Saint Augustine is a location I’ve desired to go to for a really very long time. The primary time I heard about this metropolis was years in the past whereas I used to be in school, it was the place the faculty began earlier than it moved to Miami Florida. I made a decision I used to be going to take the journey this yr and so I did. I began out looking for rooms for five nights however costs had been including up and I began to marvel if there would even be sufficient for me to do in St. Augustine for five days. So I made a decision to remain for much less days. Properly to my shock there was loads of issues to do and see on this historic metropolis. On this article I’ve put collectively a listing of issues you are able to do whereas visiting St. Augustine.
Castillo de San Marcos Nationwide Monument
The Castillo de San Marcos (spanish for St. Marks Fortress) is alleged to be the oldest fort of its sort in the US. This monument has been opened since 1695, yep that lengthy. It was constructed by the Spaniards to guard Florida. It’s open from 9:00 a.m. by 5:00 p.m. every day. For those who occur to go when it’s closed like I did you may nonetheless discover the outside, by taking a stroll across the monument, being attentive to the cannons on web site, the furnace the place cannons had been heated earlier than being fired or sit down and benefit from the cool ocean breeze. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in what’s inside and wish to be taught extra in regards to the Castillo de San Marcos, the price to go in is $15 for ages 16 and older. Kids 15 and underneath are free.
Take a cruise tour
With the cruise excursions you will have choices. There’s ‘Scenic Cruise’ that takes you out sight seeing on a type of double decker boats, this tour final about 90 minutes, you may see locations like Anastasia Island, the lighthouse, the nice cross and environment. You should purchase drinks and snacks aboard the Scenic Cruise sightseeing excursions. The present costs are $20.75 for adults, $9.75 for youngsters, and $17.50 for seniors.
Then there may be additionally the Black Raven pirate cruises the place you may take the entire household for an journey. The pirate cruises presents actions onboard corresponding to treasure hunt, jokes, sword fights between the pirates, and extra. In addition they provide a Rum Runner cruise however this one is for adults solely 😉. The treasure hunt cruises are $39.95 for adults, $29.95 for youngsters ages 3-12, $9.95 youngsters 2 and underneath, and it’s also possible to get the household pack for two adults and a pair of youngsters at $107.85. The rum runner cruise is $29.95. You should convey ID for the rum runner cruise, it’s only on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.
Flagler school is a should see. The previous resort turned school has a spectacular structure, very interesting to the attention. Atleast it was to my eyes 😀. Flagler Faculty is at present a Liberal Arts Faculty situated in historic downtown St. Agustine. It was previously the Ponce de Leon resort constructed by Henry Flagler in 1888. The resort was visited by well-known people corresponding to Ernest Hemmingway and John F Kennedy (nicely he was 13 on the time not but president). In 1968 the resort turned Flagler Faculty.
Are you an Artwork Buff, in that case then the Lightner Museum is a should see. Earlier than it was the Lightner Museum it was the Alcazar Lodge, additionally accomplished in 1888 by Henry Flagler. At first it was to be an extension of Flagler’s different resort the Ponce de Leon, however as an alternative was constructed as an impartial constructing. The resort was closed in 1931 and was purchased by Otto Lightner in 1947, who turned it right into a museum. At this museum you’ll expertise historical past within the type of artwork as you might be taken again centuries by the collections. You can be amazed at what you can see right here.
Ripley’s Consider it or not
Get able to discover three tales of the unbelievable at Ripley’s Consider It or Not in St. Augustine, Florida. Right here you can see photos of extraordinary issues and the tales behind them. For instance, the lip disk girl and why it’s carried out in sure cultures or Robert Wadlow the tallest man to ever reside.
Ripley’s Consider It or Not’s historical past goes again so far as 1918. In December of that yr the primary Ripley’s Consider It or Not cartoon was revealed, then in 1922 Robert Ripley the founder determined to journey around the globe. He traveled by international locations corresponding to Bali, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, and Asia, simply to call just a few. In 1929 the primary Ripley’s Consider it or not e-book was revealed. Within the Nineteen Thirties the primary radio present aired. One of many reveals was aired 750 ft underground and one other Underwater, then from the Grand Canyon. He went on to publishing extra books. Later in 1933 the primary odditorium was opened in Chicago containing distinctive artifacts that Ripley collected on his world journeys.
Ripley died in 1949 and the primary Museum was opened in Saint Augustine the next yr on the Fortress Warden which was previously a resort.
The Previous Jail
Attempt to not let the 6ft 6 inches tall 300lbs sheriff Joe Perry catch you on the The outdated jail in St. Augustine. The inmates (probably not) gives you a tour of the jail constructed by Henry Flagler. It is possible for you to hear the story behind the jail that Flagler constructed to seem like a resort and guests would go there knocking on the door hoping to get a room for the evening, solely to search out out that it’s not the kind of resort they had been hoping for. It is possible for you to to see the cells and even wax photos of prisoners contained in the cells, in addition to weapons used throughout that point.
