Summer is here and so are your out of town guests! In addition to spending some quality time with you, they’re in the nation’s oldest city… so of course, they want to see the sites and experience St. Augustine to its fullest. Naturally, they’re looking to you to take them on tour. We’ve put together a handy reference guide so you’ll be touted as St. Augustine’s Tour Guide Extraordinaire.
We’ve omitted some of the more obvious well-known sites and attractions such as the Alligator Farm, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Trolley Tours, Fort Mose, the Old Jail, Fountain of Youth, San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine Distillery. We love all of these and they are must-visits… but remember, we’re trying to put the “extraordinaire” in your title.
Visit our Local Sea Turtle Hospital
Pay a visit to our convalescent friends at the Sea Turtle Hospital. (No flowers needed!) The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab offers tours on the second and fourth Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 per person. There is a limit of 10 people per tour. Reservations are required. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sail St. Augustine
See St. Augustine from the water when you set sail aboard a private sailboat with your own personal captain. Stay in the bay, go offshore, sail on a monohull or a catamaran - St. Augustine Sailing provides all types of custom sailboat charters.
Go on Tour with St. Augustine City Tours
Explore downtown St. Augustine via guided golf cart tour! St. Augustine City Tours offers custom tours for any occasion as well as regular tours including a Queen Isabella Winery Tour, Pedro Menendez Historic Tour, Ponce de Leon Craft Brewery Tour and even a Celtic Pub Tour.
Visit Lightner Museum
Get out of the heat while learning more about St. Augustine’s history. Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Today it is home to one of the finest collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country. The Museum is open to the public seven days a week and features self-guided tours, group tours by reservation for adults and children, and demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.
Relax with Koastal Paddleboard Yoga
Start your morning right at this local floating yoga studio. Koastal Paddleboard Yoga offers instruction for all levels, teaches individuals, groups and offers classes for special occasions. As you relax into your board on Salt Run, you will immerse yourself in history to one side (the Lighthouse) and natural beauty (Anastasia Island) on the other.
Explore Fort Matanzas
With so much attention focused on Castillo de San Marco, Fort Matanzas is often overlooked in the sightseeing itinerary. Nevertheless, the historical significance of Fort Matanzas cannot be ignored as this was the stronghold that guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development. Board the FREE 36-passenger ferry to take a self-guided tour of the historic fort.
Escape with Ripple Effect Ecotours
Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life as you drift through the coastal estuary surrounded by sand dunes, salt marsh grasses, birds of all kinds, dolphins, and manatees. Ripple Effect offers a variety of real Florida experiences, including kayaking and boating ecotours and fishing along Florida’s beautiful waterways and wildlife rich landscapes.
Experience Colonial Quarter
Rather than learning about St. Augustine’s history, experience it! Colonial Quarter is a living history museum recreating the life of Spanish soldiers and their families in 1740 St. Augustine. Costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. Tradesmen go about their occupations in blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, candle making and other trades. Houses and gardens reveal the experiences of how families lived, how they grew and cooked their food, and how they tended their livestock in 18th century St. Augustine.