If you're looking for free (or cheap) things to do in St. Augustine, look no further! This charming coastal town has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike.
There's something for everyone here, from historical attractions to beautiful parks, beaches, and distilleries. And the best part is you can stop in for free tours and samples in most places.
I spend a lot of time in my second home in Orlando but let's be honest, sometimes you want to do something different. When researching day trips from Orlando, I came across St. Augustine, Florida.
I was surprised to find so many free things to do in St. Augustine. After researching and planning our day, we decided to jump in the car and go.
It's a two-hour drive from Orlando. As soon as we arrived, we quickly discovered that St. Augustine is the place to go if you are looking for a budget-friendly day trip or a weekend getaway.
Today we will share 49 free (or almost free) activities in St. Augustine – from fishing on the pier to touring the lighthouse! Are you ready?
🚂 One of our favorite things to do in St. Augustine is book a ticket on the Hop On Hop Off Trolley. It is a great way to get around St. Augustine and includes admission to the Florida Heritage Museum. You can find prices and availability here.
25 Free Things to do in St Augustine, Florida
While some museums and sites in St. Augustine require Admission, there are so many free things to do in St. Augustine that you will be okay with paying for Admission here and there. Let's start the list with the top X things to do for Free in St. Augustine.
1. Walk St. George Street.
St. George Street is the perfect place to start your adventure in St. Augustine. This is a pedestrian-only street with cute shops and some of the most historical places in St. Augustine. We will talk more about them later.
While some historic sites may require Admission, you can still admire the architecture and read about its history on the plaques as you walk by.
St. George is especially significant to visit during the holidays when the street is lit with beautiful lights and Christmas decorations.
It's a great holiday getaway, especially if you have a tight Christmas budget and are looking for a place to visit and see all the holiday decor and decorations without spending a dime.
Address: St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Hours: 24 Hours
2. Trinity Parish
One of the oldest churches in the United States is Trinity Parish in St. Augustine, Florida. The church was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, making it one of the first Christian churches in the country.
Trinity Parish is still an active church today and is a popular tourist destination for those visiting St. Augustine. The church has beautiful architecture and is home to many historical artifacts and documents.
This church is at the corner of St. George and King Street. You can explore the church for free. However, be respectful of parishioners who may be attending mass or praying.
Address: 215 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Services are held daily at 7:30 am, 9 am, and 11:15 am.
3. Lightner Museum.
Continuing down King Street, you will run into the Lightner Museum and Flagler College, both amazing. The Lightner Museum is on the national register of historic places. And while you must pay to go into the Museum you can walk the grounds for free.
The courtyard is stunning, and there you will find a little shop where you can order coffee, ice cream, beer, or wine and sit at one of the outdoor tables.
If you need a break, it is worth the few bucks you may spend on a beverage or treat, as it is such a pretty place. But if you want to splurge, you can also visit the visit while you are there.
The Lightner Museum is open daily from 9 am-5 pm. Admission is $17 for adults and $10 for children. Children 11 & under are free.
Address: 75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm.
Cost: The courtyard is free to visit. Admission to the Museum is $17 for adults and $10 for children, and children 11 & under are free.
4. St. Augustine Distillery.
St. Augustine Distillery is the perfect place to learn about “The Spirit of Florida” and taste some of the best whiskey in North America.
The distillery offers free tours and tastings seven days a week, so you can easily experience their delicious craft spirits.
All the spirits at St. Augustine Distillery are made from local and regional agriculture, which captures Florida's unique tastes and flavors.
In addition, the team of distillers is committed to leaving St. Augustine better for future generations. So, not only will you be able to enjoy some fantastic cocktails while visiting, but you'll also be supporting a good cause. St. Augustine Distillery is definitely a must-visit when visiting St. Augustine, Florida.
Address: 112 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: St. Augustine Distillery is open 7 days a week. The shop is open from 10 am-6 pm, and Tours are available from 10:30 am-5:30 pm.
Cost: Free. You only pay for anything you purchase.
5. Free Wine Tasting at San Sebastian Winery.
San Sebastian Winery is a must-visit for anyone in the St. Augustine area. The winery is in one of Henry Flagler's old East Coast Railway buildings. It offers complimentary wine tasting and a self-guided tour with 6 wines to taste.
