Explore St. Augustine

Things to Do in St. Augustine: Top Attractions

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States, which makes it one of the most interesting destinations in all of Florida. In fact, the city celebrates its 450th anniversary in September this year. Travelers to the old city will find many attractions to keep them occupied such as visiting historical museums and sites, boutique shopping, fine dining and nightly entertainment. It is also a family-friendly destination with plenty of fun for the kids throughout the city.

Beyond the history and the amazing architecture, St. Augustine offers lots of recreation possibilities. Beachcombing, kayaking and fishing are popular pastimes at St. Augustine's plentiful beach areas, parks and natural lands. And, if you are a golfer, some of Florida’s best courses are in the area like the King & Bear at the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The fort is the oldest and largest stone fort in the continental United States, built by the Spanish during 1672-1695 with blocks of coquina. The fort endures as the nation’s oldest and only remaining 17th-century stone fort. $15 ages 16 and up. Demonstrations held F-Su. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Anastasia State Park

Visitors will discover shaded picnic areas, campsites and nature trails and can enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and saltwater fishing on the Atlantic Ocean. 8 am-sunset, daily. $8/vehicle, $4/single-occupant vehicle and $2 pedestrians/cyclists.

World Golf Hall of Fame

Experience historic artifacts, personal memorabilia of famous golfers, interactive exhibits, an 18-hole putting course and Florida’s largest IMAX screen. Nearby is the World Golf Village featuring luxurious accommodations and two championship golf courses.

Colonial Quarter

Step back in time with this living history compound that depicts how residents lived from the 16th through 18th centuries. Created with the help of University of Florida historians, the area features artisans’ shops selling period items, blacksmith and military demonstrations, and the popular Taberna del Caballo restaurant.

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

Home of one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and treasures. See the world’s only authentic pirate chest, its oldest wanted poster and one of only three Jolly Roger flags in existence. Fire a cannon, climb aboard a ship and learn about famous pirates.

Fountain of Youth

Legend has it that it was here, on the site of the ancient Indian village of Seloy, that in 1513, Ponce de Leon arrived in search of magical waters that could preserve youth. In 1565, Pedro Menendez founded St. Augustine here.

Mission Nombre de Dios

The first Easter Mass in the New World was held at the mission in 1565. Masses are still held at the site along the bay. The walking tour of the Mission grounds includes the Mission plaque, Father Lopez statue, Our Lady of La Leche Shrine and many more historical markers. Free admission.