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Explore 450 Years of Culture and Natural Wonders in St. Augustine

The old town of St. Augustine is a tight and rambling municipality with narrow city streets perfect for wandering on foot. Influences from its Spanish, British and American Colonial past are everywhere in the architecture and street design. The city's core has been active since the 1600s and the oldest house still standing dates back to the 1700s. Visitors have fun meandering the Old City, popping into artsy boutiques, jewelry stores and gift shops. Places to dine or grab a beer are also plentiful among the historical landmarks. You can't miss the Castillo San Marco on the on the waterfront, which may be one of the country's most important historical landmarks. Observing the Mantanzas River is easy along the bayfront sidewalk with rewarding views of the Bridge of Lions and sailboats breezing along. Beyond the town is St. Augustine Beach and undeveloped Anastasia State Park, both offering time for toes in the sand. The state parks also provide views Florida's native wildlife such as alligators, pink spoonbill birds and frolicking dolphins.  There is so much to see, we've narrowed down the best options for getting a sense of St. Augustine's spirit. Here are some great ways, in no particular order, to make the most of your visit. 

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At this accredited and scientific marine research center, guests can choose from several interactive programs that allow them to meet the resident dolphins. Packages range from simply viewing the dolphins to actually getting to swim with them....  Read More



There is no way you should leave this out of your St. Augustine itinerary. The impressive fort which dominates the water front of the Old City was built by the Spanish from 1672-1695 is the oldest stone fortress in the continental United States,...  Read More

Historic Downtown


Like many port cities, often the best way to see it is from the water. What makes the double-mast Freedom special is that it's an authentic replica of a 19th century sailboat. Master sailors guide the vessel, so those fancy sails are not just...  Read More

Historic Downtown


This new and award-winning distillery makes small batch spirits on the spot and has created quite a "buzz" for its excellence in craft. Their New World Gin, which just won a gold medal at the American Craft Spirits Association Competition in...  Read More

Fountain of Youth Discovery Park
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This is the site of the ancient Indian village of Seloy, but popular legend says Ponce de Leon arrived here in 1513 in search of magical waters that could keep him young and vigorous. While the story may be a myth, it's still fun to drink from...  Read More



Just south of St. Augustine, this former 1930s estate purchased by wealthy New Yorkers is now a beautiful state park that features an undeveloped beach on one side of A1A and a botanical garden on the riverside of the highway. On the riverside,...  Read More

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The Alcazar, once one of the finest hotels in America built by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler during the late 1800s, is now home to a fascinating museum dedicated to preserving Victorian treasures. Furniture, Tiffany glassware and other objects...  Read More

Historic Downtown


In the heart of St. Augustine, but blissfully located just outside of the tourist-trodden historic district, is this beautiful old mission. So old in fact the site is considered to be the spot where the first Catholic mass in North America took...  Read More

Anastasia State Park


Sink your toes into four miles of white sand beaches and explore the salt marshes teeming with wildlife. Bird enthusiasts will love checking species off their life list with pink spoonbills in the marshes, bald eagles and many types of heron and...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Colonial Quarter
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This interactive museum gives kids and adults alike a view of the Colonial period--both Spanish and English. Activities include musket drills, blacksmith demonstrations, sailing ship construction and historical accounts from entertaining...  Read More