50 FUN Things to do in St Augustine Florida America’s Oldest City

The oldest city in America is also one of the most beautiful cities in America. Located along the Florida A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway St Augustine Florida has the perfect combination of history and outdoor fun. Before planning my solo trip to St Augustine, I took a quick look at some of the attractions in town. Not only are there a ton of things to do in St Augustine but the variety of cool things to do is amazing.

I had a blast in St A!

But how do you decide what to do in St Augustine?

No worries! I put together this list of 50 fun things to do in St Augustine to help you out.

There’s a whole lot of history to St Augustine, founded in 1565, it’s the oldest city in the USA. And there’s abundant beauty and wildlife in the northeast Florida region.

We’ll start our fifty things to do in St Augustine with some fun outdoor activities.

 

50 FUN Things to do in St Augustine Florida

 

1. St Augustine Beaches

Florida is known for gorgeous beaches.

And St Augustine has several beautiful beaches for you to enjoy surfing, fishing, kayaking, beachcombing, jogging, or relaxing while watching the waves and working on your suntan. There are so many beaches in and around St Augustine that I wrote a whole separate blog post to help you find your favorite beach in St A.

The closest beach to downtown St Augustine is Vilano Beach (Surfside Park) at 3 miles (1.8 km) from the downtown area.

 

Sand walkway to Vilano Surfside Park - just a few minutes from St Augustine FL

Vilano Surfside Park is a few minutes from St Augustine Florida

 

Sand dunes along Crescent Beach in St Augustine FL

Sand dunes along Crescent Beach in St Augustine Florida

 

More outdoor fun in St Augustine

When you visit the Sunshine State, you’ll want to spend time outdoors enjoying the sunny days on the coast. Fortunately, St Augustine is a great city for walking around and exploring on foot. I love walking when I’m on vacation because I think it’s the best way to get to know a place. One of the things I loved about St Augustine, especially as a solo female traveler, is that I felt safe walking around on my own.

Since St Augustine is on the coast it makes sense to go exploring on the water too! Whether you are into surfing, fishing, or simply want to get out on the water, St A has something for you.

 

A lion sculpture at the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine FL

A lion sculpture at the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine

 

2. Bridge of Lions

Part of the scenic Hwy A1A the Bridge of Lions connects St Augustine to Anastasia Island. There are pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. The Bridge of Lions is a draw bridge that opens up to let boat traffic through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Walk across the Bridge of Lions at sunset!

 

Bridge of Lions over the Intracoastal Waterway in St Augustine Florida

Bridge of Lions over the Intracoastal Waterway in St Augustine Florida connects Anastasia Island to St A

 

3. St Augustine Marina

Does anyone else love visiting marinas? Even though I’m not so much into boating I love walking around the harbors and seeing all the boats, and sometimes some cool birds too!

 

Boats in the harbor with St Augustine Lighthouse in the background

Boats in the harbor with St Augustine Lighthouse in the background

 

4. St Augustine boat tours

Boat tours are a great way to see St Augustine from the water. I’m not sure how I missed doing a boat tour in St Augustine, but it’s a great excuse to visit again!

 

Taking a scenic boat cruise is a fun thing to do in St Augustine

Taking a scenic boat cruise is one of many fun things to do in St Augustine

 

5. Fishing

Florida is kind of a fisherman’s paradise so St Augustine will keep the fishing folks super happy! St Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier and Vilano Beach Pier are two great fishing spots in St Augustine.

 

Sign for St Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier

St Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier in St Augustine

 

Perfect fishing spot in St Augustine at St Johns County fishing pier

Perfect fishing spot in St Augustine at St Johns County fishing pier

 

6. Wildlife and Bird Watching

Florida is home to dozens of bird species as well as endangered and protected animal species including gopher tortoises, sea turtles, manatees, and the North Atlantic Right Whale.

 

Snowy egret has gold feet and black beak

Snowy egret has gold feet and black beak

 

Gopher tortoise diet consists mostly of grass and legumes

Gopher tortoise diet consists mostly of grass and legumes

 

7. Surfing

So what if you don’t have a surfboard and don’t know how to surf? You can rent a board and take surfing lessons in St Augustine. You’ll have fun learning to surf the waves!

Check out Surf Station or Pit Surf Shop for surfboard rentals and lessons.

 

Visit Pit Surf Shop near the beach in St Augustine for surfing lessons and board rentals

Visit Pit Surf Shop near the beach in St Augustine for surfing lessons and board rentals

 

8. Mini Golf

I love mini golf! Near the Bridge of Lions in St A you’ll find one of the coolest mini golf courses – with beautiful views of the bridge and the marina.

 

Red Train Tours and Bayfront mini golf St Augustine

Red Train Tours and Bayfront mini golf St Augustine

 

9. Golfing in St Augustine

After warming up your short game on the mini golf greens you can do a round of 9 hole or 18 hole golf at one of the outstanding golf courses in St Augustine.