Potter’s Wax Museum
In 1949 George E. Potter made the choice to open America’s very first wax museum in St. Augustine. The concept behind the museum was to show historical past. 90% of the figures are from Potter’s unique assortment. The figures are so life-like it was a bit spooky. lol. You will see that previous presidents and their wives, in addition to well-known composers, Michael Jordan, Martin Luther and even some ghastly ones just like the Frankenstein Monster. The museum is open each day from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Tickets are $14.16 and kids 4-12 $8.08, youngsters underneath 4 are free.
Whetstone Chocolate Tour
Love chocolate or simply curious what goes into making it? Properly that is the occasion for you. Henry and Esther Whetstone first began out within the Ice cream enterprise after which later the chocolate enterprise. Throughout this tour you’ll get pleasure from strolling by the manufacturing facility and studying about Whetstone’s historical past, when you nibble on samples. Excursions can be found each day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and three:30 p.m. at totally different intervals and is $8.95 for adults, $6.50 for youngsters 5-17, and free for youngsters underneath 5.
Gator Bob’s Buying and selling Publish
Inside Gator Bob’s you can see souvenirs, items, and clothes, however there may be extra to it than that. Gator Bob’s additionally has a deli inside and the Previous St. Augustine Museum. As you tour the Previous St. Augustine Museum, see issues like classic vehicles, popcorn machine, and outdated flicker films.
Watch a Magic Present
Expertise magic in historic St. Augustine by stopping in at one of many magic reveals. Simply on the nook of Hypolita and St. George road you can see Theatre Magic. the price is $10 per individual and the present final half-hour. It’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fountain of Youth
The Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth is an archeological park in Saint Augustine that showcases America’s colonial historical past. No there is no such thing as a miracle water that can make you keep younger without end, however there are just a few fountains within the park and particularly Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Everlasting Hope the place you may take a sip. On the Fountain of Youth you can see details about the Timicuan Indians that occupied the realm and there lifestyle. See an precise burying floor, go inside huts, and even take a step inside a church. Additionally, you will discover lovely Indian peacocks (they scream quite a bit). There are shows just like the blacksmith presentation, the planetarium, and the cannon present. You can too climb the remark tower or take a stroll on the boardwalk whereas there.
The Saint Augustine Distillery
Positioned on the ice plant on Riberia road the St. Augustine Distillery presents excursions so you may see how the liquors are made, study several types of liquors and even learn to make particular cocktails. Excursions can be found every day from 10:30 a.m. to five:30 p.m. and they’re free.
Alligator farm is without doubt one of the oldest points of interest in St. Augustine. The park was based in 1893. Right here it is possible for you to to view totally different species of crocodiles however not solely that, there are additionally different animals there like birds, lemurs and snakes. You can too go ziplining by the park and revel in wildlife reveals just like the scales and tails reptile present. The tickets are $28.99 for adults and $17.99 for youngsters 3-11.
There are such a lot of to select from. Whereas going to the totally different points of interest to purchase entry tickets, one factor most of them provide is a ghost tour package deal. No marvel as a result of it’s consider that a number of the buildings in St. Augustine are haunted. Be afraid, very afraid as a tour information takes you on a nightmarish tour of the cities cemeteries and let you know ghost tales in regards to the metropolis 😱. There are excursions accessible for all ages and a few for adults solely.
Go to the Seashores
Which one ought to I’m going to? 🤔 there are such a lot of to select from. There’s loads of seashore to go round in St. Augustine however evidently Vilano seashore is the preferred or busier. There’s a pier there, a marina, and eating places. You may take your canine for a stroll, watch the sundown, take a ship tour, or go fishing. Nevertheless, if you’re searching for someplace a bit extra laid again there may be North Seashore , simply north of Vilano seashore. Don’t neglect your surfboard you perhaps in a position to catch a wave or two. There’s free parking accessible for the seashore in addition to paid parking.
Take a Guided Trolley Tour
There are two varieties of trolley excursions that that I’ve seen in St. Augustine. There’s the Previous City Trolley and the Crimson Prepare Excursions. The Previous City Trolley appears to the be hottest of the 2. The excursions are guided so the driving force gives you a background on the totally different points of interest in addition to town. It is possible for you to to hop on and off the excursions at no matter cease you select. The stops are numbered and you’ll obtain a map that provides you what’s on the totally different stops.
Though the resort the place I stayed had an indication that confirmed they bought the Crimson Prepare Excursions within the foyer I opted for the Previous City Trolley excursions once I discovered they supplied a shuttle that picks you up and drops you again to the resort. You get reductions on the entry payment to sure points of interest whenever you purchase your ticket from the trolley ticket boots.
