Top Choice Historic Building in St Augustine

Hotel Ponce de León

Unmissable in town, 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…
Top Choice Museum in St Augustine

Lightner Museum

Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar is now 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 imposin…
Top Choice Fort in St Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

This incredibly photogenic fort is another atmospheric monument to longevity: it's the country's oldest masonry fort, completed by the Spanish in 1695. Park rangers lead programs hourly and shoot off cannons most we…
Historic Building in St Augustine

Government House

A government building has stood on this site since 1598 and served as a residence, courthouse, administrative headquarters and post office. Today, it is maintained by the University of Florida as a public museum and…
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

Villa Zorayda Museum

Looking like a faux Spanish castle from a medieval theme park, this odd gray edifice was built in 1883 by an eccentric millionaire who was obsessed with Spain's 12th-century Alhambra Palace, it's made from a mix of …
Museum in St Augustine

Pirate & Treasure Museum

Kids and big kids alike will enjoy this mash-up of theme park and museum: a celebration of all things pirate. As well as genuine historical treasures (including real gold) there's plenty of animatronic pirates, blas…
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 wash-house. All are set on immaculately manicured grounds, dating to St…
Lighthouse in St Augustine

St Augustine Lighthouse

The light produced by this 1870s striped lighthouse beams all the way downtown. A great place to bring kids over six and more than 44in tall (since all climbers must be able to ascend and descend the tower under the…
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 and other trades.