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St. Augustine, Florida

Explorers will find idyllic weather, coastal calm, and Spanish colonial architecture in the US’s oldest city.

Our most recommended things to do in St. Augustine, Florida

St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

1. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Voted one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World”, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is celebrating its 28th year. With over 3 million sparkling white lights adorning every corner of the city and stretching for nearly 20 blocks, it creates an enchanted wonderland that will put a smile on your face and warm holiday memories in your heart. The open-air trolleys are perfect for sightseeing and taking pictures. Complimentary magical viewing glasses allow you to enjoy an enhanced, fully immersive Holiday Experience. Each year guests of the Old Town Trolley are asked to help choose the city’s Top 3 lighting displays. Winners of these prestigious awards will receive cash, prizes and one of the most sought-after trophies in the city! To provide guests with the safest and most comfortable sightseeing experience, only full rows for up to 4 people are available this year, to assure social distancing.

St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

2. St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

Enjoy getting to interact dolphins with this attraction at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Experience dolphin behaviors like the hand target, hand shake, and ride on the dolphin's belly. Meet these fascinating sea creatures and get to bond with them in a unique way. hold onto their pectoral flippers and swim with them on their belly. Play with the dolphins with this fun and safe experience for the whole family.

St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

3. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

St. Augustine: The Black Raven Rum Runners Pirate Show (21+)

4. St. Augustine: The Black Raven Rum Runners Pirate Show (21+)

Take a voyage on a pirate ship as you watch a live and interactive pirate show designed for adults. All of the material is suited for a more mature audience so this cruise isn't for the easily offended. Enjoy drinks from a fully licensed bar as you're entertained by a dynamic and interactive performance.  The crew’s ambition is to deliver the best pirate show in Florida regardless of the audience age group. The performance is rehearsed, but not scripted, allowing the pirates to improvise with the crowd. No other attraction can live up to this exhilarating and unique pirate adventure.

St. Augustine: Treasure Hunt Cruise with Onboard Show

5. St. Augustine: Treasure Hunt Cruise with Onboard Show

Join in on a 1.5-hour voyage which includes a first-rate, interactive show onboard a real pirate ship. The ship was designed and built for its purpose, to be a floating performance stage for live pirate shows. The goal is to provide a wide variety of dynamic and interactive entertainment programs that suit all ages. The crew's ambition is to deliver the best pirate show in Florida, regardless of the audience age group. The performance is rehearsed but not scripted, allowing the pirates to improvise and interact with the crowd. No other attraction can live up to this exhilarating and unique adventure.

St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

6. St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

See historic St. Augustine on this full-day hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Listen as your conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and stories. Find out about the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country at the St. Augustine History Museum. Enjoy a full 90-minute tour on the trolley or have the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 22 stops. Avoid getting through traffic or having to find and pay for parking. Let your conductor take care of navigating for you. Relive the story of the first settlement in North America as you see Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fort built in the 17th century. See the famous spring that Ponce de Leon which is deemed the Fountain of Youth, where you can actually sample the water. Explore the site of the first mass in America at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour Old St. Augustine Village, which features houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, the oldest documented colonial house in Florida which was lived in by British, Spanish, and American colonists. Immerse yourself in the 500 year history of the city as you view the exhibits at the St. Augustine History Museum.  There are 18 Stops conveniently located close to many places of interest in St. Augustine: 1) 10 W. Castillo Dr.: Visitor Information Center2) 1 St. George Street: City Gates + St. George Street (historic walking mall) + Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse3) 20 S. Castillo Dr: Colonial Quarter + Pirate & Treasure Museum + Castillo de San Marcos4) 16 Avenida Menendez: Bay View at the Best Western + Shipwreck Museum5) 39 Hypolita Street: Hypolita Street and St. George Street + Columbia Restaurant6) 32 Sevilla Street: Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church + Grace United Methodist Church Ancient City Baptist Church7) 83 King Street: Villa Zorayda Museum8) 75 King Street: Lightner Museum + Flagler College + A Ghostly Experience + Haunted Pub Crawl Savory Faire Food & Wine Tour9) 112 Riberia Street: St. Augustine Distillery10) 157 King Street: San Sebastian Winery11) 139 King Street: Whetstone Chocolate Factory12) 14 St. Francis Street: Oldest House + Fernandez Llambias House13) 111 Avenida Menendez: St. Augustine Marina + Ripley’s Bayfront Mini Golf + Schooner Freedom + Scenic Cruise Eco Tours + The Black Raven Pirate Cruise14) 1 S. Castillo Dr.: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument15) 19 San Marco Ave: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!16) 101 San Marco Ave: Mission of Nombre de Dios + Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche17) 137 San Marco Ave: The Old Senator + Villa 156518) 11 Magnolia Ave: The Fountain of Youth

