The Best Things to See and Do in St. Augustine

Photo of David Lindsey
9 February 2017

St. Augustine has some of the most pristine beaches in the U.S, as well as a range of unique historical attractions such as the Fountain of Youth, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Castillo de San Marcos fort. Here are 5 favorites that locals love.

St. Augustine Lighthouse | David Lindsey

Go paddle boarding at Anastasia State Park

Located near historic downtown St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park is an oasis of natural beauty and home to miles of unspoiled beaches, wildlife, campgrounds and picnic grounds. For those who’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, head over and rent one at the watersports vendor within the park. Kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing rentals are also available. While there, take a walk along the beach and look out for the unique seashells the area is known for.

Casa Monica Hotel | David Lindsey

Take a Biplane Ride above St. Augustine

Imagine soaring through the sky in an open cockpit biplane, allowing you to see all of St. Augustine’s most famous sights from the sky. St. Augustine Biplane Rides are offered in a WACO Biplane, an authentic replica of the original 1935 model. The tour transports guests over the Bridge of Lions, Flagler College, the Lighthouse on Anastasia Island, the Castillo de San Marcos and much more. They offer a variety of different tours, including a sunset one, and tours run year round.

St. Augustine from Matanzas River | David Lindsey

Try a St. Augustine Pub Crawl

This walking tour stops at 4 or more of the city’s most unique pubs and is a fun and refreshing way to learn about the history and traditions of taverns in St. Augustine. Places offer a variety of choices, including premium beers, ales, sangria, and wines. You’ll be on your feet, so wear comfortable shoes and make reservations early as spaces are limited.

Ghosts & Gravestones Tour cruising over the Bridge of Lions | David Lindsey

Have a spooky encounter on a Ghost Tour

For those curious about the paranormal, hop onto the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour. This frightfully entertaining tour explores the most haunted places in St. Augustine including the Old Jail and the St. Augustine Lighthouse grounds. The Ghost Hosts leading the tours will share true accounts of tragedy and mystery surrounding the Nation’s Oldest City and it’s dearly departed.

Lightner Museum | David Lindsey

Take the boat to Fort Matanzas

Steeped in history, the Fort Matanzas National Monument is a fun and educational outing for everyone. Originally a Spanish watchtower built over 270 years ago, the view from the top is worth the long climb up. Accessed via a ferry ride across the river, stop off at the visitors center on arrival to collect your free boarding passes. Various activities are offered at the fort and in the surrounding park including tours, ranger talks and a ½ mile nature trail that winds around through the maritime forest. Fishing is also available on the river shore.

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