Visitors’ Guide to Top St. Augustine Attractions
America’s oldest city is a truly fantastic place to visit, and not just for the legendarily amazing Sunshine State weather and beautiful beaches. St. Augustine is home to many fantastic things to see, do and experience — all of which are completely unique to the area. So, if you’re planning a trip to the region, here are some of the can’t-miss St. Augustine attractions you’ll want to add to your itinerary.
When it comes to the best local attractions, we’d be remiss to not mention St. Augustine’s stunning beaches. Sometimes, just kicking back, soaking up some sunshine, and splashing in the surf is just what anyone needs. Thankfully, St. George Inn is just minutes from some of the most picturesque stretches of beach in Florida. Whether you opt for the serenity and soft waves of Crescent Beach, the convenience of North Beach, or the well-kept secret sands of Vilano Beach, you simply can’t go wrong on your day out.
The Colonial Quarter is an interactive outdoor complex that offers a living history of the Spanish and English settlers that helped establish St. Augustine more than 450 years ago. Historical re-enactors are on hand to provide up-close demonstrations of early American skills like blacksmithing and ship construction. Climbing the watchtower affords a panoramic view of not just the quarter itself, but also nearby Castillo de San Marcos.
43 St. George Street St. Augustine, FL 32084
Ahoy, mateys! This unique hands-on museum is the perfect day of fun for all. As “America’s Oldest City,” our coastal town has a rich and intriguing history of privateer activity — so pirate enthusiasts will enjoy being transported back in time to the age when swashbuckling salty dogs ruled the high seas. Hoist the Jolly Roger, check out some real pirate gold, learn about buried treasure, and even take the wheel on a replica pirate ship.
12 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Does the Fountain of Youth really exist? Spanish explorer Ponce de León was convinced it was here in Florida. And while actual magical waters that wash away the years may be a myth, St. Augustine visitors can nonetheless visit the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where they’ll find an abundance of fascinating history on the early Spanish settlers who first landed in the area in 1565. Of course, you’re also welcome to sample the waters from the famous spring that de León was so certain could turn back the clock.
11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
St. Augustine is home to the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! — the famous home of the inexplicable, unexplainable, and just plain weird. Here at the Ripley’s flagship location (built inside a beautiful historic mansion), visitors are free to gawk at more than 800 interactive exhibits featuring extremes, world records, illusions, bizarre mysteries, and off-the-wall oddities. It’s a great way to make memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
19 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
There is perhaps no more storied historical spot in our fair city than Castillo de San Marcos. Originally constructed as a military installation, the fort has served many additional functions during its centuries of life. Today, it’s recognized as the oldest surviving structure in America’s first city; a somber warning against the atrocities of war, and an important example of early continental architecture. The property offers self-guided tours, and park rangers are also on hand to answer questions from guests.
1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Built in 1891, Old Jail served as St. Augustine’s primary correctional facility until 1953. Now it stands as a unique attraction where guests can learn fascinating facts about its historic importance. Visitors can tour the jail cells, check out period clothing and tools, and hear intriguing stories about some of the ne’er-do-wells who once called it home. Tours happen every 20 minutes, 364 days per year (excluding Christmas Day).
167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of the area’s seafaring history, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers visitors a fantastic peek into the nautical navigation of days gone by. Originally built in 1874, the lighthouse overlooks Salt Run bay and beautiful Conch Island. The museum portion features informative and entertaining exhibits on the area’s portside past. Feeling adventurous? Ghost tours are also offered, as the lighthouse is said to be one of the most haunted places in Florida.
100 Red Cox Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Looking for the perfect place to stay during your St. Augustine exploration? St. George Inn offers exceptional accommodations complete with a whole host of guest-first amenities certain to make your time in America’s oldest city a memorable one. Be sure to check out our Special Offers page to select the travel package that’s right for your trip.