Discover the History of St. Augustine

Saint Augustine, Florida has a deeply-rooted past dating all the way back to its discovery by the Spanish in 1565. It is the oldest continuously occupied city in the U.S., and is often referred to as the “Old City.”

Before Florida was admitted into the United States in 1845, St. Augustine remained mostly under Spanish rule. Maintaining control of the city was not so easy; it was highly sought after by Great Britain as they colonized America. Throughout its Spanish period, St. Augustine was invaded by the British, raided by pirates, and burnt down twice!

The diverse cultural heritage of St. Augustine has made it a popular tourist destination for travelers around the world. The best way to fully understand the city’s unique character is to experience it yourself.

When you stay in any of our St. Augustine accommodations, you will be close a wide array of fun things to do in St. Augustine. Our guests appreciate the Old World romance and scenic beauty that abounds here. Whether you are interested in relaxing on the beautiful beaches, shopping downtown or at the many outlet malls, going on a tour of the city, or eating at one of the many restaurants near our Inn, we guarantee you’ll find countless things to do in St. Augustine.

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Fun Things to do in St. Augustine

Old Town Trolley Tours

167 San Marco Avenue

Old Town Trolley Tours feature narrated tours encompassing seven miles of downtown St. Augustine. The tour has 23 stops around town, and riders have the freedom to hop on or off the Trolley at any stop! The pass is good for three days and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the Old City. If you’re looking for things to do in St. Augustine at night, the Ghost & Gravestones Tour is a great way to learn about the spookier side of our city!

Tips: The tour guides are very knowledgeable and charismatic. Tickets can be purchased all over the city, and you won’t have to wait more than about 15 minutes for a trolley to pass.

Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Adults $24.99 / Kids (6-12yrs) $10

Lightner Museum

75 King Street

The Lightner Museum is a luxury hotel-turned-museum boasts an eccentric collection of 19th-century art, antiques, and other collectibles. Tours are self-guided, but the staff is readily on hand to answer questions. Guided group tours are available by reservation only.

Tips: The museum’s vast collections offer something for everyone. It houses everything from musical instruments, Tiffany glass, model steam engines, to an Egyptian mummy!

Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.)

Adults $10 / Kids (12-18yrs) $5

St. Augustine Distillery

112 Ribera Street

The St. Augustine Distillery offers free tours of their facility, complete with free tastings! Guests get a behind the scenes look at the art of distilling award-winning whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka while learning about the history of Old Florida.

Tips: The St. Augustine Distillery hosts special events and live music; be sure to check out their website when you plan your visit!

Daily from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (tours begin every 30 minutes)

Free

Fort Matanzas National Monument

8635 A1A South

Fort Matanzas National Monument was built over 250 years ago by the Spanish to protect against attacks from Great Britain. Rangers are available to answer any questions about the fort’s exhibits while you explore the grounds at your leisure. Demonstrations and reenactments are given at scheduled times. Visitors take a short ride on a passenger ferry to the fort (tickets are free!).

Tips: Fort Matanzas has beautiful trails through the maritime forest. Visitors can walk the river beach and boardwalk and even fish from the river shore!

Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ferry departs every hour starting at 9:30 a.m.

Free

Flagler College

74 King Street

Formerly the Hotel Ponce de Leon, Flagler College is a visually stunning historic landmark that students from across the globe now call home. Student-led tours start at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily, but visitors are more than welcome to explore the halls that once housed presidents, dignitaries, and royalty in its heyday.

Tips: Be sure to double check their website for the most current tour times; occasionally student activities and events cause tour times to vary throughout the year.

Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Adult $10 / Kids (4-12yrs) $1

We also recommend:

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

St. Johns County Ocean Pier / Beach

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

Basilica Cathedral

Old St. Johns County Jail

Secrets of St. Augustine Ghost Tours

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological & Park

Potter’s Wax Museum

Are you looking the best places to eat in St. Augustine? Or do you want suggestions for our favorite free things to do in St. Augustine? Check out our blog! It’s a fantastic resource for first-time visitors to the area. Learn everything you need to know about the Nation’s Oldest City!

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