Travelers who visit St. Augustine, Florida can experience the charm of an old city, loaded with early stages of America’s history. This port town was once a European settlement, with remnants of a bygone era. If you’re looking for something to do St. Augustine, you may find inspiration in these seven popular activities.
St. Augustine is one of the oldest cities in the United States, so history buffs will definitely get a kick out of this place. The Historic District is lined with cobblestone streets near downtown St. Augustine. You’ll find a handful of welcoming cafés to get a quick bite and cool bars for a libation or two. Shops are also tucked in some historic buildings to grab keepsakes for when you return home.
Sightseeing attractions include lots of fun places and museums all over St. Augustine. First timers should check out Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. At these attractions, you’ll learn more about St. Augustine’s history and how this town paved the way for settlers making their mark in the United States.
St. Augustine Beach
St. Augustine Beach is made up of 43 beautiful miles of sandy shoreline along Florida’s coast. Some parts of the beach allow vehicles with permits, while others are only for pedestrians. Oceanfront rentals in St. Augustine allow you to take in the beach beauty from your window with only a few steps to reach the sand.
Learn more about the city by taking a tour! Uncover stories about the American Revolution, the Civil War, and pirate days through history tours. If you’re trying to cover a lot of ground, segway tours and trolley tours are a great option. If you like to get spooked, give a ghost tour a shot. Or if you prefer a more laid-back type of tour, you can try to catch a dolphin sighting on a sunset cruise.
If you want to explore the land or water on your own, there are rentals that let you use equipment temporarily. This includes boats, kayaks and bikes to get around without a tour guide. The mild North Florida weather makes for some awesome outdoor recreation. Other popular activities are parasailing, surfing, boating and swimming.
When the sun goes down, the local nightlife kicks in. Pick a set of bars to go on your own bar crawl. Some of our favorites include Prohibition Kitchen, Hornski’s Vinyl Lounge, Ancient City Brewing, and The Ice Plant. You can also check out music venues like The Cellar Upstairs Wine and Jazz Bar at San Sebastian Winery or St. Augustine Ampitheatre for live shows.
If you’re visiting with travelers below the age of 21, these family-friendly activities are suited for anyone and everyone! Trek on a nature hike, play a round of miniature golf, or take a pirate cruise on the Black Raven. For magnificent views, gather the whole family together to climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse!