Old City of St Augustine

St. Augustine's history as the nation's oldest continuously settled European community is the basis upon which its popularity as a major vacation destination is built. The city's preservation of historic landmarks, architecture, and sites has been richly accented by its semi-tropical climate, oceanside location, and natural beauty. There are so many ways to discover this unique area! Visit for a relaxing getaway, or to immerse yourself in the rich cultural influences. Visit to bask in sunshine, amidst beautiful flora and fauna. Or visit to enjoy the vast array of fine attractions, unique shops, fine galleries, exceptional restaurants and slendors of St. Augustine which attract and entertain visitors year-round.

The narrow brick paved streets of the Old City, once surrounded by a wall to protect the colonial residents, now offer scores of on-going activities, accented by a busy calendar of special events. There are fabulous guided tours built around all sorts of themes: culinary, art, history, hauntings, nature, tastings, chocolate, pirates, cemeteries, ecology, sailing, pubs, spirits, holiday decor, and more! Horse-drawn carriage rides around the Old City provide a unique way to absorb the stories of yesteryear, evening ghost tours delight you with their tales, step-on-and-off trolleys and trains bring you to landmarks and special locations, and harbor cruises and sailing trips provide other perspectives of this beautiful ancient city. There are so many ways to discover St. Augustine!

Evening Stroll on St. George St during Nights of Lights
Shops on St. George Street
Pedestrian-only 11 blocks of St. George St.
Unusual gifts in local shops
Music and al fresco dining
Side alleys reveal interesting booth of artisans and retailers

St. Augustine offers an astounding variety of things to do and see. The city's long history and varied cultural influences are evident in its streets, buildings, celebrations, museums, and cuisine. Within the Old City and just on its outskirts are many sites and happenings for visitors to discover and enjoy:

  • Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine
  • Bridge of Lions
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Colonial Quarter St. Augustine
  • Flagler College
  • Government House Museum
  • Lightner Museum
  • Lincolnville Historic District
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Old City Gates
  • Oldest House & Museum (Gonzalez-Alvarez House)
  • Oldest Wooden School House
  • Pena-Peck House
  • The Plaza de la Constitucion
  • Potter's Wax Museum
  • San Sebastian Winery
  • Spanish Military Museum
  • St. Augustine Arts Center
  • St. Augustine National Cemetery
  • St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
  • St. Photios Orthodox National Shrine
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Villa Zorayda
  • Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Festivals, religious pageants, historic re-enactments, ethnic heritage events, and celebrations of history and culture are frequent. Nights of Lights, which bathes the Old City with sparkling white holiday lights, Easter celebrations, spectacular Fourth of July fireworks over the bayfront, and New Years parties are great fun. Juried arts and craft fairs, seafood festivals, colonial celebrations, concerts, music festivals, food events, native American ceremonies, historic weapons demonstrations, and torchlight parades are loved by all ages.

Outside the Old City area are other many historic sites, attractions, events, and places to visit, such as

  • Alligator Farm Zoological Park
  • Anastasia State Park
  • Florida Agricultural Museum
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Fort Mose Historic State Park
  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Reserve
  • Marineland Dolphin Conservation
  • Mission of Nombre de Dios
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Outlet Shopping in St. Augustine
  • PGA Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • San Marco District
  • St. Augustine Amphitheater
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
  • St. Augustine Visitor Information Center
  • Vilano Town Center
  • Washington Oaks State Gardens
  • World Golf Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater

St. Augustine Beach

Anastasia Island is a large barrier island is just across the Bridge of Lions over the Matanzas River from the historic Old City of St. Augustine. Its eastern shore is lined with 14 miles of wide sandy public beach, the Atlantic Ocean surf, a maritime hammock, Anastasia State Park, and undulating dunes of sea oats. The beach is perfect for swimming, catching some rays, shell collecting, bicycling, brid watching, and building sand castles. Watersports abound, including fishing, surfing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, boating, paddleboards, and more. Rentals are available on the island. Watch shorebirds galore, hunt for seashells, and keep your eyes posted for glimpses of dolphins breaking the waves and migrating right whales. Anastasia is also home to the 165-ft. black-and-white striped St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, the public Beach Fishing Pier with Volleyball Courts and Wednesday Farmer's Market. Fort Matanzas National Monument is a short drive to the south, and nearby are Fiesta Falls mini golf, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Marsh Creek Country Club, many unique small shops, fine restaurants and casual eateries, and special events. St. Augustine Amphitheater is a state-of-the-art performing arts venue for audiences of 4000+. It plays host to the Saturday morning Old City Farmer's Market, plus a year-round schedule of concerts, fairs, festivals and other cultural events. There are 2 public tennis courts and a dog park at Ron Parker Park on Anastasia Island. From A Street and Ocean Trace Road you can drive and park on the beach (fee required).

Make Casa de Suenos your headquarters for a St. Augustine adventure vacation!

Villa Zorada's Exotic Architecture
Horse-drawn carriage tour through the Old City
The Oldest House Museum
Flagler College, built as the Ponce de Leon Hotel
colorful festival dance costumes
Black and White Striped St. Augustine Lighthouse
surf fishing
Flag Flying over Fort Matanzas
Flagler's Memorial Presbyterian Church
Monthly First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine
The Lightner Museum Complex
TPC Golf in Ponte Vedra
Couple on St Augustine beach
Kayaking in the local waters
Nature area along the Intracoastal Waterway