Fun Things To Do In St. Augustine
Explore the best of St Augustine on this narrated Old Town trolley tour. See more than 100 points of interest such as the Old Jail, Flagler College, and Spanish Colonial neighborhoods. Discover more about America’s oldest city, founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, from your friendly and informative conductor who shares interesting narration about St. Augustine’s history.
Castillo de San Marcos served as a fort for more than 205 years. Built between 1672 and 1695 by the Spanish, it protected the newly established territory of Spanish Florida from the British and pirates. It’s the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., as well as the only surviving 17th-century military site in the country. Additionally, it is one of only two forts in the world constructed from coquina, a semi-rare limestone composed of shell fragments. Though the Spanish maintained control of the Castillo de San Marcos for most of its military career, it was used by the British during the American Revolution and by Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War.
We invite you to visit us for a fascinating, informative, entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, historic St. Augustine is the oldest successful European settlement in the United States. Colonial America started right HERE, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before Jamestown! With a long, rich history spanning nearly 500 years, the Fountain of Youth Park will delight and amaze you. Whether you visit for an hour or take all day, our 15 waterfront acres will provide you with hours of enjoyment.
As the oldest city of European origin in the United States, St. Augustine harbors a fascinating history haunted by the restless souls of its former residents. On this 1.5-hour ghost tour, you’ll follow a master storyteller to sites of reputed haunting: see historic landmarks such as Hugenot and Tolomato Cemetery, and discover traumatic tales from St. Augustine’s 450-year history. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people to maintain the correct atmosphere.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts. The Alligator Farm’s history as an attraction and an accredited zoo is nearly as exciting as zipping across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction.
St. Augustine was the site of the first lighthouse established in Florida by the new, territorial, American Government in 1824. According to some archival records and maps, this “official” American lighthouse was placed on the site of an earlier watchtower built by the Spanish as early as the late 16th century. St Augustine Lighthouse is the site of the oldest permanent navigation aid in North America, dating to a Spanish watchtower built in the late 1500s. It’s easy to pinpoint the site these days: the distinctive black-and-white lighthouse tower topped by a red cap on Anastasia Island, across the bayfront from the Old City. The St. Augustine Lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level, with 219 steps and 8 landings.
Today, San Sebastian ranks as one of Florida’s premium wineries, and remains a pioneer in the development of premium, sparkling and dessert wines from Muscadine grapes. Vinifera wines are also produced to include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon and are marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are also produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand. Together, these labels have won many awards for excellence in winemaking, over 744 so far with more to come each season.
The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, in the United States, and it is unusual among sports halls of fame in that a single site honors both men and women. It is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world. The Hall of Fame Museum Building was designed by the specialist museum architecture firm E. Verner Johnson and Associates of Boston.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Purveyors of the jaw-dropping, mind-boggling, and eye-opening since 1939. This is a cool place to come with kids and show them some cool world records…there’s always something new. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is an American franchise, founded by Robert Ripley, which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. entering through themed galleries, adults and children alike will become immersed in curiosities, incredible art, animal oddities, pop-culture memorabilia, interactive games, and stories of people and places that are incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true!
#1 Whiskey Tour in North America. St. Augustine Distillery was founded by 20 local families with a common vision: To create world-class spirits and leave St. Augustine better for future generations. We preserved, restored and transformed Florida’s oldest ice plant into the most visited craft distillery in America. Our mission is simple: To educate our guests how and why our spirits are uniquely different and invite them to become lifelong customers and inspired ambassadors.
8 Giant waterfalls and a 65 foot Spanish ship are featured at this ocean view 18 hole miniature golf course on St. Augustine Beach just one mile from the beach pier. Fun yet challenging is what you will find at this well landscaped course, Fiesta Falls. Enjoy delicious soft serve ice cream, slush puppies and other tasty deserts. Come join the fun!
Did You Know….20 Facts About St. Augustine
- Population: 14,576 (2019)
- It is the oldest city in the United States
- The city was founded by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565
- It has the narrowest street in the United States – 7 feet wide
- It’s home to the oldest Masonry Fort in the United States
- The city’s fort has had 3 different names
- The Augustine lighthouse is rumored to be haunted, as well as, the city
- The oldest wax museum in the United States is located in St. Augustine
- Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth” has guest books stretching back to 1868
- The oldest wooden schoolhouse is located in downtown St. Augustine
- Located on San Marco Ave, the Old Jail was built by Henry Flagler in 1891 and was in operation until 1953
- Founded in 1968, Flagler College, is a private 4-year liberal arts school, housed in the Ponce de Leon Hotel, a hotel built in luxury in the 1800’s
- The Catholic Basilica, is home to the first catholic congregation in the United States- dates back to 1565
- It’s home to the world’s oldest Ripley’s Believe It or Not
- The city has 2 nicknames, “Ancient City” and “Old City”
- The famous, Bridge of Lions, a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Intra-Coastal Waterway connecting Anastasia Island to downtown, features a twin set of Medici lions made of Carrera Marble
- The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, founded in 1893, is the only facility in the world exhibiting living examples of all 23 currently recognized species of crocodilian
- The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum is home to the only real pirate treasure chest in the world
- Flagler College houses over 70 different stained-glass windows, valued over 130 million
- The average high temperature in winter is 79 degrees