With more than four centuries of colorful local history to draw from and more than 60 unique themed attractions and historical sites, St. Augustine brings the history and romance of the Old City to life. Complementing the historically themed attractions are contemporary adventures ancient explorers never imagined. The combination of historic sites and modern-day storytelling make St. Augustine’s attractions one of the most popular features of the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States.
Partial List of Attractions:
- Authentic Old Jail
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- Colonial Spanish Quarter and Spanish Quarter Museum
- Florida Heritage Museum at the Authentic Old Jail
- Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
- Lightner Museum
- Mission of Nombre de Dios
- Old Florida Museum
- Old St. Augustine Village Museum
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
- Spanish Military Hospital
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
- St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
- The Oldest House
- The Oldest Store Museum
- The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S.A.
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the beaches boast more than 150 restaurants, ranging from waterbound bungalows and shrimp shacks to gourmet bistros and turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions. These unique eateries serve straight-from-the-docks, incredibly fresh seafood and global gourmet delicacies. Visitors can escape to the fine dining of world-class resorts in Ponte Vedra Beach, the flavorful cookery surrounding the streets in the historic district of St. Augustine, or enjoy the relaxed and casual atmosphere of an ocean-side hut off the beaches of Anastasia Island. From extravagant to family affordable, the restaurants in this picturesque area of northeast Florida provide the perfect dining experience for all vacation lifestyles.
From more than 20 art galleries and 25 antique stores in St. Augustine to trendy resort boutiques in Ponte Vedra Beach, shopping in the St. Augustine area offers visitors plentiful and diverse choices.
History is the primary lure for visitors to St. Augustine; however, the original art, crafts and one-of-a-kind antiques are a major enticement for shoppers as well. For more retail-minded shoppers, opportunities galore await in St. Augustine at two of Florida’s premier outlet mall locations.