What to do and see in St. Augustine, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Velvet Champine

Saint Augustine is a luxurious, romantic vacation spot—you’ll find classic hotels and intimate restaurants. Those can be a dime a dozen, though. What sets Saint Augustine apart is its history—it’s the oldest European settlement in the U.S. And nowhere else in the world can you taste the waters of the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park (where Ponce de Leon may have landed). Who knows, if you vacation here, maybe you won’t need that Botox!
Restaurants in St. Augustine

1. St. Augustine Wild Reserve

St. Augustine, FL 32092 +1 904-940-0664
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5 based on 1 reviews

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. Tours are held in the afternoon, on Mon, Wed, and Sat at 2pm. Email to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. Guests will be given a guided tour of the compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the species arrived at our sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed a close-up view of the exotic animals, and will be able to venture closer to adult African lions and tigers than they ever imagined. Guests will meet our amazing white tigers, orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, lynxes, leopards, hyenas, coati mundis, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white. We feed all of the big cats on the tours, and set up a tiger bubblebath for at least one tiger. We do not allow photography, however, we do offer a fabulous photo CD for a small donation.

Reviewed By Tanya C - Bethlehem, Georgia, United States

This is an incredible 7 acre reserve for rescued exotic wildlife. These animals ONLY have a chance at life thanks to the owner and incredible volunteer staff that run the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. You will get very close to amazing animals that you would normally never see in your life. The staff is very knowledgeable and very passionate to care for these beautiful creatures. I fell in love with each one! These animals are here due to ignorance and abuse of the worse species on the earth.. HUMANS! But there is comfort to know there are some humans that do care and make a difference. The tour is approx. 2 hours and you individual stories on each animals history, can ask questions and will leave much more educated than when you arrived. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

2. St. Augustine Distillery

112 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4351 +1 904-825-4962
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

St. Augustine Distillery

St. Augustine Distillery is a locally owned and operated, artisanal spirits distillery in historic, downtown St. Augustine. Located within a beautifully restored ice plant from the turn-of-the-century, our mission is simple: Educate and inspire our guests about our handcrafted, award-winning rum, bourbon whiskey, gin, and vodka. All of our spirits are made from local and regional agricultural products. The result is undeniable; world-class spirits that create the best local cocktails imaginable. Come taste for yourself. St. Augustine Distillery offers free tours and tastings seven days a week.

Reviewed By wireman_11 - Winnipeg, Canada

We visited on March 28th as part of visit to St Augustine.
It was an easy walk from the downtown shopping district.
It was a fun tour and our guide was very informative about the area and distillery process and quite humorous. We also got to sample various products that are made there including award winning products before being escorted to the store where we sampled a few more award winning products before being encouraged to purchase their products. I must note that there was no pressure to purchase.

3. Flagler College

74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4342 +1 904-823-3378
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Flagler College

Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. This National Historic Landmark serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.The grand hotel launched the careers of young architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings who are noted most for the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Office Buildings adjacent to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.The Edison Electric Company powered the building with steam heat and 4,000 electric lights, making the Ponce one of the nation’s first electrified buildings. Louis Comfort Tiffany is credited with the building’s interior design including the stained glass and mosaics. Murals were completed by George Willoughby Maynard and Virgilio Tojetti.The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then, the college has spent more than $43 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings.

Reviewed By Mountainman827 - Custer, South Dakota

Flager a railroad magnet build this fancy resort for all his wealthy friends. He spared no expense. Contains largest private Tiffany window collection. They have 2 tours a day that were great.

4. Memorial Presbyterian Church

36 Sevilla St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3535 +1 904-829-6451
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4.5 based on 675 reviews

Memorial Presbyterian Church

Located in historic St. Augustine, Florida, Memorial Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are not just any church. We are Florida's first Presbyterian congregation, established in 1824. CNN has named us one of the eight religious wonders in the United States. The present sanctuary was given by Henry Morrison Flagler and dedicated in 1890 as a memorial to his daughter Jenny Louise Benedict who died from complications from childbirth. Mr. Flagler, his first wife, Mary, daughter Jenny Louise and granddaughter, Marjorie, are entombed in the Flagler family mausoleum at Memorial. The church is open for visitors Monday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the church by one of our trained docents during the week and then return on Sunday to join us in worship. Our visitors come from across the state, the nation, and the world.