The tour is free, but you can add on two different premium wines for just $5 – and trust me, it's worth it. The premium wines were excellent and very generous with their pours.
Extra tip: Be sure to head to the third floor, where you'll find a rooftop deck with a bar and incredible views. They even had live music playing when we visited.
We ordered a few glasses of wine and a snack and spent some time relaxing on the deck – the perfect way to end our day.
Since we didn't spend much money all day, we decided to splurge a little on the wine. All in all, San Sebastian Winery is an enjoyable experience worth visiting.
Address: 157 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: San Sebastian Winery is open Monday-Thursday from 10 am-6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. Free tours and tastings are available until 6 pm daily, with the last tour departing at 5 pm.
Cost: Free. You only pay for any additional purchases you make.
6. St. Augustine Beach
There's just something about the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline that instantly makes you feel more relaxed.
Being able to spend a day at the beach is a luxury that not everyone has, so St. Augustine Beach is the perfect spot to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll along the shore, enjoying a picnic lunch, or looking for the best spot to find shells, St. Augustine Beach has something for everyone. Be sure also to check out the St. Augustine Beach Pier or St. Johns County Ocean Pier.
If time permits, head over to Mickler's Beach. One of the best shelling beaches in Florida.
Address: 350 A1A Beach Blvd St. Augustine FL 32080
Hours: 8 am to sundown.
Cost: Admission to St. Augustine's Beach is free. However, beach driving and parking passes are $10 per vehicle.
7. St. Photios Greek Shrine
Called “The Jewel of St. George Street,” the St. Photios Chapel is a must-visit in St. Augustine. You will be transported to another time and place as you step in.
The shrine is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768.
The shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. It is definitely a site to be seen.
St. Photios Greek Shrine is open Daily from 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Address: 41 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 10 am- 5 pm
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.
8. The Peña Peck House
The Pena Peck House is one of the 35 remaining First Spanish Period buildings in St. Augustine. It was built in 1750 by order of the king of Spain and has passed through only a few different families over the years.
The last owners, the Peña family, owned the house for 94 years before the house was donated to the city of St. Augustine in 1931 to serve as a house museum. Today, you can visit the house for free or make a donation of your choice.
Guided house tours are available Thursday through Saturday 12:00 pm-4 pm.
Address: 143 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 am-4 pm
Cost: Free. Donations accepted.
9. Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum
When you step into the Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum, you can't help but feel like you've been transported back in time. This historic site was built back in 1691, making it one of the oldest structures in St. Augustine.
Located on Aviles Street, the Museum is named after Father Miguel O'Reilly, who left the property to a religious order known as the Sisters of St. Joseph. These sisters were recruited from Le Puy, France, by Bishop of Savannah Augustin Verot. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he would later go on to become the first Bishop of St. Augustine.
The Museum features several exhibits that give visitors a glimpse into what life was like in St. Augustine centuries ago. Whether you're a history buff or just looking for a unique place, the Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum is worth checking out.
Please note the Museum is temporarily closed.
10. Fort Matanzas
Fort Matanzas National Monument is a great way to step back in time and experience St. Augustine as it was over 250 years ago. The Fort was built in the 1740s to protect the Matanzas Inlet, otherwise known as the “backdoor” to St Augustine.
Today, the monument preserves the fortified coquina watchtower that defended the southern approach to the Spanish military settlement. It also protects approximately 300 acres of Florida's coastal environment.
To access the Fort, visit the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center to get your free boarding pass for the ferry. The Fort is open every day of the year from 9 am-5:30 pm except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, December 25. However, the free ferry service is only available from Wednesday-Sunday.
Insider Tip: If you want to take the ferry out, get there early. Boarding passes sell out sometimes before 11 am, so if you want to visit the Fort, plan ahead.
When you're there, be sure to take some time to explore the area and imagine what life was like centuries ago. Take advantage of the self guided walking tour that is offered. Who knows, you may even spot a pirate or two!
Looking for another fabulous Fort to visit in the US. Then check out El Morro on the Island of Puerto Rico.
