Located on the northeast coast of Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-inhabited, European-established settlement in the United States. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, St. Augustine was initially the capital of Spanish Florida and an important military, strategic, and trading outpost.
Home to some of the nation’s most stunning examples of Spanish Colonial architecture, an assortment of shops, restaurants, and museums, and numerous historical attractions and reenactments, St. Augustine is a unique, family-friendly place to spend a day, or more!
With more than 60 attractions to choose from, there’s something for everyone in this city.
If you want to immerse yourself in the history of the nation’s oldest city, we recommend the following destinations:
Built by Spanish settlers to defend Florida and the all-important Atlantic trade route, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is the oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States. Today, the Castillo represents an outstanding relic of the Spanish empire in the New World. Step inside and experience more than 450 years of history at your feet.
Completed in 1742, the Fort Matanzas watchtower was built to defend St. Augustine’s southern approach and the 300 acres of the coastal environment surrounding it. Today, visitors to the monument can enjoy historic reenactments, ecological tours, and more.
Founded in 1968, St. Augustine’s Flagler College offers tours for both visitors and prospective students. Experience the campus’s beautiful architecture, sweeping green spaces, and many art buildings and galleries.
The Lightner Museum is among the most unique museums in the area. Visitors can explore a diverse collection ranging from mummies and shrunken heads to priceless stained glass and crystal pieces.
When you’re finished browsing, explore the assortment of shops around the historic district, which offer souvenirs, snacks, antiques, arts and crafts, clothing, and much more.
Once you’ve had all the history you can take, refresh with the waterside attractions of your choice. Offering 43 miles of pristine beaches, St. Augustine is the perfect place for a day of rejuvenation, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, and parasailing. You can also enjoy family-friendly boat tours and adults-only pirate ship parties, depending on your preferences. Ready to book? Ask our team about all of the attractions, tours, and top spots in St. Augustine.
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