Reviewed By Ceceil - Pennsylvania

Henry Flagler built this church in memory of his daughter and granddaughter, and it is obvious he loved them both very much. Every detail of this church is beautiful, from the imposing dome above the church to the quiet reverence inside. Knowledgeable docents tell the history and answer any questions visitors may have. The stained glass windows with the Apostles' Creed on them eloquently show Henry Flagler's deep faith and ecumenical spirit, and a peace and profound reverence permeate the understated beauty.

5. Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

38 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4417 +1 904-824-2806
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Reviewed By FrankinSC - Anderson, South Carolina

Spanish architecture, stained glass windows, deep red lofted ceiling, beautifully sculpted altar. No admission fee, just stroll in and enjoy the quiet majesty

6. The Ximenez-Fatio House

28 Cadiz St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4442 +1 904-829-3575
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The Ximenez-Fatio House

Dating to the Spanish town plan of 1573, the property is a centerpiece of St. Augustine’s oldest settlement and is a feature along the city’s first platted thoroughfare, Aviles Street.“The Ximenez~Fatio House museum is one of the first to interpret 19th century women’s history”William Seale, Ph.D.; author, historian, and consultant for interpretation since the 1970’s.

Reviewed By travelfamily9 - New Port Richey, FL

they were closed on a cold, wet, rainy day so we returned and had a very nice tour. thanks Aaron! love to hear about how this boardinghouse ran and who stayed there but especially how it was run by women! neat bit of history. lovely...MoreThank you very much for braving the elements! Yes indeed, having three successive female owners really was an amazing accomplishment for such a young industry in America. Please come back to see us again.

7. Medieval Torture Collection

100 Saint George St, 2nd Floor, St. Augustine, FL 32084-6611 +1 904-373-7777
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Medieval Torture Collection

The "Medieval Torture Collection" reminds us just how much suffering humanity can inflict in the name of cause and justice when the right tools are placed in the hands of fanatics, madmen and tyrants. The exhibit fills more than 3000 sq. ft. Spend an hour here and you will better know the nature of fear. Are you brave enough?

Reviewed By YINYANGJB - Sebring, Florida

It was fun but not as realistic as i thought. it would be fine for tweens and older. it was over all a good time.

8. St. Augustine Beach

Saint Augustine Beach, St. Augustine, FL
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

St. Augustine Beach

Reviewed By Sandman1314 - Ontario, Canada

Love St Augustine Beach. It is the old style Florida Beach, no high rises just small condos and hotels so you have great view of just beach looking north and south. Great little market on Wednesday morning that I was there, at the pier parking lot. No chain fast food places just local restaurants. Nice laid back feeling.

9. Castillo de San Marcos

1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3252 +1 904-829-6506
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Castillo de San Marcos

Reviewed By Leslie1736 - Simi Valley, California

Amazing history regarding the fort and what was to become the oldest city in the United States. The history of the fort and how they protected the area from the vantage point of the fort is fascinating. Beautiful views of the surrounding area as well. Definitely worth the $10 admission fee to share in the history of the area.

10. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

100 Red Cox Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080-5443 +1 904-829-0745
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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than you might expect! Climb 219 steps for a breathtaking view of both St. Aug and the beaches. Or go below to discover object from a British shipwreck. Take free with admission guided tours at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Or come early at 9 am to beat the heat. Late in the day is also cooler and we are open all summer until 7 pm. Families can enjoy a self guided tour that includes a shipyard playground and a short nature trail. A small-craft boat building exhibition is on site, and you can see archaeologists at work on objects from under the sea. In the keepers' house see "At Home with the Harns in Post Civil War Household," which tells the story of Major William Harn who was at both Ft Sumter and Gettysburg as an artillery commander. He and his family lived as lighthouse keepers for 20 years after the war. Also climb aboard the sandbar in WRECKED! an exhibition about a 1782 British shipwreck following the American Revolution. Our Archaeologists have discovered this story just for you. Visitors can also encounter ghosts and spirits on the nighttime, Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse tower. Book this tour in advance because it fills up fast. And book mid-week to avoid the crowds. For general admission purchase your tickets on-line in advance w/coupon code LH15 to get a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Or join on the porch with a family membership for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. There is always more to come at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

Reviewed By Michael K - Atlanta, Georgia

My wife and I felt that the price of admission was a little higher than it should have been, but the story of the lighthouse and some of the history within the museum were pretty interesting. The guided tour was good, but it started to drag on a bit so we had to move on. The highlight is certainly the view from the top of the lighthouse. With 219 steps its a nice little workout if you go straight up.

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