 

10. Plaza de la Constitucion and First Friday Art Walk

First Friday art walk every month in downtown St Augustine at Plaza de la Constitucion, which is worth a visit any day. The plaza is the central park of St Augustine – since 1573. Plaza de la Constitucion St Augustine is located on Cathedral Street (next to Cathedral Basilica) near Bridge of Lions.

 

Historical Sites – Museums – Tours

St Augustine Is a dream come true to any history buff. Enjoy touring around these museums on your own or sign up for a guided tour in St Augustine to explore the culture and history with a local expert.

You have several options for tours in St Augustine from the roaming rail or trolley tours around town to specific tour sites. Explore historical St Augustine and learn about the rich culture in America’s oldest city.

 

St Augustine Sea Wall coquina stone info

St Augustine Sea Wall coquina stone information

 

11. Castillo de San Marcos

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at the Castillo de San Marcos – I have friends that could spend DAYS here! The oldest and largest masonry fort in the continental United States, built from 1672 to 1695 out of coquina stone. The fort is over 320 years old!

 

Castillo de San Marcos - the oldest and largest masonry fort in the continental United States

Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest and largest masonry fort in the continental United States

 

12. Flagler College

Flagler College campus is a stunning and attractive college campus. Formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel, built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1888, the architecture at Flagler College is extraordinary.

Flagler College tours are available to the public, cost as of this writing is $12. During 2019 there is some construction at the college so tours will vary depending on the status of the work. Find out more about tours at Flagler College here.

You can still go and look around the courtyard and the Frog Fountain at Flagler without signing up for a tour.

 

Frog Fountain at Flagler College in St Augustine

Frog Fountain at Flagler College in St Augustine

 

13. Lightner Museum

Located at 75 King St, the Lightner Museum is housed in the former Hotel Alcazar, an 1888 Spanish Renaissance Revival style building in downtown St Augustine built by Henry Flagler. The building features Tiffany stained glass windows and a great collection of art and antiques.

Check the website for ticket info and hours .

 

Built in 1888 Alcazar Hotel is now St Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum

Built in 1888 the Alcazar Hotel is now St Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum

 

14. St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Want the best view of St Augustine? Go climb 219 steps up the lighthouse and take in the panoramic views of St Augustine. Sunset is a great time to go!

The museum is interesting too! Learn about life as a lightkeeper and tour the lightkeeper’s house.

 

St Augustine Lighthouse Museum

Be sure to visit the St Augustine Lighthouse Museum

 

View from St Augustine Lighthouse Anastasia Island

It’s a great view from St Augustine Lighthouse Anastasia Island

 

St Augustine Lighthouse with black and white striped tower and red lantern room

St Augustine Lighthouse is a landmark that’s easy to spot

 

15. St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

Do you love pirates? You must go visit the Pirate and Treasure Museum because it’s full of pirate artifacts. Arrrr!

 

16. Fort Matanzas National Monument

Visit Fort Matanzas, constructed in 1740 by the Spanish, along the Matanzas River. There is a large salt marsh and barrier islands at the site. Get your (FREE) ticket, from the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center, to ride the ferry.

Free admission + Free ferry ride = WINNING!

 

17. Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum

Located downtown at 48 King Street, next to Plaza de la Constitucion. The building is constructed of coquina stone and served as the governor’s official residence from 1710 until 1812.

Free admission and the interior recently upgraded with ADA compliant access.

 

18. Potter’s Wax Museum

Located on Orange St, the oldest wax museum in the USA features over 150 wax figures – perfect family outing! Get info on ticket prices and hours here.

 

19. St Augustine African American heritage and civil rights walking tour

Where was the first free black settlement in America? Find out and learn more on the St Augustine Black Heritage and Civil Rights walking tour – sharing 450 years of black history and civil rights heritage in St Augustine.

Tours last about 1 hour. Reserve a spot and put on your walking shoes.

 

20. Villa Zorayda replica of Alhambra Palace

Located at 83 King Street. Built in 1883 by Boston millionaire Franklin W. Smith as a winter home. The building was inspired by the Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, built in the 12th-century.

 

50 FUN Things to do in St Augustine Florida

 

 

21. Ghost Tours in St Augustine

Explore haunted St Augustine with one of the St Augustine ghost tours.

 

22. Old Jail Tours

Visit the historic jail located at 167 San Marco Avenue – more info here.

 

23. Visit the oldest house in St Augustine

14 St Francis Street – Gonzalez-Alvarez House is the oldest house in St Augustine.

Open from 10 – 5 daily

Tours run every 30 minutes.

 

Oldest House St Augustine Florida Museum

Oldest House St Augustine Florida Museum

 

24. Saint Francis Barracks

Located across the street from the oldest house. This historic structure is built from coquina stone. Named for St Francis of Assisi. There is a series of plaques honoring military troops from the area. The building is now home to the Florida National Guard headquarters.

