Saint Augustine, Florida has a deeply-rooted history 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 rule by the Spanish, 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 to all the best things to do in St. Augustine. Couples, and those looking to relax and get away, 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.

Here are some of our guest’s favorite things to do in St. Augustine:

For even more of the best things to do in St. Augustine download our free Vacation Guide

Old Town Trolley Tours

167 San Marco Avenue

A narrated tour encompassing seven miles of historic 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.

Tips: The tour guides are extremely 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 by.

Daily from 9:00am – 4:30pm
Adults $24.99 / Kids (6-12yrs) $10

Lightner Museum

75 King Street

This luxury hotel-turned-museum boasts an eccentric collection of 19th century art, antiques, and other collectibles.  Tours are self-guided but staff is readily on hand to answer questions.  Guided group tours are available through 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 9:00am – 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)
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 a number of special events and live music; be sure to check out their website when you plan your visit!

Daily from 10:30am – 5:00pm (tours begin every 1/2 hour)

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 9:00am – 5:30pm
Ferry departs every hour starting at 9:30am

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 10am and 2pm 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 10:00am – 6:00pm
Adult $10 / Kids (4-12yrs) $1

We also recommend:

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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