Our Handpicked Suggestions

Our Handpicked Suggestions

You will find an array of attractions and restaurants in the nation's oldest city. From living history museums like the Castillo de San Marcos to Gilded-Age hotels, swashbuckling adventures and specialized tours in the air, on the sea, and in the heart of the historic district. We have hand picked our favorites to share with you.

Attraction 1

The Alligator Farm

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts. The Alligator Farm’s history as an attraction and an accredited zoo are nearly as exciting as zipping across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum serves as a scenic and educational museum. It stands 165 feet above sea level, overlooking the Matanzas Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from Anastasia Island. Visitors can climb the 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse for a spectacular view of the city and ocean. Walk through and experience the triumphant history of this lighthouse in the Keeper’s House Museum. Stroll the picturesque grounds or enjoy one of the many different guided tours offered to St. Augustine visitors.

Attraction 2
Attraction 3

St. Augustine Farmer’s Market

The Farmers and Crafts Market at the St. Johns County Pier on Wednesday mornings and at the Amp Theatre on Saturday mornings offer fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, and local arts and crafts. With 60 - 80 different vendors, visitors can find a variety of unique, quality goods. These dedicated artists handcraft each item; and the food is locally grown and handpicked. The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association sponsors this event. This beachside farmers market makes for a great outing on Wednesday morning. Visitors can browse the vast selection of locally produced goods and then afterward take a stroll along scenic St. Augustine Beach. Farmers Markets help the local economy by allowing local merchants to sustain their business and offer fresh, local foods.

Anastasia State Park

With 1,600 acres, including four miles of pristine beach, tidal salt marshes, and hammock preserves, Anastasia State Park has most everything a beachgoer might desire: sunbathing, surfing, swimming, fishing, sailboats, paddle boarding, and sailboarding. This beach boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, a variety of birds, turtles, and other wildlife. Visitors can walk the nature trails that wind through the dunes shaded by maritime hammocks. Spectacular sunrises can be viewed from this spot and the oldest city's inlet, where the Matanzas meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Attraction 4
Attraction 5

St. Augustine Distillery

St. Augustine Distillery creates award-winning whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka. It offers free tours and tastings to St. Augustine visitors in the unique setting of St. Augustine's former ice plant building. The guided tour takes guests through a number of exhibits, including artifacts that reveal the fascinating history of Old Florida and the many ways in which the art of distilling spirits has changed -- and not changed -- over the years. The St. Augustine Distillery specializes in farm-to-bottle spirits. The tour also explores the historical significance of the ice plant building, constructed in stages between 1905 and 1927.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

The World's First Oceanarium, Marineland opened in 1938 as "Marine Studios." Now a dolphin conservation center, Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers several ways to interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, as well as hands-on exhibits and educational programs to inspire and connect guests with marine life.

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