Things to do in St. Augustine

Explorers will find idyllic weather, coastal calm, and Spanish colonial architecture in the US’s oldest city.

Our most recommended things to do in St. Augustine

St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

1. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Voted one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World”, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is celebrating its 28th year. With over 3 million sparkling white lights adorning every corner of the city and stretching for nearly 20 blocks, it creates an enchanted wonderland that will put a smile on your face and warm holiday memories in your heart. The open-air trolleys are perfect for sightseeing and taking pictures. Complimentary magical viewing glasses allow you to enjoy an enhanced, fully immersive Holiday Experience. Each year guests of the Old Town Trolley are asked to help choose the city’s Top 3 lighting displays. Winners of these prestigious awards will receive cash, prizes and one of the most sought-after trophies in the city! To provide guests with the safest and most comfortable sightseeing experience, only full rows for up to 4 people are available this year, to assure social distancing.

St. Augustine: Nights of Lights Pirate Ship Tour

2. St. Augustine: Nights of Lights Pirate Ship Tour

Hop aboard a pirate ship and take in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights from the water. Get into the festive spirit with Christmas music and jokes, then admire the downtown lights at Christmastime. After boarding the pirate ship, set off on your ride under the Bridge of Lions. Watch the sunset before seeing millions of lights turning on in downtown St. Augustine. As you marvel at the world-famous lights from the deck of a pirate ship, join the pirate crew in singing and dancing to holiday music. Throughout the tour, take advantage of the snacks and drinks from the onboard bar, at your own expense. Enjoy an experience that's only available during the holiday season.

St Augustine: Nights of Lights Tour by Electric Cart

3. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Tour by Electric Cart

Explore St. Augustine's magical Nights of Lights from the comfort of an electric cart. Visit the most important landmarks in Florida's oldest city in a unique ride, full of Christmas spirit. More than 3 million white lights decorate the city of St. Augustine, in what has become a must for visitors looking for a scenic night in town. Starting your tour at the St. Augustine Waterfront, you will get a night time overview of the best sites and brightest decorations. This 45 minute tour will drive through the Plaza de la Constitucion, St. Augustine's city center, with its impressive Christmas tree and thousands of lights adorning the surrounding tress and foliage. Your ride will be complemented with Christmas songs, ideal for setting the mood to pass by several sites in city, like the Flagler College, the Lightner Building, among others.

St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

4. St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

See historic St. Augustine on this full-day hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Listen as your conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and stories. Find out about the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country at the St. Augustine History Museum. Enjoy a full 90-minute tour on the trolley or have the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 22 stops. Avoid getting through traffic or having to find and pay for parking. Let your conductor take care of navigating for you. Relive the story of the first settlement in North America as you see Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fort built in the 17th century. See the famous spring that Ponce de Leon which is deemed the Fountain of Youth, where you can actually sample the water. Explore the site of the first mass in America at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour Old St. Augustine Village, which features houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, the oldest documented colonial house in Florida which was lived in by British, Spanish, and American colonists. Immerse yourself in the 500 year history of the city as you view the exhibits at the St. Augustine History Museum.  There are 18 Stops conveniently located close to many places of interest in St. Augustine: 1) 10 W. Castillo Dr.: Visitor Information Center2) 1 St. George Street: City Gates + St. George Street (historic walking mall) + Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse3) 20 S. Castillo Dr: Colonial Quarter + Pirate & Treasure Museum + Castillo de San Marcos4) 16 Avenida Menendez: Bay View at the Best Western + Shipwreck Museum5) 39 Hypolita Street: Hypolita Street and St. George Street + Columbia Restaurant6) 32 Sevilla Street: Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church + Grace United Methodist Church Ancient City Baptist Church7) 83 King Street: Villa Zorayda Museum8) 75 King Street: Lightner Museum + Flagler College + A Ghostly Experience + Haunted Pub Crawl Savory Faire Food & Wine Tour9) 112 Riberia Street: St. Augustine Distillery10) 157 King Street: San Sebastian Winery11) 139 King Street: Whetstone Chocolate Factory12) 14 St. Francis Street: Oldest House + Fernandez Llambias House13) 111 Avenida Menendez: St. Augustine Marina + Ripley’s Bayfront Mini Golf + Schooner Freedom + Scenic Cruise Eco Tours + The Black Raven Pirate Cruise14) 1 S. Castillo Dr.: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument15) 19 San Marco Ave: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!16) 101 San Marco Ave: Mission of Nombre de Dios + Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche17) 137 San Marco Ave: The Old Senator + Villa 156518) 11 Magnolia Ave: The Fountain of Youth

