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Where in the world: USA  /  Florida  /  St. Augustine
You'll find an abundance of things to do in St Augustine, one of America's oldest cities. The Spanish colonial architecture still accents the city's various buildings and public spaces. Take a step back in time at Castillo de San Marcos--a deactivated fort constructed in 1672--and nearby museums, including St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Those looking for sun and sand can head to nearby St. Augustine Beach or peaceful Crescent Beach.

St. Augustine is best known for its Nightlife, Castles, and Historic Sites.

Top 15 things to do in St. Augustine

1. St. Augustine Distillery

Taste handcrafted spirits and see the preparation and distillation process at St. Augustine Distillery. The distillery produces small batches of vodka, gin, rum, and Florida's only brand of small-batch bourbon. After the tasting tour, you can buy the distillery's products and memorabilia at its store. Children are welcome to take a tour, but visitors under 21 won't be able to taste the drinks. While the distillery doesn't serve food, the building has a restaurant. Tours and tastings are free. If you arrive by car, you can use the distillery's free parking.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $29 › Learn more about St. Augustine Distillery

2. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

Located next to the impressive 50 m (165 ft) lighthouse at the oldest port in America, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. aims to preserve local maritime history with dozens of exhibits dedicated to marine sciences. Tour the lighthouse keeper’s house, the historical home of Major William Harn, or learn more about the shipbuilding industry and view artifacts of shipwrecks at the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Boatworks. Make the 214-step climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city and surrounding coastline. Take advantage of the museum’s free audio guides to get the most out of the exhibits.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $24 › Learn more about St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

3. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The history of Florida begins at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Constructed by the Spanish in 1672, over a century after the city's founding by the Spanish conquistadores, the fort came under British control in 1763. Twenty years later, the fort went back to Spanish hands. It was a U.S. army base between 1821 and 1924, when the U.S. government declared it a national monument. The fort became part of a national park after nearly 250 years of military service. The deactivated fort now attracts tourists with its storied history and well-preserved military architecture. Explore the history of this structure by walking among its stone walls, or join a guided walk with one of the park's rangers. 
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

4. St. Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Sit back as the talented Old Town Trolley conductors share the history, attractions and sights of America's oldest city. Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, St. Augustine is a unique city filled with colonial Spanish neighborhoods, magnificent buildings and a charm all its own. The hop-on hop-off tour features live narrations including 100 points of interest. Your ticket also includes admission into the St. Augustine History Museum.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $38 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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Best tours in St. Augustine

5. Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort inspires more than 7 million annual visitors to "ride the movies," offering a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making and TV shows. It features two theme parks, seven themed areas, numerous 3-D rides, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. Created by one of the biggest film studios in the world, the complex provides a mix of rides, live shows, and costumed characters. As you walk around the centrally located lagoon, look for special appearances by Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, the Simpsons, Shrek, and Woody Woodpecker, the official mascot of the complex.
Suggested duration: 4h 30 min
Tours from $130 › Learn more about Universal Orlando Resort

6. St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine Beach

Stretching the length of the city and beyond, St. Augustine Beach offers miles of sandy coastline with numerous public beaches. Spend the day along this coast at Vilano Beach, St. Augustine Beach, or Crescent Beach. In the middle of this long shoreline, you can discover Anastasia Park, a beautiful region where no cars are allowed, leaving the park pristine and unspoiled. At the end of the day, enjoy a nice meal or drink at one of the venues on U.S. Highway A1A, known as "Beachfront Avenue" to locals and visitors. Just remember that all pets must be kept on leashes while visiting the beaches.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. St. George Street

St. George Street is a center of leisurely seaside social activity. The pedestrian street is jam-packed with shops and bars that offer souvenirs of the nation's oldest city, which was founded in 1565. Many of the restaurants serve food that gets high praise from visitors, and some were around before the street became a tourist attraction, such as St. George Tavern. Be sure to refer to the attraction by its full name because George Street is another street in town.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $24 › Learn more about St. George Street

8. St. Augustine Ghost Tour: A Ghostly Encounter

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This is a 90-minute, unscripted walking tour that will take guests deep into St. Augustine’s darker history. Professionally licensed guides share stories passed from one generation to the next about the oldest city’s strange and difficult past. Tours are multi-generational, family friendly and pet friendly. Although guests with mobility limitations will also enjoy the tour, there are some steeets that may present a problem for certain wheelchairs/motorized wheelchairs.Tours include some history and a lot of mystery. Guides will also provide instructions on how to use ghost hunting tools (which can be rented for $5). Guests are allowed and encouraged to bring along their own ghost hunting tools as well.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Take a guided tour of St. Augustine Wild Reserve, a rescue center for abandoned and confiscated exotic animals, from tiny birds to African lions and tigers. You'll be introduced to each of the species through basic biology facts and individual life stories. You'll have a chance to get up close with most of the animals, including wild cats, wolves, hyenas, numerous bird species, and a very rare golden tabby tiger. Depending on the tour, you may witness animal feedings, tiger bubble baths, or both. Reserve your spot as early in advance as possible to ensure availability.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Flagler College

Explore the historical campus of Flagler College, named after the famous industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler. You can wander the grounds on your own or take a student-led tour that grants access to more rooms. The centerpiece of the campus is Ponce de Leon Hall. The Spanish Renaissance-style building, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1888 as a luxurious hotel, but today serves as a dining hall and residence hall for female students. Gaze up at the dining hall ceiling to see 200 hand-painted lions with lightbulbs in their mouths. The building also has colorful stained-glass windows and mosaics. Leave time to relax in the scenic college grounds.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Flagler College

11. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

First opened in 1893, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park houses every species of crocodilian, including American alligators and crocodiles. The farm has become a full zoological park, displaying many exotic species of birds, primates, and reptiles. You can explore the park's expansive grounds as you wander through different habitats, including albino alligators, lemurs of Madagascar, and reptiles native to Florida. The daily wildlife shows are a highlight--each one showcases a certain species or group. Alligator shows sometimes include a feeding session.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $250 › Learn more about St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

12. Secrets of St Augustine Ghost Tours

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DISCLAIMER: Dion Moore has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. While he fights this battle, A Ghostly Encounter has agreed to help keep his business afloat by hosting all his tours.Tours will depart from 12 St George Street, adjacent to the Oldest Wooden School House.A 90-minute walking tour will guide guests through the historic and haunted streets of the Oldest City to hear ghost stories, tall tales, and legends. You will visit the City Gates, Public Burial Grounds, Tolomato Cemetery, the Old Funeral Parlor, And the Grounds of Castillo De San Marcos, ending at the same location you started from. Our overall group size is 24 or less between both companiesIf the time you are looking for is not available please go to A Ghostly Encounter on Trip Advisor as more times may be available. Thanks for all your help Dion
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Nature & Wildlife Tours

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $25 › Learn more about Nature & Wildlife Tours

15. Sunset Cruise of St. Augustine

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Get lost with the glorious wonder of St. Augustine's attractions. Our vessel OSPREY is specifically made for the adult crowd and welcomes anyone 21 and older. We have a beer and wine bar on board, with a fantastic selection, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase as well. Feel free to bring small appetizers and snacks on board, but no outside alcohol allowed please!The ISLAND BREEZE is family friendly for ages 7+, and you are more than welcome to BYOB!
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $46 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

Best tours in St. Augustine