Things to Do in St. Augustine, FL
Also known as the Ancient City, St. Augustine, FL is America’s oldest city and one of the most treasured destinations on the east coast. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by the city’s famous historic charm, hospitality, and the plethora of fun things to do and experience. Whether you decide to spend your days exploring the fascinating historic sites, dining in one of the city’s quaint cafes, or soaking in the sun on one of the pristine beaches, boredom is never an option! During your stay with us at the Victorian House, here are some suggestions for the best things to do in St. Augustine that you surely won’t want to skip.
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Top Things to in St. Augustine
Lounge on the Beaches
Florida is home to some of the world’s top beaches, and St. Augustine is no exception! Our city boasts 42-miles of powdery white beaches that are ideal for spending a full day of fun-in-the-sun. Here is a quick look at some of our area’s most popular shorelines:
- St. Augustine Beach: This is St. Augustine’s most popular beach, and it’s also just a short walk from the Victorian House! You’re welcome to simply lounge in the sand while taking in the scent of salt water, fish from the shore, go shelling, windsurf on the waves, and much more.
- Crescent Beach: This beach earns its name from the shore’s distinct crescent shape. The lack of commercial development makes it a favorite among nature lovers, those seeking a more quiet day at the beach, and horseback riders!
- Vilano Beach: Also known as one of St. Augustine’s best-kept secrets, Vilano Beach is the place to go for heart-pumping surfing in the heavier waves. This is also the home to the very popular Vilano Beach Pier, one of the area’s top fishing spots.
When you’re not relaxing in your room at the Victorian House, we encourage you to get out and enjoy Florida’s world-famous weather by enjoying the wide variety of exciting outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a leisurely excursion, you’ll have plenty of options for exploring the natural beauty of St. Augustine. You can kayak through the waterways in search of dolphins and other local wildlife, view the city from the skies while parasailing, zip-line through the untouched forests, or take a bike ride through town. The choice is all yours!
As the oldest city in the nation, St. Augustine has no shortage of fascinating historic sites. During your visit, stopping by one of these notable locations is an absolute must. It’s the perfect way to not only learn more about the city’s history, but our nation’s as well! The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century fortress with plenty of awe-inspiring stories to tell. The Fountain of Youth, the legendary spring that explorer Ponce de Leon himself sailed to the New World for, is found in St. Augustine and can be viewed at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. You also won’t want to skip significant structures such as the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Old St. Johns County Jail.
With such a rich (and sometimes tragic) history, it comes as no surprise that St. Augustine is recognized as one of the most haunted cities in the nation. If you’re feeling brave, there are several spine-chilling ghost tours that will introduce you to the area’s historic sites and their paranormal residents.
Museums and Art Galleries
While St. Augustine itself is a living museum, there are several spots throughout the city that showcase the area’s rich history and vibrant artistic side. The Lightner Museum is among the most popular and housed within the restored Alcazar Hotel, which is a work of art all on its own! The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum reveals the tales of the swashbuckling sailors that once stormed our city’s coast and exhibit incredible items such as Blackbeard’s own blunderbuss and the world’s oldest “Wanted” poster. The Potter’s Wax Museum is another St. Augustine staple that features over 150 wax figures of your favorite celebrities, political figures, and athletes including Austin Powers, Michael Jackson, and several U.S. presidents.
Dining and Shopping
St. Augustine is a hot spot for fine dining, quaint cafes, and unique shopping opportunities! Many of our area’s most interesting shops and famous restaurants can be found on St. George Street, St. Augustine’s premier avenue. Uptown St. Augustine is another great spot for places to eat in St. Augustine, shopping, and entertaining events. If you’re looking for a spot to indulge in a refreshing beer or glass of wine after a full day of Florida adventures, then you won’t want to miss A1A Ale Works or San Sebastian Winery.
Ready to start planning your unforgettable getaway to St. Augustine? If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Vacation Guide to help you find our area’s top activities and attractions. The Victorian House blog is another great spot to find recommendations for things to do in St. Augustine. We’ll see you soon!