes adventurers of a different sort. Sunbathers, shell-seekers and nature lovers find beauty and solace of St. Augustine Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach .

An ideal location for Florida family vacations, St. Augustine offers a variety of places to stay. Whether you choose to stay in a historic St. Augustine bed and breakfast, in any of the St. Augustine hotels, or stay longer in a St. Augustine vacation rental; you are only blocks away from the St. Augustine attractions.

For those looking to get in the swing of things, St. Augustine golf is world renown. Our area offers world-class golf and is home to the World Golf Village , PGA Tour, TPC Sawgrass, ATP Tour International Headquarters and the World Golf Hall of Fame. Local courses have been designed by such greats as Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Indulge your hunting and gathering instincts searching for Florida antiques at more than 50 antique stores and malls throughout the St. Augustine area. Specialty shops, quaint boutiques and local galleries round out the numerous shopping opportunities. Various cultures have left their mark on St. Augustine restaurants. Spanish cuisine, Minorcan specialties, English pub fare and fresh local seafood are just a few of the sundry dishes that are sure to please your palate. Finish off your day with one of the spooky St. Augustine ghost tours that haunt the historic district.

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches is an ideal vacation destination for families. St. Augustine Florida history comes alive with monuments such as the Castillo de San Marcos, unique attractions and exciting reenactments. Come experience the Old World charm of the oldest city in the United States.

Tours

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS – Take a tour of the Nation’s Oldest City in open-air trolleys. Tickets include stops at major attractions during the seven and half mile trip. Hop off and on the trolleys to sightsee, shop or dine as much as you like along the route. Free parking is available at 167 San Marco Avenue, where tours begin at 8:30 a.m. every day. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Rates: adults, $25; children 6-12 years old, $10. Free hotel shuttle available with ticket purchase.  Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

GHOST AND GRAVESTONES – Step aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City with the ghost hosts ; experience the historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. Visit the grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and hear about the lighthouse keeper. Your Frightseeing adventure also includes a visit to the town’s most haunted building; The Old Jail, for an up close and personal encounter. Reservations required. Adults $26 , Children ages 6-12 ,$14. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

A NIGHT AT THE OLD JAIL – Participate in a paranormal investigation of St.Augustine’s most haunted building. Led by acclaimed investigators, you’ll use state of the art detection equipment. This three hour Ghost Hunting Experience is available every Friday and Saturday night. Reservations required. Adults, $80, Children ages 6-12 $35. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

Tour-1ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE – Relax and enjoy a 1 hour and 15 minute sightseeing cruise aboard the Victory III. Partially narrated tours provide a unique view of St. Augustine historic landmarks and natural points of interest. Departs daily from the Municipal Marina in downtown St. Augustine. Regularly scheduled cruises depart at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. with extended cruise times during the spring and summer. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

BLACK RAVEN – A pirate cruise for all ages. Entertaining, educational, and unforgettable! Daytime and nighttime cruises offer sing alongs, music , and games. Call 1-877-578-5050 for rates and reservations.

Museums

THE OLD JAIL – St. Augustine’s Old Jail was built in 1891 and housed prisoners for over 60 years. Your guided tour is your chance to see how a jail in the south was run in 1908. You will be processed as an inmate by one of the friendly deputies or Trustee Inmates. This 1908 first person tour includes a close-up view of the men’s and women’s cells, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. See where the sheriff and his wife and children lived right upstairs from the prisoners and used their own kitchen to prepare meals for the inmates. The Old Jail deputies will entertain you with tales of justice and punishment when Florida was America’s southernmost frontier. You might even meet America’s most feared sheriff, Joe Perry. It’s a fun and historic outing for adults and children. Adults $9 , Children ages 6-12 , $5. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

history-1ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORY MUSEUM – Located at 167 San Marco Ave., next to the Old Jail, This engaging museum explores 450 years of St. Augustine History by taking you on walk though time starting with a Timucuan Indian village where you will see a canoe that is over 1,000 years old. Explore the Spanish Period when treasure fleets frequented St. Augustine’s port and touch a real Spanish Silver Bar that was salvaged from the ocean floor. End your journey in the gilded age of Henry Flagler exhibit and see unpublished photographs and artifacts. Model trains replicate Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; admission: Adults $6, Children ages 6-12 , $5; free parking. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