Address: 8635 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Hours: Daily 9 am-5:30 pm
11. See the Ancient City Nights of Lights
One of the most popular free attractions in St. Augustine is the Nights of Lights celebration that takes place every winter.
From mid-November through the end of January, more than 3 million white lights are strung throughout the city's historic downtown district, creating a magical scene that has to be seen to be believed.
Visitors can enjoy the lights from many different vantage points, including a leisurely stroll down St. George Street, a horse-drawn carriage ride, or a cruise on the San Sebastian River.
Bonus Tip: If you want to save on parking, the City of St. Augustine offers a Free Park and Ride Shuttle with multiple pick-ups and drop-off locations. You can find the park and ride locations and schedule here.
Address: 170 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Beginning at sundown from November-January.
Cost: Free. Guided tours starting at X.
12. Visit the Memorial Presbyterian Church
The Memorial Presbyterian Church is one of the most beautiful churches in St. Augustine, and it just so happens to be free to visit! The church was built in 1889 as a memorial to those who lost their lives in a yellow fever epidemic.
It features stained glass windows imported from England, a hand-carved mahogany altar, and a pipe organ with more than 1,000 pipes.
Address: 32 Sevilla St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Tours are available Fridays from 11 am to 3:30 pm.
13. First Friday Art Walk
Stroll through beautiful downtown St. Augustine while enjoying live music and browsing local art galleries during First Friday Art Walk. The event takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5 pm to 9 pm and is free to attend.
Many galleries offer complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres, making it a perfect activity for an evening out with friends or your significant other.
Address: 1 Cathedral Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: First Friday of the month, 5 pm-9 pm.
14. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is located on the campus of Flagler College.
The Museum houses an impressive European and American art collection, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. Whether you're an art lover or simply looking for something to do on a rainy day, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is worth a visit.
Address: 48 Sevilla St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm. Saturday 12 pm-4 pm
15. Visit Cathedral Basilica St. Augustine
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is one of the oldest Catholic churches in America—it was founded in 1565
It is also one of the most beautiful. The cathedral's interior features intricate mosaics depicting scenes from the life of Christ. Its exterior is adorned with twin steeples and stained glass windows.
Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm; tours are free, but donations are appreciated.
Address: 38 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
16. Fort Mose
Fort Mose is a National Historic Landmark and North America's first free African settlement site. Fort Mose was established in 1738 by the Spanish Governor of Florida as a safe haven for escaped slaves from British colonies.
Today, Fort Mose is a state park and Museum that tells the story of the early residents of Fort Mose and their fight for freedom.
Address: 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 9 am-5 pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
17. Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum
The Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum are in the historic home of the Spanish Governors of Florida. The Museum showcases the culture and history of St Augustine through exhibits, programs, and events. Admission to the Museum is free for all visitors.
Address: 48 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
18. National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios Museum
The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios is a Catholic shrine that honors Mary, the mother of Jesus. The shrine is located on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios, the first Catholic mission in North America. The Spanish settlers celebrated their first Thanksgivings mass on these very grounds. The shrine is open to the public, and Admission is free.
Address: 101 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm
19. Project SWING Playground
Project SWING is an inclusive playground located in downtown St Augustine. The playground was designed for children of all abilities to play together. Project SWING is open to the public, and Admission is free.
Address: 25 W Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 7:30 am-7 pm
20. Splash Park at the Pier
The Splash Park at the Pier is located on Vilano Beach in St Augustine. The Splash Park features several water jets and sprayers for children. The Splash Park is open to the public, and Admission is free.
Address: 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080
Hours: Daily 7 am-7 pm
21. City Gate Spirits
City Gate Spirits offers a complimentary tasting of their easy-sipping spirits, perfect for enjoying your St. Augustine, Florida vacation. The city's historic charm is captured in each bottle, and the friendly staff will help you find the perfect spirit to take home with you.
After the tasting, pick up a bottle or two of your favorites – one to enjoy while you're in town and another to share with your friends and family back home. City Gate Spirits are the perfect place for a unique and memorable experience while visiting St. Augustine.
Address: 11 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 pm-7 pm, Friday-Sunday, 11 am-7 pm
Cost: Free. You pay for any purchases you make.
