Have an amazing vacation without having to break the bank when you visit St. Augustine! There are so many ways for you and your family to save money while on a getaway to the Nation’s Oldest City. Be sure to take advantage of the many free things to do in St. Augustine during your next visit!
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Take Advantage of These Free Things to do in St. Augustine
Create Your Own Historic Walking Tour
With just a little bit of planning and research, you can create your very own St. Augustine walking tour! It should come as no surprise that the nation’s oldest city has plenty of rich history, beautiful architecture, and iconic sites. The best place to start is St. George Street. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is lined with great historic sites, shops, and excellent restaurants. We suggest that you start your journey at the City Gates, which were once the only entrance into St. Augustine. Today, they mark the start of the most famous street in town. From there, you’ll be able to browse the stores and art galleries carrying local products, or stop in at any of the amazing restaurants and cafes. Here are a couple of our favorite stops:
- The Pena-Peck House is located at St. George Street and is completely free to tour.
- Faux Paws carries all the best dog treats and toys in the city. Plus, it’s a great place to meet some new four-legged friends.
Visit Fort Matanzas
Located on the Matanzas River, about 30 minutes from Agustin Inn, is Fort Matanzas. This historic site was originally built in 1742 to guard the city. Today, the fort is open for tours daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To access the fort, you have to ride the ferry. Luckily, that and the fort feature free admission!
Mission of Nombre de Dios
Visit the spot where it all began in St. Augustine! Mission of Nombre de Dios marks the spot where Pedro Menendez de Aviles first landed in 1565. The explorer kissed a wooden cross that was presented to him and declared this beautiful land for Spain. Today, this site is easily located by just following the 208-foot cross that represents a beacon of faith for travelers. You can visit the on-site museum and explore the grounds of the mission.
Check Out the Local Talent
Celebrate art during your visit to St. Augustine! The organization “Art Galleries of St. Augustine” has worked to create the First Friday Art Walks. The first Friday of every month, local galleries open their doors and offer free self-guided tours to the citizens. Be sure to take advantage of the free shuttle services that will take you to the various participating galleries.
Tour a Winery or Distillery
Whether you have a distinguished palate or you simply enjoy a good drink, these two local businesses are a must! San Sebastian Winery offers daily free tours and tastings to visitors. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the fermentation and bottling of the wines, as well as a class in how to properly taste the drink. St. Augustine Distillery also offers free tours that come with a tasting at the end. You’ll enjoy some beverages made with their very own mixers, as well as have the option to try their spirits straight. We suggest picking up a bottle (or two!) to take back with you.
Stay at Agustin Inn
Visitors who want to take advantage of the many free things to do in St. Augustine will need to find centrally located accommodations. Luckily, Agustin Inn is right in the middle of the historic downtown district, just steps away from St. George Street. Many of these attractions (as well as many others) are a short walk from our front porch. Plus, when you book with Agustin Inn, you’ll enjoy comfortable guest rooms, excellent service, fantastic amenities, and the best breakfast in town!
Check our availability and book your stay with us today! We look forward to having you.