POTTER’S WAX MUSEUM – Go back in time and “meet” more than 150 famous people from the past and the present, everyone from explorers of the New World to Hollywood movie stars. Located at 17 King St., hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 15 through Labor Day; after Labor Day through the spring: 10:00a.m.-5 p.m Sun to Thurs, 10:00 pm to 8:00 pm Fri and Sat. Admission: adults, $8.99,children 6-12 years old, $5.99.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! – Known as the “modern Marco Polo,” Robert L. Ripley traveled to more than 198 countries to gather 750 exhibits displayed at the museum. Open daily: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept thru May and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Prices are: adults, $15.89

ST.AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM – Visitors get the chance to see St. Augustine from a bird’s point of view. Climb the 219 steps to the lantern room and the gallery walk of the lighthouse to see the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and St. Augustine. The museum is in the restored two-story light keeper’s house, which also has exhibits and a video theatre telling the stories of the light keepers. Admission to the museum and tower: adults, $9, children 7-11 years old, $7; senior citizens 55 years old and older, 75.50. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended summer and holiday hours. For their safety, children must be 7 years old and 4 feet tall to climb the tower. Free museum admission and activities are offered to children under 7 and an accompanying adult.

LIGHTNER MUSEUM – Housed in the former Alcazar Hotel which was constructed in 1888, the museum is part of Henry Flagler’s legacy of Florida hotels. Included in the museum’s collection are Victorian period memorabilia, stained-glass art by Louis Tiffany, paintings, sculpture, toys, porcelain, and furniture. Located at 75 King St., in the City Hall building, admission for adults is $10; students 12-18 years old, $5; children under 12 free when accompanied by adult. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

ST.AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM – Situated two miles south of the Bridge of Lions on A1A, the reptile and wildlife preserve was established in 1893. See monkeys, deer, exotic birds, giant tortoises, and the Gomek Forever exhibit in which the famous giant crocodile is now beautifully taxidermied and respectfully displayed. Also included in a day’s activities are alligator and reptile shows and a nature trail. The farm is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission: adults, $21.95; children, 3-11 years old, $10.95; senior citizens 10% off , AAA, military discounts. Tickets available for purchase at the front desk.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH – Drink from the spring, relive the days of the conquistadors and discover many colorful facts about Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida in 1513. At The Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park in St. Augustine you’ll be walking the grounds of the actual site where Spanish explorers first came ashore in the United States. See Ponce de Leon’s famous spring of eternal hope and feel free to sample the water. Learn about the First Christian Indian burials and see Timucuan Indian hut foundations and relics and much more. Knowledgeable guides offer a history of the discovery and the life of Ponce de Leon. View the Explorers Discovery Globe Show, an 8-minute program that highlights the routes traveled by Columbus and Ponce de Leon. Visit the Navigator’s Planetarium to see how the explorers used celestial bodies to help them navigate to the New World. Enjoy the many sites that this historic park has to offer. It’s an educational, entertaining time for adults and kids of all ages. Adults $8 ,Children ages 6-12 $5.

OLDEST HOUSE – A place for history enthusiasts, curious souls and those who enjoy marvelous architecture, The Oldest House Museum Complex offers many things for many people. Owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the complex includes Florida’s Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store. Adults $8, Children 6-12 $4.

OLDEST WOODEN SCHOOLHOUSE – Located near the City Gates, The Old School House is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails.
The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, above the small classroom. Their kitchen was separated from the main building, because of the threat of fire and to spare the house of any excess heat during the long summers. Several of the cooking utensils used in those days are displayed here for the visitor. In the schoolhouse, related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from are exhibited. Adults $ 3, children $2 .