St. Augustine: Treasure Hunt Cruise with Onboard Show

5. St. Augustine: Treasure Hunt Cruise with Onboard Show

Join in on a 1.5-hour voyage which includes a first-rate, interactive show onboard a real pirate ship. The ship was designed and built for its purpose, to be a floating performance stage for live pirate shows. The goal is to provide a wide variety of dynamic and interactive entertainment programs that suit all ages. The crew's ambition is to deliver the best pirate show in Florida, regardless of the audience age group. The performance is rehearsed but not scripted, allowing the pirates to improvise and interact with the crowd. No other attraction can live up to this exhilarating and unique adventure.

St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins Entry Ticket

6. St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins Entry Ticket

Enjoy getting to interact dolphins with this attraction at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Experience dolphin behaviors like the hand target, hand shake, and ride on the dolphin's belly. Meet these fascinating sea creatures and get to bond with them in a unique way. hold onto their pectoral flippers and swim with them on their belly. Play with the dolphins with this fun and safe experience for the whole family.

St. Augustine: The Black Raven Rum Runners Pirate Show (21+)

7. St. Augustine: The Black Raven Rum Runners Pirate Show (21+)

Take a voyage on a pirate ship as you watch a live and interactive pirate show designed for adults. All of the material is suited for a more mature audience so this cruise isn't for the easily offended. Enjoy drinks from a fully licensed bar as you're entertained by a dynamic and interactive performance.  The crew’s ambition is to deliver the best pirate show in Florida regardless of the audience age group. The performance is rehearsed, but not scripted, allowing the pirates to improvise with the crowd. No other attraction can live up to this exhilarating and unique pirate adventure.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Meet & Greet

8. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Meet & Greet

Learn all about the world's most beloved sea mammal, the dolphin, at Marineland. See the immense Atlantic Ocean and create a bond with one of the most intelligent marine species in the world. All options include important information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Enjoy a Meet 'n Greet program where you will have an unforgettable first up-close dolphin adventure. Come and hang out at the edge of the fantastic Atlantic Ocean as you enjoy the warm Florida weather.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

9. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

Take part in an educational and fun experience perfect for all ages at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine with this admission ticket to the Dolphin Encounter program. Meet these fantastic animals as you interact with them in shallow waters. Gear up in a life jacket and step onto an underwater platform. Thanks to the platform, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a swimmer. Perform several hands-on activities with these intelligent creatures, including the hand target activity in which the dolphin will come up to touch your hand with its rostrum.

St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

10. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

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What people are saying about St. Augustine

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 564 reviews

Great informative tour. They take you to 3 different spots and tell you about the site’s history. The night we attended wasn’t too active but we did experience cold spots and chills. They also give you K2 meters, spirit box and other equipment to help in your investigation. Once you get to each spot you can go around and do your own investigating apart from the group just keep in mind time is limited to 15-20 minutes at each stop. Great experience and would love to do it again! Carlos Next Stop Adventures LLC

Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The experience of having a meter throughout the tour really elevated the whole experience and we even had an encounter at one of the sites we visited. We had an amazing time and will definitely do it again! - Yanitza, Next Stop Adventures LLC

Our guide, Gary, was excellent. He was fun and knowledgeable about the wildlife and the area. He even gave us some tips on places to visit in town. We will definitely be kayaking with them again the next time we visit St. Augustine.

We had a great time, Gary was very informative on the wild life and history of St Augustine..well worth every penny!!

We had such a great time! Our guides were awesome!