22. Coquina Quarry
One of the most incredible places in town is the Spanish Coquina Quarries. These historic quarries are located off A1A in Anastasia State Park. The Spanish used them to mine coquina, a limestone, to build many of the city's historic structures.
Today, you can explore the quarries and learn about their history. Admission to the park is just $8 per car, making it a great place to spend a day exploring.
Address: Located off A1A in Anastasia State Park
Hours: Daily, 8 am-sundown
Cost: There is an admission fee to Anastasia State Park of $8 per vehicle.
23. Huguenot Cemetery
Huguenot Cemetery is the resting place for many of St. Augustine's earliest settlers, French Protestants fleeing religious persecution in their homeland. The cemetery also has several interesting sculptures, including a life-size depiction of Michelangelo's “Pieta.” Best of all, Admission to the cemetery is free!
The cemetery also offers tours from 11 am-2 pm daily.
Address: 3 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily, 11 am-2 pm
Cost: Free. Donations are accepted
24. Walk the Vilano Bridge to the Bluebird of Happiness
St. Augustine is a beautiful and historic city with plenty to do, much of which is free or cheap! Walking the Vilano Bridge to see the Bluebird of Happiness is a great activity.
The bluebird started as an orange bird on the side of the road in Vilano Beach in the 1940s, advertising orange juice to northerners passing through.
Newt Haley owned two motels on Coastal Highway, and his wife Wilda bought the bird, placed it in front of one of the motels, and painted it blue. It became known as the “Bluebird of Happiness.” It was moved to a private home and became a lawn ornament.
As part of its public art program, the Main Street Group brought the 8-foot bird to a sandy lot in the Vilano Beach Town Center in 2008, where it stands today, ready to pose for vacation photos.
Address: 245-260 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: 24 Hours
25. Drive Scenic A1A
Take a Scenic drive down A1A. A drive down A1A is one of the most beautiful drives in Florida. It's a great way to see the Atlantic Ocean and its unique coastal towns. Best of all, it's free (or almost free if you don't count gas)!
You can start your drive in St. Augustine and head north towards Jacksonville or south towards Daytona Beach. Either way, you're sure to enjoy the scenery.
24 Cheap Things to do in St Augustine, Florida
While there are so many things to do in St. Augustine for free to keep you busy, some attractions you should also add to the list are affordable. We tried to keep the list of attractions that are under $15.
26. Anastasia Island State Park
Anastasia State Park is home to over 1,600 acres of unspoiled beaches, nature trails, and maritime hammocks, making it the perfect place to spend a day if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle for up to eight people. There are also options for annual passes if you plan on visiting multiple times throughout the year.
Address: 300 Anastasia Park Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Hours: Daily 8 am-sundown
Cost: $8 per car
27. Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine
The Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine is home to over 50 classic cars from the early 1900s through the 1980s, making it a must-visit for any car enthusiast.
Address: 4730 Dixie Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32086
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Cost: $15 + tax/per adult. Kids under 12yrs are free! Click here for more info.
28. World Golf Hall of Fame
The World Golf Hall of Fame is located near Ponte Vedra Beach and is dedicated to celebrating the history and heritage of golf.
Address: 1 World Golf Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32092
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm. Sunday 12–6 pm
Cost: Adults: $20.95. Seniors, Military & Florida Residents* (with valid ID): $19.95. Students (Ages 13 and over with valid ID): $10.00. Children (Ages 5-12): $5.00
29. The Oldest Store Museum Experience
The Oldest Store Museum Experience is located in downtown St. Augustine. It offers visitors a chance to step back and experience life in a 19th-century general store.
Address: 161 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am-4:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $16 and include Admission to several sites in St. Augustine.
30. St. Augustine History Museum
The St. Augustine History Museum is located in the historic district of downtown St. Augustine. It offers visitors a chance to learn about the city's rich history dating back more than 450 years.
Address: 11 Estey St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am-4:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $16 and include Admission to several sites in St. Augustine.
31. Spanish Military Hospital Museum
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is one of the many excellent museums in the city. It provides visitors with a glimpse into the past. The Museum is in an old Spanish hospital dating back to the 18th century.
