Typical for any popular travel destination, St. Augustine, Florida has many premier attractions to date; however, this is one city where you can also explore on any budget. The history here is certainly rich and there are areas to explore by foot that will cost you 0 dollars; many which are marked as historical landmarks in the United States.
For your convenience we have compiled a nice list of several free things to do in St Augustine within walking distance of the inn for you to enjoy over a two – three night stay! Enjoy details below of some of our all-time favorites (links in titles for further information and photos).
1. San Sebastian Winery – Tour the winery, see a film, and taste some wine (a variety of six different ones to be exact.). This is definitely a favorite of the visitors and most often noted in traveler reviews. Hours of operation are: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Easter, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
2. The Authentic Old Drug Store – Check out the old contents on a self-guided tour. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday thru Thurs and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m Friday and Saturday. Closed Christmas Day. The Old Drug Store building is also the home of the freshly renovated Potter’s Wax Museum home of over 150 lifelike wax figures (ticket for this is required).
3. St. Photios Shrine – Tour the first Greek Orthodox Church in the United States and stop for a family photo in the grotto. The shrine is located on famous St. George Street just steps away from the inn.
4. Pena Peck House – Former home of the Spanish Royal Treasurer, this landmark structure is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Legend has it that pirates once traveled to St. Augustine to loot this home. Managed by the Woman’s Exchange, a community service organization. Closed Sundays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Donations are welcome.
5. Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum– Artifacts include Hurricane Madonna and a pair of slippers worn by a former Pope. Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, a Catholic order that came to St. Augustine after the Civil War to teach former slaves to read and write. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations welcome.
6. Fort Matanzas National Landmark – Located 12 miles south of St. Augustine at the southern end of Anastasia Island. Take a free boat ride to Rattlesnake Island where you might see dolphins and/or manatees. Thespians reenact the roles of Spanish soldiers on duty at the fort, and on the first Saturday of each month there is a weapons firing display featuring muskets and canons. Open daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
7. St. Augustine Distillery – Take a free tour of the St. Augustine Distillery and watch as they mix, mash, cook and distill small batch vodka, rum, gin and whiskey in a historically renovated ice manufacturing plant from 1917. You will learn about the history of ice and distilling in Florida, see products being made, and then taste small batch spirits for yourself in their unique tasting room. There’s no charge and tours are every 30 minutes.
8. Mission of Nombre De Dios – Shrine of Our Lady Leche – The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menéndez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition.