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St Augustine is the country’s oldest city, featuring historic homes and businesses, churches, museums and the Castillo de San Marcos fort. You’ll also find miles of beautiful beaches, great nightlife and a scenic, pedestrian-friendly downtown filled with attractions and entertainment.

Visitor Guides:

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS OF ST.AUGUSTINE:

Take a tour of the Nation’s Oldest City in our open-air trolleys. Tickets include stops at major attractions during the seven and one half mile trip. Hop off and on the trolleys to sightsee, shop or dine as much as you like along the route. Free parking is available at 167 San Marco Avenue, where tours begin at 8:30 a.m. every day. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Rates: adults, $23; children 6-12 years old, $10. FREE HOTEL SHUTTLE AVAILABLE from most hotels. (904) 829-3800 Book Online

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES®:

Step aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City with our ghost hosts ; experience the historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. Visit the grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and here about the lighthouse keeper. Your Frightseeing adventure also includes a visit to the town’s most haunted building; The Old Jail, for an up close and personal encounter. Reservations required. Adults $26 , Children ages 6-12 ,$14. 904-829-3800 Book Online

A NIGHT AT THE OLD JAIL:

Participate in a paranormal investigation of St.Augustine’s most haunted building. Led by acclaimed investigators, you’ll use state of the art detection equipment. This three hour Ghost Hunting Experience is available every Friday and Saturday night. Reservations required. Adults, $80, Children ages 6-12 $35. 904-829-3800. Book Online

AVALON CARRIAGE TOURS:

See St. Augustine by horse-drawn carriage. Tours begin on the bay front and continue throughout the downtown historic area.. The tour lasts 45 minutes to an hour, covering a little over 2 and one half miles. Rates Adults $18, Children $8, Private tours $75

SHERIFF’S GHOST WALK:

The Sheriffs Ghost Walk Tours is a unique experience. The Sheriff and all of his dead deputies are experienced guides. You will hear stories of Haunted Houses, Bed & Breakfasts and The Old Cemeteries! You will walk the dark streets of the nations oldest city of Saint Augustine, Florida. All stories told are so rich in detail they will tingle your spine! Adults $15, Children $8. 904-540-0031

A “GHOSTLY EXPERIENCE” WALKING TOUR:

The original St. Augustine ghost tour. Saunter with the spirits from dusk into darkness. Our licensed professional guides in period dress will take you through the ancient streets as you hear strange and unusual tales of centuries past, legendary stories and ghostly experiences. Voted #1 Guided Tour in Florida. Group rates available. Offered every evening. 
For rates, times and reservations call 888-461-1009 or 461-1009. www.staugustinetours.com email - toursaug@aug.com

ST.AUGUSTINE SIGHTSEEING TRAINS:

Ride aboard sightseeing trains for a seven and one half mile, one-hour tour through St. Augustine. Stops are provided at major attractions. At 170 San Marco Ave., the first tour begins at 8:30 a.m., the last tour is at 5 p.m., with departures every 15-20 minutes. Rates: adults, $16.99; children 6-12 years old, $5; children under 6, free. Tickets are good for three consecutive days. (904) 829-6545.

ST.AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE:

Relax and enjoy a 1 hour and 15 minute sightseeing cruise aboard the Victory III. Partially narrated tours provide a unique view of St. Augustine historic landmarks and natural points of interest. Departs daily from the Municipal Marina in downtown St. Augustine. Regularly scheduled cruises depart at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. with extended cruise times during the spring and summer. (904) 824-1806 or scenic@aug.com.

SCHOONER FREEDOM:

Freedom is an authentic replica of a 19th century blockade runner. She is a 72', double masted, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner. She was built in Norfolk, VA in 1982 by famed Naval architect Merritt Walters, the first of his many Rover schooners. The Freedom was the first sailing tour boat to be certified under the Coast Guard sub-chapter 'T' to carry passengers to hire. Freedom is frequently inspected by the USCG and carries all of the equipment necessary to ensure a safe and fun outing. $35 per person , Sunset Cruise $45 per person. 904-810-1010

BLACK RAVEN:

A pirate cruise for all ages. Entertaining, educational, and unforgettable! Daytime and nighttime cruises offer sing alongs, music , and games. Call 1-877-578-5050 for rates and reservations.

MUSEUMS

THE OLD JAIL:

St. Augustine’s Old Jail was built in 1891 and housed prisoners for over 60 years. Your guided tour is your chance to see how a jail in the south was run in 1908. You will be processed as an inmate by one of our friendly deputies or Trustee Inmates. This 1908 first person tour includes a close-up view of the men’s and women’s cells, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. See where the sheriff and his wife and children lived right upstairs from the prisoners and used their own kitchen to prepare meals for the inmates. The Old Jail deputies will entertain you with tales of justice and punishment when Florida was America's southernmost frontier. You might even meet America’s most feared sheriff, Joe Perry. It’s a fun and historic outing for adults and children. Adults $9 , Children ages 6-12 , $5. 904-829-3800

ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORY MUSEUM:

Located at 167 San Marco Ave., next to the Old Jail, This engaging museum explores 450 years of St. Augustine History by taking you on walk though time starting with a Timucuan Indian village where you will see a canoe that is over 1,000 years old. Explore the Spanish Period when treasure fleets frequented St. Augustine’s port and touch a real Spanish Silver Bar that was salvaged from the ocean floor. End your journey in the gilded age of Henry Flagler exhibit and see unpublished photographs and artifacts. Model trains replicate Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; admission: Adults $6, Children ages 6-12 , $5; free parking. (904) 829-3800.

