7 Must-Visit Places In Historic St Augustine

Historic St Augustine

See the best of St Augustine during your visit to the Nation’s oldest city. There are dozens of touring opportunities and self-guided adventures to take in this town. The rich history of this ancient city is evident in the historical attractions you’ll encounter here, but you’ll want to prioritize some of the must-see historic places if you’re only visiting St Augustine for vacation!

St Augustine Land and Sea Tours offers the best experiences of the historic district in St Augustine. Not only do they offer walking tours so you can stroll through this historic city, but there are plenty of other touring opportunities available to save your feet and time on your trip.

Hop on a golf cart tour to save your feet from walking through the city, and enjoy our detailed guided tours through this stunning city. Your professional guide will tell you the tales of this historic city as the balmy breeze blows through your hair while you sit back and relax.

Check out our website before your visit to choose your preferred tour option and schedule ahead!

1) Visit The Oldest House In Florida

As you stroll down the main drag of Saint Augustine, St George Street, you’ll find The Oldest House Museum Complex! This old structure is owned and operated by the St Augustine Historic Society, and admission to the home will give you the following access:

  • Tour the house

  • Visit the Webb Museum

  • See the Ornamental Gardens

  • Access to A Rotating Exhibit Gallery

  • Museum Store

The Oldest House Museum Complex is also known as the Gonzalez-Alvarez House and is the oldest surviving home from the first Spanish colonial period. This complex is now regarded as a historic landmark in St Augustine and is located within walking distance of St George Street.

2) Discover The Oldest Wooden School House

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like for students centuries ago during the Spanish period in Florida, then you must take a trip to the Oldest Wooden School House in St Augustine. Also found on George Street, this home was built for the Genoply family and is a one-room, one-story wooden house where children took lessons centuries ago.

This is a must-see location in St Augustine’s historic district because it’s night and day in comparison to the modern schoolhouse. It’s made entirely of wood, and the kitchen and restrooms are built separately from the main house.

Tour the home to see original school supplies, textbooks, and items left behind by the family. Check out the outdoor kitchen, and see the productive pecan tree that’s flourished on the property for 250 years!

3) See The Oldest Masonry Fort In The Nation

If it’s military history you’re after, then you must see the Castillo de San Marcos while visiting historic St Augustine. There’s something to explore for every history fan in this location. There are musket and cannon demonstrations every weekend, rangers and volunteers in period garb, and thematic programs to teach you about the fort’s military history.

All volunteers and rangers are happy to answer your questions or tell you tales from the Castillo de San Marcos and surrounding historic sites in St Augustine and will take pictures with you to commemorate your visit to this national historic landmark.

4) Explore The Historic Flagler College

While scouting out St Augustine’s historic sites, you can’t miss out on the Flagler College, once known as a magnificent hotel. Your tour starts in the rotunda where you can begin to explore the courtyard as a tour guide tells you about the Spanish Renaissance architecture and the techniques used to build this stunning structure.

Throughout the tour, you’ll experience the true extravagance of this magnificent college, where original hotel furnishings, art installations, and impressive artifacts can be found around the property.

5) Relax In The Plaza De La Constitucion

Although the Plaza de la Constitucion was once used as a commercial and slave market near King Street, this is one of the most relaxing historic sites in St Augustine due to its proximity to the Matanzas Bay and the approach of the Bridge of the Lions in historic downtown.

Sit back and relax as you watch the hustle and bustle of other tourists and take in the smells of the city’s restaurants and specialty shops to help you relax on a busy day of exploring the St Augustine historic district.

6) Stroll The Oldest Street In The Country

As you visit the St Augustine historic sites in the area, you have to make a stop at Aviles Street, also known as the oldest street in the country.

Enter the street under a bold stone archway and meander through the area where you will experience one of the most interesting places in Augustine’s historic district.

7) Visit The Narrowest Street

Treasury Street is the only seven-foot-wide street. It connects to Bay Street on the waterfront, which was once the Royal Spanish Treasury. It was made so that pirates could not drive a carriage and horses down the alley to steal gold from the treasury.

Now, it’s one of the best places in the historic district for a photo op while on vacation with family and friends.

Take In The Historic District

While you’re planning a trip to historic St Augustine, you have to plan a tour with St Augustine Land and Sea Tours. We offer some of the most comprehensive tours of the city, so you won’t miss a single historic landmark. From King Street to the most historic sites in the area, we’ll make sure you experience the best parts of the historic district.

Visit our website to plan your next experience today!

Duration
1 hour
Group Size
6 to 32

Dolphin Eco History Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through time and nature on a History and Dolphin Watch Boat Tour in St. Augustine, Florida. Set sail along the picturesque waters of the Matanzas Bay, where the city's rich history comes to life as you glide past centuries-old landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos and the historic bayfront. Knowledgeable guides will regale you with tales of St. Augustine's Spanish colonial past, pirate legends, and maritime history, all while keeping a keen eye on the waters for playful dolphins that often frolic in these pristine waters. This tour offers a perfect blend of educational insights and enchanting encounters with nature, making it a must-do experience for visitors of all ages.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 10

St. Augustine Boat and Golf Cart Tour

Great shared tour to enjoy St Augustine from land and sea. Combines a boat tour with a golf cart tour of St Augustine. We are now providing transportation from local area hotels. Call us to inquire.

