6 of the Best Things to See in the St. Augustine Historic District

As the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine is a haven for historic charm. If you’re looking to take a stroll back in time and immerse in our city’s one-of-a-kind culture, then a visit to the St. Augustine Historic District is a must. Located in the heart of the city, the historic district is where visitors will find some of St. Augustine’s most historic attractions, shops, restaurants, and more. Here is a quick look at what to expect during your visit and some places that you definitely won’t want to skip.

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Overview of the St. Augustine Historic District

Just as the name suggests, the St. Augustine Historic District is the oldest part of the city and one of the most visited spots in town. Many of the buildings in this section of St. Augustine have stood since the early 1700s and most of the streets still retain their original structure. The most defining feature of the Historic District, however, is Spanish Colonial and Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. Since St. Augustine was originally a Spanish city, their culture and design is still prevalent even today! Just wandering down the street and admiring the beauty of history is an experience in and of itself.

6 Historic St. Augustine Attractions

1. St. George Street

St. George Street is one of our city’s premier avenues with its wide variety of shopping, dining, and historic sites. Plus, it’s also one of the most walkable streets in the city! As you wander down this local treasure, you’ll be invited to check out unique stores such as the Pena-Peck House, indulge in a memorable meal at the wide variety of eclectic restaurants and cafes, or marvel at historic sites like the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.

2. Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is one of St. Augustine’s most treasured historic sites, and for good reason. The large stone fort overlooking the ocean has stood for more than 340 years as a symbol of human determination and endurance. It also still retains the original stone walls that tell the story of our city’s grim yet remarkable history. During your visit to the fort, you can explore the rooms that once housed the city’s soldiers and prisoners, enjoy the view from the gun deck, or watch cannon and weaponry demonstrations.  

3. Lightner Museum

Housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, the Lightner Museum is yet another one of the city’s most recognized icons. The stunning architecture and fine collections of 19th-century art are what attract visitors from all over the globe to this awe-inspiring attraction. From typewriters to paintings, Lightner’s collection of fine and decorative art is both impressive and extensive. During your visit to the Lightner Museum, you’ll come across hundreds of fascinating treasures, including popular items like the mummy, human hair art, and Tiffany glass.

4. St. Augustine Distillery

Recognized as one of the top distilleries in the nation, St. Augustine Distillery is a must if you enjoy spirits with bold and one-of-a-kind flavors. Each batch of whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka captures the taste and flavors of Florida and reflect the passion of the people who make them. Tours of the distillery are always free, and you’ll be able to get an inside look into the process of making delicious spirits. At the end of your experience, you’ll also have the opportunity to taste the small-batch spirits for yourself!

5. Ghost Tours

If you’re feeling brave, then a ghost tour in the St. Augustine Historic District is for you! As you wander through the darkened streets, you’ll learn more about the city’s spine-tingling past and its most well-known ghostly residents. Some of the most popular ghost tours in the historic district include Ghost Tours of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Haunted Pub Tour.

6. Potter’s Wax Museum

With wax figures of all your favorite celebrities, political figures, and all-star athletes, the Potter’s Wax Museum offers a surreal experience for visitors from all over the nation. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to admire and take pictures with over 150 well-known figures including Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, Einstein, Captain Jack Sparrow, Michael Jackson, and U.S. presidents. This unique assortment of wax figures was started in 1947, making it one of the world’s oldest and most valuable collections.

Stay in the Heart of the St. Augustine Historic District

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