 

Memorial plaques St Francis Barracks St Augustine Florida

Memorial plaques St Francis Barracks St Augustine Florida

 

25. Oldest Wooden School House Historic Museum and Garden

The oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States is located at 14 St George Street in St Augustine – check hours and more info here.

 

The oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States is located in St Augustine on St George Street - it opened in 1702

The oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States is located in St Augustine on St George Street – it opened in 1702

 

26. Colonial Quarter St Augustine

St George Street is a great place to explore old St Augustine – shops, restaurants, historic buildings, and free outdoor concerts every week.

 

Taberna del Caballo St Augustine restaurant in the Colonial Quarter

Taberna del Caballo St Augustine restaurant in the Colonial Quarter

 

27. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

The Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave. Learn about the Spanish settlers and explore the theme park.

 

28. Old Town Trolley Tours

Take a tour around St Augustine on the Old Town Trolley Tours – get info here.

 

Old Town Trolley Tours stop in St Augustine - a fun way to explore the city

Take a tour of St Augustine with Old Town Trolley Tours

 

29. Red Train Tours

Another option for St Augustine tours is the Red Train Tours – more info here.

 

Red Train Tours and Bayfront mini golf St Augustine

Red Train Tours and Bayfront mini golf St Augustine

 

30. Aviles Street

Visit the oldest street in America! Walk the cobblestone street and visit art galleries or get something to eat/drink at the restaurants and bars.

 

Aviles Street in historic St Augustine FL is the oldest street in America

Aviles Street in historic St Augustine is the oldest street in America

 

Annual Events and Festivals

Who doesn’t love a festival?! St Augustine loves to celebrate. Catch the fun at one of these cool annual festivals in St Augustine.

31. British Night Watch in June and December

32. Night of Lights – November through January

33. Celtic Music and Heritage Festival in March

34. Music by the Sea from May – September

35. Concerts in the Plaza from May – August

 

 

Bayfront St Augustine at Bridge of Lions sculpture of a lion

Bayfront is a wonderful place to walk in St Augustine with Bridge of Lions and the waterfront at your side

 

Churches

Whether you wish to attend a church service or simply enjoy the beautiful architecture and historical significance here are 3 churches to visit in St Augustine.

 

36. Memorial Presbyterian Church

A beautiful historic church constructed in 1889, another of Henry Flagler’s contributions to St Augustine. More info here.

 

37. Cathedral Basilica

Historic cathedral and seat of the Catholic Bishop of St Augustine – get more info.

 

38. Mission Nombre de Dios Museum

A Spanish Catholic mission – more info here.

 

 

Small oquina stone at Washington Oaks Garden State Park beach

Coquina stone at Washington Oaks Garden State Park beach

 

State Parks near St Augustine

Visit one of Florida’s amazing State Parks. St Augustine is home to 7 of Florida’s state parks.

39. Anastasia State Park
40. Faver-Dykes State Park
41. Fort Mose Historic State Park
42. Guana River State Park
43. Matanzas State Forest
44. Ravine Gardens State Park
45. Washington Oaks Garden State Park

 

Ancient Dunes Trail at Anastasia State Park leads through the forest, once a series of sand dunes

Ancient Dunes Trail at Anastasia State Park leads through the forest, once a series of sand dunes

 

 

Old Spanish Quarries sign in Anastasia Island Florida - the location of the coquina stone used for many early structures in St Augustine

Old Spanish Quarries Anastasia Island Florida – the location of the coquina stone used for many early structures in St Augustine

 

Food – Drink – Entertainment

If you really want to get to know a place you have to immerse yourself in the culture. That means you must eat the local food and sample the local booze in order to fully embrace St Augustine.

 

Roasted peppers Michael's Tasting Room St Augustine

Roasted peppers Michael’s Tasting Room St Augustine

 

46. Seafood

St Augustine is on the Florida coast, with some of the best fishing in the USA, so you must try the seafood.

 

47. San Sebastian Winery

Visit the winery at 167 King Street for a tour and wine tasting – more info here.

 

48. St Augustine Distillery

For small batch whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka. Take a free tour at the distillery and learn about the process of making booze.

 

49. St Augustine Amphitheatre

Built in 1965 to commemorate St Augustine’s 400th birthday the St Augustine Amphitheatre is a performing arts center. Updated in 2002 the venue capacity is 4,100 people – check the website for upcoming events in St Augustine.

 

50. St Augustine Farmers Markets

Visit the Old City Farmers Market at 1370 – 1380 Hwy A1A on Saturday mornings (at the Amphitheatre parking lot) or the Wednesday market at 350 Hwy A1A from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 

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  1. Will says:

    Good timing for your post. We’ll be there in three weeks. I’m planning for my family to stay three nights. We’re driving there from Austin.

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