There are plenty of popular tourist attractions in St. Augustine, making it easy to fill your days with fun activities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie, art enthusiast, or nature lover — you’ll have no trouble finding fantastic things to do. However, there are some lesser-known attractions that we suggest exploring during your time here. Get ready to venture off the beaten path for spectacular experiences with our favorite hidden things to do in St. Augustine.
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What Are Some of the Best Hidden Things to do in St. Augustine?
Villa Zorayda Museum
Built in 1883 and modeled after Spain’s Alhambra Palace, Villa Zorayda Museum’s architectural details will leave you speechless. To experience the beauty of this fascinating hidden gem and uncover nearly 135 years of history, take a self-guided tour. Inside the museum, you’ll find intricate seventeenth-century furniture, colorful stained-glass windows, gorgeous oriental rugs, fine art, an original antique collection, and more.
St. Augustine Wild Reserve
Wildlife lovers will enjoy exploring the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. The seven-acre sanctuary is home to various exotic animals including, white tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, hyenas, wolves, and a rare golden baby tabby tiger! Visitors can tour the compound alongside an experienced wildlife professional, learn about each species, and even get within five to ten feet of the enclosures.
The Colonial Quarter
Immerse yourself in St. Augustine’s rich past with a historic tour through the Colonial Quarter. Better known as The Colonial Experience, the tour will take you on a journey through history. The experience features live demonstrations of blacksmithing and musket drills, as well as a Spanish watchtower replica. For an added thrill, climb to the top of the watchtower, where you’ll get a birds-eye view of Castillo de San Marcos and the St. Augustine Bayfront!
High Tide Gallery
High Tide Gallery houses some of the most unique art in the region, from elaborate stained-glass creations to gorgeous sea glass jewelry to intricate sculptures. With five art-filled gallery rooms and nearly 40 artists, you’re sure to fall in love with a unique piece! Once you’ve picked out your one-of-a-kind St. Augustine souvenir, take some time to explore Anastasia Island, and walk along the pristine shoreline at Anastasia State Park.
More Hidden Gems in St. Augustine
- Illuminate: Lightner Museum’s Stained Glass Rediscovered Exhibit
- The Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College
- Marsh Trail at Fort Matanzas National Monument
While it’s not necessarily a hidden gem, Agustin Inn is undoubtedly a gem in St. Augustine! Our authentic and personal bed & breakfast offers everything you need for a getaway that is fun, unique, adventurous, and revitalizing. While you’re here, you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast, cozy accommodations, special packages, unlimited fresh-baked cookies, and much more. Plus, when you stay at our inn in Downtown St. Augustine, you get to enjoy top-notch lodging in a convenient location near all these hidden gems.
If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, check our availability and book your stay today!