POTTER’S WAX MUSEUM:

Go back in time and "meet" more than 150 famous people from the past and the present, everyone from explorers of the New World to Hollywood movie stars. Located at 17 King St., hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 15 through Labor Day; after Labor Day through the spring: 10:00a.m.-5 p.m Sun to Thurs, 10:00 pm to 8:00 pm Fri and Sat. Admission: adults, $8.99,children 6-12 years old, $5.99. Group rates. (904) 829-9056.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Known as the "modern Marco Polo," Robert L. Ripley traveled to more than 198 countries to gather 750 exhibits displayed at the museum. Open daily: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept thru May and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Prices are: adults, $15.89 904-824-1606

DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES:

The Dow is one of America's most historically rich places. Bounded by the age-old streets of St. George, Bridge, and Cordova, the Village's 10 houses, courtyards and gardens form an entire city block in St. Augustine's oldest historic district. Kenneth Dow donated the property to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1988. It has been restored in part by grants from the Florida Department of State. Adults $8.95, Children ages 6-12 $6.95

THE MUSEUM OF HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE:

"The Dream, the Challenge, the City," reflects five centuries of the city's history. Over 300 artifacts are exhibited from archaeological digs and Spanish shipwrecks off Florida's coast. In the Government House, at 48 King St., the museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. except Christmas Day. Admission: adults, $2; children 6-18 years old, $1. (904) 825-5033.

ST.AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM:

Visitors get the chance to see St. Augustine from a bird's point of view. Climb the 219 steps to the lantern room and the gallery walk of the lighthouse to see the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and St. Augustine. The museum is in the restored two-story light keeper's house, which also has exhibits and a video theatre telling the stories of the light keepers. Admission to the museum and tower: adults, $9, children 7-11 years old, $7; senior citizens 55 years old and older, 75.50. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended summer and holiday hours. For their safety, children must be 7 years old and 4 feet tall to climb the tower. Free museum admission and activities are offered to children under 7 and an accompanying adult. (904) 829-0745.

LIGHTNER MUSEUM:

Housed in the former Alcazar Hotel which was constructed in 1888, the museum is part of Henry Flagler's legacy of Florida hotels. Included in the museum's collection are Victorian period memorabilia, stained-glass art by Louis Tiffany, paintings, sculpture, toys, porcelain, and furniture. Located at 75 King St., in the City Hall building, admission for adults is $10; students 12-18 years old, $5; children under 12 free when accompanied by adult. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (904) 824-2874.

ST.AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM:

Situated two miles south of the Bridge of Lions on A1A, the reptile and wildlife preserve was established in 1893. See monkeys, deer, exotic birds, giant tortoises, and the Gomek Forever exhibit in which the famous giant crocodile is now beautifully taxidermied and respectfully displayed. Also included in a day's activities are alligator and reptile shows and a nature trail. The farm is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission: adults, $21.95; children, 3-11 years old, $10.95; senior citizens 10% off , AAA, military discounts. St. Johns County residents receive half-price admission every day. 904-824-3337

FLAGLER COLLEGE:

The former Ponce de Leon Hotel, built in the late 1880s by Henry Flagler, the college's dining hall and rotunda feature murals by George Maynard and stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Located on King Street, it's been described as a masterpiece in Spanish Renaissance architecture. Guided tours Adults $7,Children $1 (904) 829-6481

VILLA ZORAYDA:

After several years of extensive renovation, The Villa Zorayda Museum is now open to the public, showcasing the striking style of Moorish Spanish Revival Architecture that it was fashioned after. Originally called the Zorayda Castle, the building was constructed in 1883 by Franklin Smith, an architect from Boston. Smith built the residence as a winter home and designed it to be a scaled-down replica of the Alhambra Palace in Spain. His style of architecture included using coquina shells mixed with poured concrete and it is said that his method had a powerful impact on later buildings that were constructed in St. Augustine. Today, guests to the museum see marvelous items from the antique collections of Franklin Smith and Abraham Mussallem, Zorayda Castle’s second owner. You’ll also learn about the significance of the building to the city and its intriguing past. Adults $10 , children ages 8-12 $4 , students $8. 904-829-9887

OLD FLORIDA MUSEUM:

This entertaining "Hands On" museum allows guests to actually participate in daily living activities from pre-European times to 1900's . Adults $10, children $ 9. 904-824-8874

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH:

Drink from the spring, relive the days of the conquistadors and discover many colorful facts about Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida in 1513. At The Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park in St. Augustine you’ll be walking the grounds of the actual site where Spanish explorers first came ashore in the United States. See Ponce de Leon's famous spring of eternal hope and feel free to sample the water. Learn about the First Christian Indian burials and see Timucuan Indian hut foundations and relics and much more. Knowledgeable guides offer a history of the discovery and the life of Ponce de Leon. View the Explorers Discovery Globe Show, an 8-minute program that highlights the routes traveled by Columbus and Ponce de Leon. Visit the Navigator’s Planetarium to see how the explorers used celestial bodies to help them navigate to the New World. Enjoy the many sites that this historic park has to offer. It’s an educational, entertaining time for adults and kids of all ages. Adults $8 ,Chidlren ages 6-12 $5. 904-829-3168

OLDEST HOUSE:

A place for history enthusiasts, curious souls and those who enjoy marvelous architecture, The Oldest House Museum Complex offers many things for many people. Owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the complex includes Florida's Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store. Adults $8, Chidlren 6-12 $4. 904-824-2872

OLDEST WOODEN SCHOOLHOUSE:

Located near the City Gates, The Old School House is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails.
The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, above the small classroom. Their kitchen was separated from the main building, because of the threat of fire and to spare the house of any excess heat during the long summers. Several of the cooking utensils used in those days are displayed here for the visitor. In the schoolhouse, related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from are exhibited. Adults $ 3, children $2 . 904-824-0192

 
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