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 11 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 learn the secrets to hauntings that have plagued the Old Drug Store from the time it first opened in 1887 and then visit Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ransom’s gruesome execution.
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
Explore what is known as America's oldest city with your engaging and knowledgeable conductor sharing the history of the city with you. Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, it is a unique city filled with colonial-Spanish neighborhoods and magnificent buildings. Along your route, jump off to step inside one-of-a-kind attractions—St. Augustine Old Jail, History Museum, and the Oldest Store Museum Experience.
The Old Jail housed prisoners for over 60 years and is one of the few surviving 19th-century jails. Visit the sheriff's quarters where he and his wife lived adjacent to 72 prisoners. Step inside the male and female cells, maximum security area, and see a large collection of used weapons on display.
With both historical displays and private collections, the History Museum covers over 400 years of Florida’s tumultuous past. Many countries ruled over St. Augustine including England, Spain, and France—see for yourself the significance of each of those regimes. Explore the Spanish Sunken Treasure Room, a model of a Timucan Indian Village, and the Florida Cracker Trading Post.
At St. Augustine's Oldest Store Museum discover the latest and greatest inventions since the turn of the century. Not just an ordinary store, it sells over 100,000 items, and also offers an immersive, historical experience. The actors reenact events as if you had met them back in the early 1900s when the store was founded. Read More close
After taking a childhood trip to London, founder George L. Potter became inspired and captivated by the life-like wax figures he saw at Madame Tussaud's. Using this inspiration to fuel his dreams, he set out to create a similar wax attraction of his own.
In 1947, Potter began contracting with GEMS of London, a noted wax studio, to create one of a kind figures for his St. Augustine museum by employing the expertise of artists from all over Europe. This meant getting the best of the best, no matter its origin. He imported wax from France, hair from Italy, and set the sculpting of the figures in Belgium. By 1949, Potter's Wax Museum opened its doors, becoming the first wax museum in the United States.
During your visit to the museum, take as many photos as you'd like of or with the figures. Their life-like faces and poses make for amazing opportunities for creative poses with them, and these pictures are sure to be among your favorite memories of your trip to St. Augustine. 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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Enjoy scenic views of the city's unique terrain as you learn about over 100 points of historical interest from your knowledgeable guide. Step off and board at your leisure to explore attractions, historic sites, restaurants, and shopping in the nation’s oldest city. Some locales date back to the 18th century, such as the Spanish Military Hospital on Aviles Street, which was named after the Spanish city in which the city’s founder was born.
Route stops include:
- San Sebastian Winery
- Whetstone Chocolate Factory
- The Lightner Museum
- The Oldest House
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorum
- Castillo de San Marcos
- Colonial Spanish Quarter
- Fort Menendez
- Mission Nombre de Dios
- Spanish Military Hospital
Choose from a 1-day or 3-day ticket to ride the Red Trains and see all that St. Augustine has to offer.
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Keep your camera handy to capture the action as you cruise away from the dock and into the ocean that surrounds St. Augustine. Head out on the Matanzas River and, after arriving at some prime fishing territory, test out your fishing skills. This narrow saltwater estuary is secluded from the Atlantic Ocean by Anastasia Island, and is home to various species including spotted sea trout, tarpon, flounder, and cobia.
Prepare for an exciting time at sea as you cruise along Salt Run and Tolomato River in search of the big ones. The area is dominated by salt marshes, with tidal tributaries trickling away from the river's main run. This pocket of nature offers up great fishing around sand bars and oyster beds. With encouraging instruction for beginners and advanced tips for seasoned anglers, you're sure to have a great time reeling in a catch no matter your level of experience. Read More close
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