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Three Things To Experience While Visiting St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, is America’s oldest city and is a must visit while in the state of Florida. I love that St. Augustine offers history, culture, and fun all in one! Here are three things you must experience while visiting St. Augustine, Florida.

Castillo De San Marcos

This historical monument is built on more than 20 acres and offers views of the Old City and water. Castillo De San Marcos is the oldest masonry and only extant 17th Century fort in North America.

St. Augustine Castillo

The architecture and history within this monument are jaw dropping. Most visitors spend 1 1/2 -2 hours here, and I have to agree, that’s about perfect. With several cannons on display, kids of all ages are fascinated with what happened here hundreds of years ago. Parking can be a challenge in the Old City area. There is a parking lot located near the park entrance at Castillo De San Marcos, but I would suggest heading over to the public parking garage located on Castillo Drive, just off of Highway 1. The fee is a flat, daily rate, therefore; you will not need to worry about re-loading a parking meter throughout the day. Parking in St. Augustine can be challenging, and by pulling into the public parking garage, you will save time and money.

St. George Street

St. George Street is accessible by foot. Traffic is not allowed on this street, but you need to pay close attention crossing other streets; as you will cross traffic to continue walking on St. George Street.

St. George Street

Several shops and historical sites are located on this well know thoroughfare in St. Augustine. The oldest wooden school house can also be found on St. George Street. This historical schoolhouse is 200 years old. Looking for that special souvenir? St. George Street is sure to have it!

St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach is approximately 20 minutes from downtown and well worth it. Beach enthusiasts will appreciate what St. Augustine Beach has to offer. The ocean views are stunning and the public parks here are easy to get to and offer great outdoor fun. Beach volleyball, bird watching, dolphin viewing, fishing, and even bicycling along the beach are popular here. Ice cream shops are popular, as well as restaurants that feature outdoor seating with a fresh “catch” of the day on the menu.

St. Augustine Beach


St. Augustine, Florida has so much to offer and I’m excited to share more in the days to come. My recent visit was filled with sunshine, blue skies, and great people. Bed and breakfasts are very popular in the downtown area and I would highly recommend staying in one of them, should you opt to stay downtown St. Augustine. There are several oceanfront properties that are very welcoming to travelers out on St. Augustine Beach and I’m also excited to share some of those with you in the coming days.

From the historical sites to the beach, I have fun things to share. Do you enjoy St. Augustine, Florida? If so, what’s your favorite thing to see and do while in the area?

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8 thoughts on “Three Things To Experience While Visiting St. Augustine, Florida

  1. SaraB Post author

    I love St. Augustine, as you can tell, and I’m looking forward to returning in about six weeks!

  2. SaraB Post author

    We have never actually done the trolley tour. It is a good way to see everything. The St. Augustine lighthouse is nice- we usually try to go there when we visit.

  3. Karon

    I love St. Augustine! Didn’t have nearly enough time during my visit and looking forward to returning. We loved the hop on/hop off trolley tours and the fort! Hoping to visit the St. Augustine lighthouse and Alligator Farm on next visit.

  4. SaraB Post author

    Yikes… That is not good! The one thing that is not advertised- parking on the streets is free after 5 and on Sundays. Most people do not realize that and they feed the meters anyway. I still love it- I love the history, the beach, St. George Street- just love it!

  5. Tonya {The Traveling Praters}

    Castillo de San Marcos was great. So was Fort Matanzas (personally, I liked that historical attraction even more). My family really enjoyed our trip to St. Augustine until we got pulled over in a speed trap. We had no idea we’d pulled into a school zone, from one of the attractions. Though we were barely moving, we were pulled over with several other vehicles with front license plates (not required for FL residents). That was the most expensive ticket we’ve ever gotten- and the only one we’ve ever had on vacation. My husband was so angry that we packed up our hotel room and left the area that day. Not a great way to welcome tourists.

  6. SaraB Post author

    We stayed there for the first time 20 years ago and St. Augustine Beach has changed a lot since then. It’s good… it’s just different. One of my favorite places to visit. I love it when I can go visit an area and not need a map or gps to get around. That tells me that I am in the right place. There is no longer a campground. I wonder where it was? Now I’ve got to do some digging on that!

  7. Laura Cerny

    I love St Augustine! As a kid, we used to camp at St Augustine Beach every year for spring break. I’m sure with the value of beachfront property, there’s no longer a campground. This is one of the places that helped me develop a love for history and travel.

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