Tour and Attractions
The Old Town Trolley Trains
167 San Marco Ave, (904) 829-3800
The Old Town Trolley Trains takes you to all sightseeing attractions worth visiting on a private guided tour. It makes 19 stops for on and off re-boarding and leaves every
fifteen minutes. The driver is a licensed tour guide who entertains you with the history and anecdotes of St. Augustine during your tour.
Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains
170 San Marco Ave, (904) 829-6545
Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains route takes you around the city on a private guided tour to all the major attractions. This single venue enables you to enjoy the sights and sounds of 20 different, must see stops. Trains depart every fifteen minutes. A professional tour guide recounts the exciting history of the city as the various attractions are pointed out as well.
St. Augustine Attractions
The Lightner Museum
75 King St, (904) 824-2874
The Lightner Museum is the former Alcazar hotel, built by Henry Flagler 1887. Today it is the home of an extensive collection from the Victoriana era (1837-1901). The beautiful relics are exhibited on three different floors and will transport you on a journey back in time.
San Sebastian Winery
157 King St, (904) 826-1594
San Sebastian Winery is one of Florida’s premium wineries. You can enjoy a 20 minutes audio tour of the 18,000 square foot wine production facility. Further, a tasting tour is offered at the winery where the knowledgeable staff is happy to provide you with information about the wines you try.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
19 San Marco Ave, (904) 824-1606
Ripley’s Believe It or Not in St. Augustine is the original museum holding Robert Ripley’s extensive collection. Explore over 800 exhibits of art and oddities. Get ready to experience a thrilling adventure and be amazed by wonders from all corners of the world.
Fountain of Youth (Archaeological Park)
11 Magnolia Ave, (904) 829-3168 or (800) 356-8222
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park was discovered by Ponce de Leon on April 3, 1513. This 15 acre, 500 year old park is centered around the Spring House which contains the original Fountain of Youth spring and the landmark cross. The landmark cross is made of 27 coquina stones and believed to be placed by Ponce de Leon to mark his historical landing.
59 Saint George St., (904) 823-3378
Flagler College was originally the Ponce de Leon hotel, a luxury hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. It was the first hotel in the world with electricity. The old restaurant portion of the hotel houses the largest collection of original Louis Tiffany glass. The Spanish Renaissance architecture of this building is amazing and the details remarkable. Notice the bricks on the floor. This tour will give you insight into the historic Flagler-era.
The City Gates
& St. George Street during the 1700 St. Augustine was a walled city and the City Gates were the only way in and the only way out. It was originally built to protect the city. Today the City Gates are located at the entrance to St. George Street, the main walking street in the historic district. There is a wide selection of cafes, ice cream parlors, chocolate stores, restaurants and over 240 shops. There is no entrance fee to the City Gates and St. George Street.
Mission of Nombre de Dios
27 Ocean Avenue, (904) 824-2809 or (800) 342-6529
The mission of Nombre de Dios marks the beginning of Christianity in USA. The first Catholic parish Mass on US soil and was held here. Pedro Menendez de Aviles discovered this site in 1565 and it is today known as the founding site of St. Augustine. He proclaimed the land for Spain and the Church. This was to be a sacred spot where the Spanish settlers would begin devotion to Christianity.
*Prince of Peace Church was built in 1965 for the Mission’s Four Hundredth anniversary. The solid building of coquina stones represents the Christian faith’s strength.
* The Great Cross is 208 feet high and made of stainless steel. It too celebrates the Four Hundredth anniversary of the Mission and is a tribute to the thriving of Christianity.
* Our Lady of La Leche first shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother in USA.
* Fr. Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales: a statue of the chaplain of Menendez’ fleet and celebrant of the first parish Mass.
Castillo de San Marcos
1 South Castillo Drive, (904) 829-6506
Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest handmade national monument in the continental USA. The fort was built by the Spanish to protect their interests in the New World that later became known as America. Construction started in 1672 and ended in 1695. The fort is made of coquina stones. The unusual consistency of these compressed sea shells is the reason it remains standing to this day. The Monument site consists of 330 years of history and culture in an area of 20.5 acres.
* Powder Magazine: a vaulted chamber used to protect the fort’s gunpowder.
* Guard rooms: where the soldiers slept while they were on 24 h guard duty.
* Bastions each corner of the fort is protected by a diamond shaped bastion.
* Ravelin: shielded the fort’s entrance
The oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
14 Saint George St, (904) 824-0192 or 1-888-653-7245
The oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the US is a national treasure that dates back to the early 18th century. It is held together with wooden pegs and handmade nails. Everything in the house is made by hand. The schoolhouse is themed to represent a normal day at school.