The hospital treated soldiers and sailors during the American Revolution and the Civil War. The Museum has a collection of artifacts from both wars and a robust educational program. Visitors can learn about the hospital's role in the history of St. Augustine and see how it has been preserved over time.
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is fascinating and provides a unique perspective on American history.
Address: 3 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am-5 pm
Cost: Adults, $14.95. Children $5.95
32. The St. Augustine Aquarium
If you're looking for things to do in St. Augustine, the St. Augustine Aquarium is a great option! This world-class aquarium is home to various sea life, including sharks, turtles, stingrays, and more.
Families will love getting up close and personal with these fantastic creatures. Kids will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibits. In addition to the main aquarium, the St. Augustine Aquarium also features a splash pad, a gift shop, and a cafe.
Address: 2045 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm.
Cost: Adults $14.99. Children $9.99.
33. Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
If you're looking for a dose of history on your vacation, St. Augustine's Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is the perfect place. Built in 1798, the house was initially used as a boarding house for traveling businessmen. Today, it has been restored to its original glory. It is a museum that tells the story of Florida's early days.
Visitors can explore the various rooms of the house, which are furnished with period furniture and decor. The Museum also offers rotating exhibits on archaeology and maritime history.
Address: 20 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Cost: Adults $12. Children $6
34. Gonzalez-Alvarez House
The Gonzalez-Alvarez House is one of the oldest Spanish Colonial residences in the city, and it's filled with fascinating artifacts from the early days of St. Augustine. Visitors can step back in time as they tour the house and learn about the everyday lives of those who once lived there.
The Gonzalez-Alvarez House is a must-see for anyone interested in Florida history.
Address: 14 St Francis St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 10 am-5 pm
Cost: Family (2 adults & 2 children under 18): $25.95, Adults: $12.95, Children (4 and up): $4.95
35. The Oldest Wooden School House Museum and Garden
One of the most incredible places to check out in St. Augustine is the Oldest Wooden School House Museum and Garden. This place is excellent for people of all ages, and it's an elegant way to step back in time and learn about what education was like way back when.
When you first walk in, you'll see the one-room schoolhouse used in the 1700s. It's pretty tiny, but seeing how kids were taught back then is interesting. Overall, the Oldest Wooden School House Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon, and it's definitely worth a visit if you're ever in St. Augustine.
Address: 14 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm. Friday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
Cost: Adults $6.95, Children 6-12 $5.95, Children 5 and under FREE
36. Old Jail Museum
The Old Jail Museum offers a unique glimpse into the past and will surely be a hit for kids and adults alike. The Old Jail Museum was built in 1891 and operated as a county jail until 1953.
Today, it houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the jail's history. Visitors can explore the cells, learn about the inmates held there, and see firsthand how justice was dispensed in the early days of St. Augustine.
With its fascinating displays and engaging tour guides, the Old Jail Museum is an experience you will remember.
Address: 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am-5 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $17
37. Whetstone Chocolates Tasting Tour
Nestled in the historic district of St. Augustine, Whetstone Chocolates is a must-visit for any chocolate lover. Founded in 2006 by husband and wife team David and Cristina Whetstone, the chocolatier specializes in small-batch, artisanal chocolate.
One of the best ways to experience the deliciousness of Whetstone chocolate is to take their Tasting tour. The tour begins with a short film about the history of chocolate and how it is made, and guests then see firsthand how Whetstone chocolate is crafted, from bean to bar.
Of course, the tour would only be complete with tasting some of the chocolatier's signature creations. From truffles and bonbons to bark and bars, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
So whether you're a casual chocolate fan or a bona fide connoisseur, add Whetstone Chocolates to your list of things to do in St. Augustine.
Address: 139 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9:45 am-5:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10.95, Children 5-17 years old $8.45, Children under 5 Free
38. Surf Culture & History Museum
St. Augustine, Florida, is great for anyone who loves the beach and surfing culture. One of the best places to learn about the history of surfing is the Surf Culture & History Museum. The Museum has a collection of surfboards, photographs, and artwork that chronicle the evolution of surfing. Visitors can also watch videos of famous surfers, learn about the science of waves, and try their hand at virtual reality surfing.
