There’s something for everyone in charming, sunny St. Augustine, Florida. As the nation’s oldest city, there is no shortage of rich history and culture to observe. It’s also pressed right up against some of the most breathtaking beaches in the country. Whether you’re just passing through or you’re a resident, here are some wonderful things to do in St. Augustine.
1. Have a Beach Day
St. Augustine features 42 miles of beachfront to enjoy. Nestled against the Atlantic Ocean, these pristine coastlines offer picturesque views, picnic accommodations, and waves to surf. It’s a no-brainer that one of the best ways to spend a day in St. Augustine is at the beach. Some local favorites include Crescent Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach, and Anastasia State Park.
2. Visit the Fort
St. Augustine was established under Spanish rule in 1565. They reigned over the land for roughly 300 years. The Castillo de San Marcos Fortress played a huge role in helping the Spaniards keep control of the region. Forged out of a strong material called coquina, the structure stood strong against enemy attacks and tropical storms alike. To this day, the fort is in great condition. Those looking to revisit the town’s storied history should definitely pay the fort a visit.
3. Kayak or Paddle Boarding
Experience the waterways of St. Augustine in a relaxing style. Kayaking and paddleboarding are great ways to get an intimate view of Mother Nature while also staying active. River or ocean, there’s a lot to see when you’re up close and personal with the ecosystems in and around St. Augustine. Many people report run-ins with dolphins when they paddle in the ocean.
4. Find Eternal Youth
When the Spaniards made landfall in Florida, they were in search of the Fountain of Youth. Of course, they never did find this mythical oasis but the concept is still embedded in the culture of the state. St. Augustine celebrates this piece of our history at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Here you can drink from Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Eternal Hope and visit a recreation of the 1587 Mission Church of Nombre de Dios.
5. Spend a Day With Ripley
In 1950, Ripley’s Believe it or Not established its first permanent collection in the Castle Warden. This irreverent collection of bizarre oddities and artifacts is a huge tourist attraction in St. Augustine. If you want to experience the city with Ripley’s, they also offer a Red Express Tour with 100 points of historical interest.
6. Go on a Chocolates Tasting Tour
Calling all chocolate lovers! Whetstone Chocolates Tasting Tour is a sweet tooth’s dream. Indulge in an array of decadent treats while also getting a history lesson on the craft of chocolate making and Whetstone Chocolates. It’s an educational, delicious experience that you won’t want to miss.
7. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Sometimes the best way to spend a day is getting some quality r&r. Give yourself a much-deserved spa day at Small Indulgences European Day Spa & Salon. Open seven days a week, Small Indulgences offers a range of treatments including facials, massages, and aromatherapy.
8. Enjoy the Golf Scene
Florida is a golfer’s haven. There’s no shortage of top-tier golf courses in St. Augustine. Meet up with your friends and spend the day enjoying the fairway. If you’re a history buff, check out the World Golf Hall of Fame. You’ll get the chance to see artifacts from throughout the hall of farmers’ careers as well as other rotating exhibits.
9. Revisit St. Augustine’s Pirate Past
St. Augustine was under near-constant pirate siege in its early days. You can revisit our swashbuckling past at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Enjoy authentic pirate artifacts and interactive exhibits. If you’re looking for a more theatrical experience, try out Black Raven Adventures. It’s an interactive experience set on an actual pirate ship.
10. Take an Arcade History Lesson
Who knew arcades had such a rich, interesting history? Visit Anastasia Island’s Arcade Museum and get a crash course on the games of yesteryear. And the best part? Admission gives you a chance to play their 30 classic pinball, video, and mechanical arcade games for free – no coins necessary!
11. Go on a Boat Tour
From eco-tours to guided fishing trips, there are plenty of ways to take to the sea in St. Augustine. Spend a day whipping through the salty surf in search of dolphins and other wildlife. Fishermen will also be glad to know there are plenty of options for fishing tours – from right off the shore to the deep sea.
We Can’t Wait to See You!
St. Augustine is a truly special city. Whether you’re a history buff or are craving a relaxing day on the beach, you’ll find a little something in the Ancient City. I hope this list was a good jumping-off point as you plan your trip. If you fall in love with the area and decide it’s time to relocate, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any real estate questions!
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