Visit Historic St. Augustine Today

As the city approaches its 450th anniversary, there are more fun and interesting things to do than ever in the Nation’s Oldest City. Walk through the charming narrow brick streets while enjoying St. Augustine’s local restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops and museums. Numerous tours abound, including historic walking and riding tours, Flagler Legacy tours, food and wine tours, dolphin watching tours, kayak tours, and even ghost tours. There are entertaining and affordable activities for the whole family. See below for some of our favorite attractions.

A Brief History of St. Augustine

St. Augustine was inhabited by American Indians for thousands of years before Ponce de Leon of Spain became the first European to set foot on the continent in 1513. It is believed he came ashore close to the historic mission grounds where the 208-foot stainless steel cross presently resides. Pedro Menendez later founded St. Augustine in 1565. It has been occupied ever since, making St. Augustine the oldest continually occupied European settlement in North America. The city changed leadership twice between the Spanish and British via treaties before eventually becoming part of the United States in 1821. Henry Flagler, a partner of John D. Rockefeller arrived in St. Augustine in the 1880s and turned the town into a winter resort for the wealthy northern elite. He is responsible for some of the largest landmarks in town, including the Ponce de Leon Hotel (currently Flagler College), Alcazar Hotel (currently City Hall and the Lightner Museum) and Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he and his daughter are interred in a marble mausoleum. During the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King led many marches and peaceful protests in St. Augustine which generated national and international press and helped lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. St. Augustine is currently preparing for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014,  and the 450thanniversary of St. Augustine in 2015. Join our Facebook page  or email list for news about the upcoming events in St. Augustine.

Save Gas, Take the Beach Bus into Town

Old Town Trolley Tours has partnered with our hotel to provide transportation via their ‘Beach Bus’  to and from the historic district for guests with trolley tickets, which can be purchased at our front desk. Tours are available daily between 9am and 4:30pm. The trolley tour is a fully narrated 80-minute tour that has 22 stops throughout the historic area that guests can get off and on throughout the day. It is a great way to get an overview of the town. Tickets are good for three consecutive days and include the Beach Bus transportation back and forth from the hotel.

Tours and Attractions in the St. Augustine Area

FREE Attractions and Things to Do:

Wine Tasting at the San Sebastian Winery -
A Stroll along the Bayfront and around the Castillo de San Marcos
Walk down Aviles Street – the Nation’s oldest street
St. George Pedestrian Street
Plaza de La Constitution
Tolomato Cemetery
Cathedral Basilica (donation recommended)
Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church (donation recommended)
Mission of Nombre de Dios (donation recommended)
Fort Matanzas National Monument (south of St. Augustine)
St. Augustine Farmers Market (Saturdays mornings at the Amphitheatre)

Historical Tours:

Old Town Trolley Sightseeing Tours
Ripley’s Red Train Tours
Gold Tours
Segway Tours
Carriage Rides
Flagler Legacy Tour
City Walks – walking tours
Flagler Era Tour by Tour St. Augustine
Civil Right Walking Tour by Tour St. Augustine

Ghost Tours – St. Augustine is one of the most haunted cities in the country