The perfect way to experience St Augustine for those that would like to keep walking to a minimum. This tour combines a 1:15 large body of water minutes narrated boat tour of Matanzas harbor with magnificent views of the city with a one hour narrated golf cart tour for you to get up close to all the amazing landmarks the oldest city has to offer with live commentary from your city certified tour guide/driver. a blue bus parked in front of a palm treeIncludes complimentary bottled water or soda. This is a shared tour. To choose a private activity, select our Private Boat and Golf Cart Tour just for your group.

On the boat choose between the open top deck or the lower covered deck and then feel the breeze under the covered canopy of the limo golf cart. During the land portion of the tour, you will pass by the Plaza de la Constitucion, Castillo dea statue in a park with Lightner Museum in the background San Marcos, Former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and Alcazar and Casa Monica hotels. Then you will visit the Mision Nombre de Dios site, the Fountain of Youth among others. Depending on the departure time chosen, a small boat in a body of watera train traveling down tracks next to a treeyour tour may start with the golf cart or the boat.

Duration
1 hour
Group Size
Up to 10

St. Augustine Shared Golf Cart Tour

Visit the entire city of St Augustine on a Golf Cart! The perfect way to experience St Augustine for those that would like to keep walking to a minimum. The one hour narrated golf cart tour allows you to get up close to all the amazing landmarks the oldest city has to offer with live commentary from your city certified tour guide/driver.

You will board your golf cart at the Plaza de la Constitucion. After a short introduction, your tour will proceed by the waterfront with maginifecnt views of the Matanzas Harbor and the Bridge of Lions. The tour will pass in front of the Castillo de San Marcos on its way to The Mision Nombre de Dios site where the city founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, first arrived. You will then drive by Fountain of Youth, Magnolia Street and the Old Jail site.

Once downtown, your tour will pass by the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, Alcazar and Casa Monica hotels and then by the Governors House and down Aviles Street (Oldest Street in the US). You will be in the oldest part of town where you will be able to observe examples of Spanish and British colonial architecture.

Before returning to the Plaza, you will drive by the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church and the outside of the Hotel Ponce de Leon where the largest collection of in use Louis Comfort Tiffany-stained glass windows collection may be observed.

We are now providing transportation from local area hotels. Call us to inquire.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
At least 4

Private St Augustine Boat and Walking Tour

The Most Complete Tour Of St Augustine From Land To Water! Experience St. Augustine combining a walking tour and narrated boat tour of the US oldest city. Includes a visit to the most important landmarks through three historic periods: Discovery and Conquest, Spanish and British periods, the Flagler era. During this 2.5 hour tour, you will get a broad perspective of the importance of St. Augustine in our history.

Narrated boat tour aboard the Victory III, in the Matanzas Bay followed by a walking tour of downtown St Augustine including a visit to Flagler College formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Hotel Alcazar nowadays the Lightner museum. Capture unique pictures of Castillo de San Marcos, The St Augustine Lighthouse, bridge of Lions and other important sites.

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 10

History and Cheesecake St Augustine

Sunset tour with cheesecake and wine. We have combined a golf cart tour of the city with a cheesecake and wine tasting experience.

During this 90 minutes tour you will visit the most important sites in St Augustine on an electric cart at sunset. You will drive by the oldest parish; oldest street; Ponce de Leon and Alcazar hotels; Flagler’s Memorial Presbyterian Church and Fountain of Youth among others.

After the history tour, you will visit the elegant Bar Harbor Cheesecake Company where you will sample three flavors of cheesecakes each paired with a particular wine to enhance the flavor.

You and your new friends will seat down at a table and your Bar Harbor host will serve the cheesecakes sample for the nicest dessert experience in the oldest city.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 10

Private St. Augustine Boat and Golf Cart Tour

The ideal way to experience St Augustine for those who prefer to keep walking to a minimum when visiting the city. This tour combines a 1:15 mins narrated boat tour of Matanzas harbor with magnificent views of the city with a one hour narrated golf cart tour for you to get up close to all the amazing landmarks the oldest city has to offer with live commentary from your city certified tour guide/driver.

On the boat choose between the open top deck or the lower covered deck and then feel the breeze under the covered canopy of the limo golf cart. During the land portion of the tour, you will pass by the Plaza de la Constitucion, Castillo de San Marcos, Former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and Alcazar and Casa Monica hotels. Then you will visit the Mision Nombre de Dios site, the Fountain of Youth among others. Depending on the departure time chosen, your tour may start with the golf cart or the boat.

We are now providing transportation from local area hotels. Call us to inquire.