Address: 14 St. Francis Street
Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: $10 and includes Admission into the Oldest House Museum.
39. Old Drugstore
This historic building was once a pharmacy and soda fountain and still has the original fixtures and furnishings.
The Old Drugstore is now a museum that offers a unique glimpse into the past. Visitors can see how medicines were prepared in the 19th century and learn about the history of St. Augustine's pharmacy industry.
The Old Drugstore is also home to a collection of vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia. Try one of the delicious sodas made with original recipes from the early 1900s! The Old Drugstore is a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Address: On the corner of Cordova and Orange Streets
40. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
When visiting St. Augustine, Florida, check out the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. This park is home to the famous Fountain of Youth, which is said to have magical properties. The Spanish settlers believed the waters had restorative powers.
Visitors can drink from the fountain and even dip in the water. The park also features a museum with exhibits on the history of the Fountain of Youth. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs. The park is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.
Address: 11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Daily 9 am-5 pm
Cost: Ticket prices are slightly lower if you purchase online. Adults $19.95, Seniors (60+ Years Young) $17.95, Children 6-12 $9.95, Children 5 and Under Free
41. Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone
One of the most exciting things to see in St. Augustine is the Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone. This stone marker was erected in 1915 to commemorate the opening of the Old Spanish Trail.
This highway stretched from St. Augustine to San Diego, California. Today, the marker is a popular spot for tourists to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Spanish Trail.
Visitors can also see the original route of the trail, which is now a walking and biking path. The Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone is a must-see for anyone interested in American history or highway engineering.
42. St. Augustine Scenic Cruise
One of the best ways to see the sights of St. Augustine is from the water. There are several different scenic cruises available, varying in length and route. Many cruises depart from the historic district, so you can admire the colonial architecture while cruising down the Matanzas River. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, and various birds.
The longer cruises also offer a chance to see some other landmarks of St. Augustine, such as the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. Whether a local looking for a new way to explore your city or a visitor seeking a unique experience, a scenic cruise will surely please you.
43. Vilano Beach
If you're looking for a beautiful and affordable beach to visit in Florida, look no further than Vilano Beach! This charming beach town is located just a short drive from St. Augustine, and it offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages.
The beaches here are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. There are also several restaurants and shops within walking distance. In addition, the nearby Anastasia State Park is a great place to explore nature or hike.
Whether looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed vacation, Vilano Beach will surely exceed your expectations!
44. Saint Francis Barracks
Saint Francis Barracks is a former military base home to a museum and several restaurants. Visitors can learn about the history of the barracks and see artifacts from the Spanish-American War.
Address: 82 Marine St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
45. The Llambias House Garden
Few things are more pleasant than enjoying a beautiful garden, and the Llambias House Garden in St. Augustine, Florida, is worth visiting. The garden features a brick walkway with flowering plants and palms and a bubbling fountain.
Visitors can also enjoy the fragrant herbs that grow in the garden or take a moment to sit in the gazebo and appreciate the view.
Address: 31 St Francis St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Cost: Includes Admission to the entire complex. Family (2 adults & 2 children under 18): $25.95, Adults: $12.95, Children (4 and up): $4.95
46. Mission Nombre de Dios
This Spanish mission was founded in 1565, making it the oldest continually active religious community in the United States. The mission grounds are home to a beautiful cathedral and a museum and shrine dedicated to the memory of St. Francis Xavier.
Visitors can also tour the nearby Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where Ponce de Leon landed in Florida in 1513. For a truly unique experience, attend one of the mission's weekly “Mass Under the Oaks” services, held outdoors beneath the ancient live oak trees that line the property.
Address: 89 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm. Sunday 12–4 pm
47. Search for Shark's teeth at Mickler's Landing.
One of the best things about being near the water is that you never know what you might find washed up on shore. Shark's teeth are one of St. Augustine, Florida's most sought-after treasures for beachcombers.
Shark teeth can be found all along the coast, but Mickler's Landing is a perfect spot for hunting. The best time to look is after a storm when the waves have churned up the sand and revealed hidden treasures. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might find yourself a fossilized piece of history.
