St. Augustine Culture & history

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St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

1. 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

St. Augustine: Colonial Quarter Museum Admission Ticket

2. St. Augustine: Colonial Quarter Museum Admission Ticket

Take a trip into the past with a visit to the Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine. See what life was like in the old days as you walk through a reproduction of a colonial-era town. Watch a blacksmith demonstration and learn how tools and other everyday objects were made locally. Climb 35 feet to the top of a recreated Spanish watchtower and enjoy great views of the Castillo de San Marcos and St. Augustine’s bayfront. Walk past all of the flags that have flown over St. Augustine and experience over 400 years of history.

St. Augustine Trolley & Museums Combo Package

3. St. Augustine Trolley & Museums Combo Package

St. Augustine is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking architecture, antiquated buildings and its significance to the shaping of America. With this St. Augustine combo package you can explore the city, with entrance to the Old Jail, access to the Oldest Store Museum and a visit to the St. Augustine History Museum. Hop aboard one of the trolleys and experience “transportainment,” a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Visit more than 100 points of interest in St. Augustine at your own pace.  Your guided tour of the Old Jail will be led by the jailers and includes a close-up view of the men’s and women’s cells, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. When you visit the Old Store, you will step back in time to discover the latest and best time-saving miracles from 1900. Watch in amazement as the friendly clerks, butcher and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions of turn-of-the-century living. It truly is like walking into a Sears Roebuck catalog from 1908. There are more than 400 years of history to explore in the St. Augustine History Museum. As you journey through the exhibits, you will see authentic artifacts, unpublished photographs and learn about the evolution of St. Augustine and Florida under Spanish and British rule. The combo package truly does give you the best of St. Augustine on one easy ticket.

St. Augustine: Potter's Wax Museum Ticket

4. St. Augustine: Potter's Wax Museum Ticket

Discover America's first wax museum located in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. This wax museum offers guests the ability to interact with over 160 wax figures, ranging from Hollywood A-listers to individuals who have shaped national history. The inspiration behind Potter's Wax Museum came from a childhood trip to London taken by founder, George L. Potter. As a child, he was mesmerized by the life like figures and wanted to share his enjoyment with the American public. In 1947, Potter began contracting with GEMS of London, a noted wax studio, to create one of a kind figures for his museum. Potter employed artists from all over Europe to aide in this project with the wax imported from France, hair from Italy, and the sculpting taking place in Belgium. Opening it's doors in 1949, Potter's Wax Museum has served as an interactive, educational and fun attraction for visitors to the ancient city.

St. Augustine: Audio-Guided Medieval Torture Museum Tour

5. St. Augustine: Audio-Guided Medieval Torture Museum Tour

Enter the museum through the gift shop, guiding yourself through the many rooms at your own pace. You will have the option to read the descriptive plaques or to purchase the audio-guide, which plays through the speaker of your phone, via a web page. Witness numerous forms of brutal, jaw-dropping, yet historically accurate torture methods, while interacting with several of the displays. Experience first hand the sound of the guillotine dropping, and look inside the belly of the Bronze Bull, feeling the desperation of the victim. With a space of over 4,000 sq ft, there is so much to see. As you walk from room to room, you will think that you have seen the worst until you come to the next room.

St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Tickets

6. St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Tickets

Journey back three centuries to the piracy's golden age at this spectacular interactive museum. See more than 800 authentic pirate artefacts (one of the largest collections in the world) in award-winning interactive exhibits, like the Book of Pirates. Fire a real cannon, touch a 400-year-old treasure chest, and explore the execution dock. Lift a real gold bar recovered from the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita, which sank around 1622. Raise the Jolly Roger flag and even meet a pirate if you're lucky! Learn all about the world's most infamous sea rogues during your trip to the interactive Pirate and Treasure Museum. It's an engaging adventure for all ages!

St. Augustine: Old City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

7. St. Augustine: Old City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Step out of the hot Florida sun and into the shadows on this 60 or 90-minute walking ghost tour of the nation’s oldest city. Delve into 300 years of war, natural disasters, bootlegging, and pirates before heading to Casa de la Paz, also known as the home of the “waiting bride.” From there, you will wind through 6 other active haunted locations before circling back to the starting point with a head full of history and spine-chilling tales. Choose the 90-minute extended tour to visit four additional haunted spots, including a fortress plagued by the ghosts of young lovers buried alive. Have the chance to mingle with the hundreds of restless spirits who haunt this city.

St. Augustine Oldest Store Museum Experience

8. St. Augustine Oldest Store Museum Experience

If you have ever wondered about consumerism in the early 1900s, than this museum tour is for you. Step back into at the oldest store in St. Augustine and discover all the latest time saving miracles. Watch in amazement as the friendly clerks, butcher, and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-century living. See steam-driven tractors and a goat powered washing machine! For any aches and pains get a lo-down on the latest tonics and elixirs, and learn about the notorious worm syrup. See corsets for ladies, and collars for men. Join the enthralled crowds watching a demonstration of the newest model of corn sheller, or learn about the vast guns and ammunitions industry. Mr C.F Hamblen, the proprietor, will be more than happy to show you around. This is one of the most unique attractions in South Florida, and offers a great insight into the consumer needs of a bygone age.

St. Augustine History Museum Experience

9. St. Augustine History Museum Experience

A combination of historical displays and private collections brings over 400 years of Florida’s history to life. The museum features displays of the various countries, such as England, Spain and France that have ruled over St. Augustine. Guests can visit the Spanish sunken treasure room, a Timucan Indian Village, and our Florida Cracker trading post. During this tour you will explore how St. Augustine and Florida grew and prospered under Spanish, British, French, and American rules. Experience the building of Flagler's Railroad that started in St. Augustine and went 128 miles out to sea to Key West. From the Indians to the Spanish Galleons and Pirates to the Revolutionary War, you will find Florida's history a truly fascinating story!

From Orlando: St Augustine Tour and Pirate & Treasure Museum

10. From Orlando: St Augustine Tour and Pirate & Treasure Museum

Spend the day on the cobblestone streets of St. Augustine and make a stop in at the Pirate & Treasure Museum, The Ultimate Pirate Experience. Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures. World class, award winning interactives make this hands-on museum an experience that every family member will enjoy. Named one of the best museums in the world by the New York Post, along with several other accolades. Your day includes plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the great restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

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4.2 / 5

based on 31 reviews

We had an incredible time! The scenic beauty, variety of wildlife, and stunning historic sights were simply amazing. Mac was our friendly guide, and his vast knowledge of the ecology and history of the area was awesome!!!! He made us feel very welcome. We would do this again any day!

This was actually a lot of fun. We didn't see any ghosts unfortunately, but still loved the whole experience. 10 PM was a perfect time, it was dark enough, but not too late.

Tour guide was great. I would recommend ending up back at starting point.

Extremely knowledgeable guide who made the walk great fun.

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