You can too do your individual strolling tour alongside Avenida Mendez or down the again streets like Saint George road, or Aviles Avenue which is alleged to be the oldest road within the US. You may see cool issues like a lonely musician taking part in her guitar, an artist drawing a portray, or a man with snakes.
So perhaps you don’t desire a trolley tour or perhaps a strolling tour, however how a few horse carriage tour round city. It is possible for you to to chill out and take within the metropolis views whereas the coachman provides you a guided tour of town. These excursions are primarily accessible within the evenings. You may select from shared rides, to personal ones, or rides for particular events.
Go to the Dolphin Place
Swim with dolphins at Marine Land dolphin journey. You may go for the swim journey the place you maintain on to the dolphin’s flippers whereas they take you for a trip, or the royal swim wherein the dolphin will raise you up by pushing from the only real of your ft, or simply have an encounter with the dolphins by interacting with them if you’re not a swimmer.
Water Sports activities
That is Florida and right here the ocean is your taking part in area. There are fairly just a few locations in St. Augustine that gives boat , kayak, and jetski leases. I’ve additionally seen surfers, having a very good time on the waves. Parasailing is one other exercise which you could expertise as nicely.
Be entertained with an interactive expertise as you study historical past. It is possible for you to to see a blacksmith demonstration, see a cannon fired and climb a 35ft watch tower the place you may overlook Castillo de San Marco and extra of downtown St. Augustine.
Pirate and Treasure Museum
On the pirate treasure museum it is possible for you to to watch and study treasures from the Caribbean, really feel like you might be on an precise pirate ship, really feel the vibration as you hear the sounds of cannons hitting your ship, and hunt to search out treasures hidden away in drawers. It’s an excellent expertise for the entire household. The youngsters will particularly love taking part in with the interactive cannon. It’s situated simply throughout the road from the Castillo de San Marcos. The price for adults is $18.99, $9.99 for youngsters 5-12, and $15.99 for seniors.
World Golf Corridor of Fame and Museum
Positioned in World Golf Village, between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, the world golf corridor of fame is the place to be if you’re concerned with studying one thing in regards to the world of golf or if you’re already a fan. Tickets are $20.95 for adults, youngsters 5-12 $5.00, seniors, Florida residents, and army personnel $19.95. College students 13 and over with correct id $10.00. There’s an Imax theatre, guests can attempt their hand at a gap in problem. Whereas there additionally, you will have the ability to see trophies, and golf sticks that had been used, be taught in regards to the corridor of famers, and climb the tower.
Buying on the Retailers
Get discounted costs on title manufacturers corresponding to Coach, Michael Kors, Nike, Carters, Coach, and Clarks on the St. Augustine Retailers. They’re situated simply off the I-95. Sadly those on the east aspect of the I-95 are at present closed aside from Loft. A consultant at Loft mentioned that the Retailers on that aspect had been closed for renovation of the constructing.
Anastasia State Park
Benefit from the lovely white sand seashore at Anastasia State Park. Watch as boaters dock alongside the shore and revel in all that’s right here to do. Beaching will not be the one factor you are able to do right here although, it’s also possible to fowl watch, camp in any of the 139 camps accessible, go mountain climbing, trip a motorcycle alongside the 4 miles of seashore. Hire a kayak or canoe from contained in the park and get to paddling. There’s simply a lot you are able to do right here.
Whereas in St. Augustine you may additionally wish to take a look at the torture museum, nicely that’s if you’re into that sort of stuff. See how folks had been tortured in instances previous. Study skinning, witch interrogation, hand torture, neck lure, and extra.
Saint Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
I virtually forgot this one and the way may I. The lighthouse is a really important a part of Florida’s historical past. Positioned on Anastasia Island, the lighthouse was constructed across the similar time because the Castillo de San Marcos to be careful for enemy ships. Some of the widespread occasions on the St. Augustine lighthouse is to climb the 219 stairs to the highest of the tower, nonetheless, the tower is at present underneath restoration. Don’t fear there are different issues there to do just like the ghost tour, the maritime hammock scavenger hunt, and having fun with the each day demos.
I attempted to place collectively as a lot actions to do in St. Augustine and I’m certain there are some issues lacking from this listing. There are different museums to go to in Saint Augustine just like the Previous Faculty, the Oldest Home and even the Civil Rights memorial web site. At Previous City, cease primary for the Previous City Trolley there are fairly just a few locations to go to, just like the Oldest Retailer museum, the Spice and Tea alternate and another locations that I discussed above.
Many of the actions are situated in downtown Saint Augustine. The parking there may be paid parking and a few might be fairly expensive, so here’s a tip attempt searching for a spot to park on the again streets as an alternative of on the primary.
On the finish of the day the selection is yours what you’ll want to expertise whereas visiting this lovely metropolis, I hope that this listing has made it less complicated for you. Don’t hesitate to jot down within the feedback a few of your experiences that you’ve in Saint Augustine.