St. Augustine: Haunted Pub Crawl

7. St. Augustine: Haunted Pub Crawl

Embark on a Haunted Pub Crawl through St. Augustine where you and your drinking buddies will delve deep into the city's sordid past as well as some of its most notorious pubs and restaurants. Crawl your way through nearly 500 years of St. Augustine’s strange and unusual history with liquid courage. With an expert tour guide at your side, strap in, catch a buzz and discover the horrors of St Augustine for yourself. Hear stories of ghosts of bar managers long passed to a suspicious amount of fiery demises. Stop at renowned local spots such as Scarlett O’Hara’s, Stogies Jazz Club, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill, and O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits. Discover more about nightlife in the city, and favorite hangouts of the locals.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

8. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

Take part in an educational and fun experience perfect for all ages at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine with this admission ticket to the Dolphin Encounter program. Meet these fantastic animals as you interact with them in shallow waters. Gear up in a life jacket and step onto an underwater platform. Thanks to the platform, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a swimmer. Perform several hands-on activities with these intelligent creatures, including the hand target activity in which the dolphin will come up to touch your hand with its rostrum.

St. Augustine: Eco Dolphin Kayak Tour in The Salt Run

9. St. Augustine: Eco Dolphin Kayak Tour in The Salt Run

Escape the crowds and get a new perspective of St. Augustine during a kayaking trip through the Salt Run. Admire views of Anastasia State Park and its Lighthouse. Get the opportunity to spot a variety of local marine life including manatees, sea turtles, rays, and even dolphins. Begin the adventure with a friendly and informative tutorial from your naturalist guide. After making sure you are fitted with your life jacket, paddle, and kayak you'll launch through the Salt Run right by the Lighthouse. Paddle roughly 4-miles long down the lagoon located between Anastasia Island and Conch Island. On one end it opens up to the Matanzas inlet and on the other, it closes deeper into the park. A wide variety of wildlife may be seen here including dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. You'll be surrounded by the gorgeous views of Anastasia State Park and the Anastasia Lighthouse. Your guide will offer to take pictures for you as they share their knowledge of the history and ecology of the area. Depending on wind conditions and course you may take a break on a sandbar at low tide or on one of the beautiful beaches in the state Park.

St. Augustine: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

10. St. Augustine: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

Follow the storytellers through the Old Town, visiting some of their favorite haunts, on this tour through St. Augustine’s ghostly locations. Meet your guide near the Old City Gates and stroll through the darkened streets, listening to stories of long-deceased residents who have not moved on. While traveling the most haunted areas of St. Augustine, the USA’s oldest city, you will hear the most enchanting and historical accounts of paranormal sightings, captures, and the story behind why they appear. From the Old Cemeteries, to the infamous Castillo de San Marcos, your guide will make sure you have every chance to capture and explore your own paranormal encounters. This is an award-winning tour that has operated since 1998 and welcomes young and old alike — the very best unscripted tour. The experience begins and ends at the same location with convenient parking nearby.

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What people are saying about St. Augustine, Florida

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 564 reviews

I went with my 14 year old grandson and we had an amazing experience swimming with the dolphins. It has always been a dream of mine and it lived up to all of my expectations. It was well worth the price. Everything is well run and the trainers are fantastic! Give yourself and your family this special treat.

Both of our guides went beyond the call of duty to make our tour enjoyable. We saw several dolphins including moms and baby, also several species of birds. Definitely recommend these guys

We had a great time, Gary was very informative on the wild life and history of St Augustine..well worth every penny!!

So much fun. Wish group was smaller for more interaction with the dolphins. Good experience.

Tour guide was great. I would recommend ending up back at starting point.