The coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida, is overflowing with old-world ambiance and amazing amount of pure romantic charm. If you are seeking a casually elegant destination in a sub-tropical location, this gleaming jewel-by-the-sea features numerous arts-and-crafts festivals, picturesque bed-and-breakfast establishments, art galleries and year-round community events such as pub crawls, nightly walking tours, and art walks. Known as the Ancient City, St. Augustine has some of the oldest buildings in the U.S. - including the oldest house in the state of Florida.…
Top 7 Things to do in St. Augustine, Florida
Your first stops are Huguenot Cemetery and Tolomato Cemetery. As you meander through the gravestones, be on the lookout for the spirit of 5-year old James, jumping through the trees, or the lonely Ghost Bride, still waiting for her groom.
Next stop is the St. Augustine Lighthouse, long troubled by paranormal activity, where it is not uncommon to hear unexplained voices or noises. You may even encounter the daughters of the Superintendent of Lighthouse Construction, who drowned in 1870 and are now believed to haunt the grounds.
Finally, stop by the Old St. John’s Jail, built in 1891 and home to prisoners for over 60 years, including several who met their end on a hangman’s noose. Walk quietly through the hallways, listening for voices, cold spots, apparitions, and the prisoner who’s never left, Charlie Powell. Read More close
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1 hour 35 minutes
Over the past centuries, St. Augustine was ruled over by England, Spain, and France, before becoming part of the United States. Immerse yourself in history as you discover sunken Spanish treasure and a Timucuan village. Experience the building of Flagler's Railroad, which started in St. Augustine and went 128 miles (206 km) out to sea to Key West.
Florida's history is a long and fascinating story, from Native Americans and Spanish galleons to pirates and the Revolutionary War. Before you leave, be sure to explore the Florida Cracker Trading Post, where you can dip your own candles to take home.
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Built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1891, Old St. Johns County Jail, also known as The Old Jail, served as the county jail for over 60 years, until 1953, and was said to resemble a fine hotel. Explore the sheriff's quarters, where he and his wife lived adjacent to 72 prisoners. Step inside both male and female cells as well as a maximum security area.
A large collection of guns and weapons used in actual crimes from that time are on display and there are often demonstrations in the courtyard. Before the end of your tour of The Old Jail, you may even encounter the South's most feared sheriff and get finger-printed.
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Your 3-day pass offers you the freedom to explore the city at your own pace. Browse Hypolita & St. George streets, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and shop at the historic walking mall before heading to the beach for a glimpse of the spectacular sunset from the waterfront. Stop for a taste of wine at San Sebastian Winery then indulge in a piece of Whetsone Chocolate while you peruse their factory.
Keep your camera handy as you explore architectural masterpieces such as the oldest wooden schoolhouse and the Ponce de Leon Hotel, now a part of Flagler College. St. Augustine is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking architecture, antiquated buildings and its significance in shaping the nation. Read More close
Once you're inside this "temple of the twisted," delve into interactive exhibits that include true rarities of science and nature. Discover a bone motorcycle, a human hair sweater, a car part pirate, mind-boggling visual illusions, and a fascinating array of the most unusual and weird artifacts. Stop and make a wax mold of your hand to take home.
As you continue through this fascinating museum, challenge your senses, perception, and equilibrium in the spinning Vortex Tunnel. Make your way through the Mirror Maze and watch your body become super-sized, stretched, and confused.
With no time limit on your ticket, feel free to spend as long as you wish exploring the vast array of unbelievably odd objects and amazing, hands-on exhibits from all over the world. Ripley's in St. Augustine was the very first Odditorium and even features some of Robert Ripley's personal collection. Read More close
Board an authentically-styled steam train and take a step back into St. Augustine’s troubled past. Learn why the city is known for ghostly sightings and unexplained phenomena as you dive into spine-chilling historical stories.
Throughout your visit to 3 haunted sites get a hands-on experience, using EMF (electromagnetic field) meters and laser grids to find residual energies, orbs, and other ghostly sightings. Listen as your conductor illustrates the history of paranormal investigation and explains why some lingering ghosts continue to haunt these historic streets. Read More close
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See unusual inventions such as a goat-powered washing machine and gas-powered iron. The Oldest Store Museum has over 100,000 items in stock, many of them from the original C. F. Hamblin General Store. Learn how a 1-hole corn shucker works and get hands-on experience with bicycles, farming equipment, telephones, and even a musical instrument of the time. Read More close