Oldest House

St Augustine

Also known as the González-Alvarez House, this is the oldest surviving Spanish-era home in Florida, dating to the early 1700s and sitting on a site occupied since the 1600s. The house is part of a complex that also contains two small historical museums and a lovely ornamental garden.

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Nearby St Augustine attractions

1. Ximenez-Fatio House

0.56 MILES

Dating to 1798, this fascinating museum complex includes the main house building, the area's only detached kitchen building and a reconstructed washhouse…

2. Lightner Museum


Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar is home to this wonderful museum with a little bit of everything, from ornate Gilded Age furnishings to collections…

3. Spanish Military Hospital Museum

0.61 MILES

Not for the faint of heart, guided tours of this museum discuss Colonial-era medical techniques in all their gory glory: amputations, leeching, the whole…

4. Plaza de la Constitution

0.65 MILES

In the heart of downtown, this grassy square, the oldest public park in the US and a former marketplace for food (and slaves), has an attractive gazebo,…

5. Governor's House

0.67 MILES

A government building has stood on this site since 1598 and served as a residence, courthouse, administrative headquarters and post office. Today, it is…

6. Villa Zorayda Museum

0.68 MILES

Looking like a faux Spanish castle from a medieval theme park, this gray edifice was built out of a mix of concrete and local coquina shells in 1883. The…

7. Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine


With its magnificent bell tower lording it over the Plaza de la Constitution, this Spanish-mission-style cathedral is likely the country's first Catholic…

8. Hotel Ponce de León

0.74 MILES

This striking former luxury hotel, built in the 1880s, is now the world's most gorgeous dormitory, belonging to Flagler College, who purchased and saved…