Even if you don't find a shark's tooth, exploring Mickler's Landing is a great way to spend a day in nature. With its sandy beaches, dunes, and lush vegetation, it's easy to see why this spot is such a popular destination.
Address: 1109 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach
Hours: 8 am to sundown
48. GTM Research Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve is perfect for nature lovers, as it offers miles of trails to explore and various wildlife to see. In addition, the reserve also has an education center where you can learn more about the local ecosystem.
If you're looking for something more active, you can also go kayaking or canoeing on one of the many waterways in the reserve.
Address: 505 Guana River Rd #6527, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $3 per vehicle
49. Lake Maria Sanchez
For those looking for a fun and relaxing day trip from St. Augustine, Florida, head to Lake Maria Sanchez. This beautiful lake is just a short drive from the city and is perfect for swimming, fishing, and picnicking.
The area also has numerous hiking and biking trails, making it easy to explore the surrounding wilderness. With so much to do, Lake Sanchez is an ideal destination for a fun day in the sun.
Address: 7 Bridge St, St Augustine, FL,
Visiting St Augustine, Florida: FAQs
Where is St Augustine, Florida Located
St. Augustine is a city located in the Northeast corner of Florida. It is about an hour's drive from both Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. St. Augustine is known as the “Nation's Oldest City” because it was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565.
Getting to St Augustine, Florida
There are a few different ways to get to St Augustine. You can drive, fly to the nearest airport, or take the bus. If you are driving, you can take a few different routes. I-95 runs through Jacksonville, which would be the easiest way to get there.
However, if you are coming from Orlando, you can take I-4 East to I-95 North. There are also a few different airports you can fly into depending on where you are coming from. The closest airport is the Northeast Florida Regional Airport (JAX).
You can also fly into Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) or Orlando International Airport (MCO). If you are taking the bus, Greyhound offers service to St Augustine from many major cities.
Weather in St Augustine, Florida
The weather in St Augustine is usually mild. The average high temperature in January is 71 degrees, and the average low temperature is 50 degrees.
In July, the average high temperature is 90 degrees, and the average low temperature is 72 degrees. However, it does rain quite a bit, so pack your raincoat!
Parking can be tricky in St Augustine because many streets are narrow, and there are a lot of one-way streets. However, a few parking garages downtown offer all-day parking for around $10 per day.
If you're lucky, you might find free parking outside the downtown area; however, it is minimal.
Closer to town, some street parking is metered, so bring change. The best bet is to utilize the garages available.
Recommended Tours in St Augustine
Old Town Trolley Tours
Our Number one recommended tour is the Old Town Trolley Tour. This tour gives you an overview of all St. Augustine offers. It also includes Admission to Admission to the Florida Heritage Museum.
You can buy tickets for this amazing tour here.
Haunted Trolley Tour
You can only visit a historic city like St. Augustine and go on a haunted tour. This tour takes you around St. Augustine after dark, where you will hear all the haunted tales and stories of this historic city's past.
A sunset cruise is a perfect way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. This hour-long cruise will take you around St. Augustine. You can purchase a beer or wine at the bar and enjoy the views of landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Bridge of Lions, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Where to Stay in St Augustine
The Flagler Inn
If you are looking for a place to stay in the heart of history, St. Augustine, The Flagler Inn, is our choice. This property is centrally located on Ponce De Leon Boulevards. It boasts the largest rooms in St. Augustine, making it the perfect place for families.
In addition, the hotel offers complimentary breakfast daily, which we always love. And they also have an outdoor swimming pool if you need a break from sightseeing.
Hampton Inn St. Augustine beach
If you prefer to stay by the beach, the Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach is the perfect place to call home. With spacious rooms, some with balconies and views, it is excellent for families or even a romantic getaway.
They also offer complimentary breakfast daily, which is also a win. Anything little thing to save money, right.
Visiting St Augustine on a Budget
Visiting St. Augustine doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of free things to do in the city, from free events to attractions. Visit one of the many churches and cathedrals. Or enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and tour.
With so many free things to do in St. Augustine, it is a budget traveler's wish to come true. If you're looking for a fun-filled vacation without breaking the bank, St Augustine, FL, is the place for you!