Attractions

Top Choice Museum in St Augustine

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 of marbles and cigar-box labels. The dramatic and imposing bu…
Museum in St Augustine

Villa Zorayda Museum

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 structure was the fantasy (and maybe fever dream) of an eccen…
Fort in St Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

This photogenic fort is an atmospheric monument to longevity: it's the country's oldest masonry fort, completed by the Spanish in 1695. In its time, the fort has been besieged twice and changed hands between nations…
Zoo in St Augustine

Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Herpetophobes should run in the other direction of this facility – the only one on the planet with every species of crocodilian in residence. Nature lovers, on the other hand, will love it. Look for albino alligator…
Museum in St Augustine

Colonial Quarter

See how they did things back in the 18th century at this re-creation of Spanish-colonial St Augustine, complete with craftspeople demonstrating blacksmithing, leather working, musket shooting and sorts of historical…
Historic Building in St Augustine

Hotel Ponce de León

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 it in 1967. Guided tours are recommended to get a sense of the …
Museum in St Augustine

Ximenez-Fatio House

Dating to 1798, this fascinating museum complex includes the main house building, the area's only detached kitchen building and a reconstructed washhouse. All are set on immaculately manicured grounds, dating to St …
Beach in St Augustine

St Augustine Beach

This white sand beach almost gets lost in the historical mix, but hey, it's Florida, so a visit wouldn't be complete without a little bit of sun and surf. There's a visitor-information booth at the foot of St Johns …
Museum in St Augustine

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

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 shebang. Housed in a reconstruction of the original hospital,…
Beach in St Augustine

Anastasia State Recreation Area

Locals come to escape the tourist hordes at this terrific park, which is a beautiful quilt of estuarine marsh, maritime forest, boardwalk paths and sandy beach. There's also a campground (campsites $28) and rentals …