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Saint Augustine Off the Beaten Path

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St. Augustine is the oldest city in the country and, as such, has plenty of places to explore that are off the beaten path. From unique eats to little known attractions, here are some of the best kept secrets in St. Augustine.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Historic Sites, National Parks

Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Parks

Anastasia State Park

State Parks

Villa Zorayda Museum

Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

St. Augustine Distillery

Distilleries

El Galeon

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Fort Mose Historic State Park

Historic Sites

Katie C's City Tips

  • If you're looking for a great option for sunset viewing, grab a drink at a waterfront bar and then enjoy dinner elsewhere.
  • If you have a good pair of walking shoes and are planning on spending most of your time in Old Town, a car isn't really necessary; strolling allows for more exploration.
  • Gratuity is not included in most bills. 15% is standard for good service; 18-20% is appropriate for great service.
  • St. Augustine Wild Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Katie C Says:

    Lions and tigers and wolves and bobcats and snakes — oh my! This Reserve is a sanctuary for exotic animals who were kept as pets until their owners realized all the difficulties this entailed. There are many large mammals here, as well as smaller animals like deer and cavy, and a visit provides a unique opportunity to see these gorgeous animals up close.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You aren't allowed to take photos at the Reserve because it can irritate some of the animals. However, the Reserve does offer you the chance to buy a photo CD with pictures all of the animals at the end of your tour.
    • The Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis, so be sure to call ahead and reserve your tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    • Simply Awesome! 11/06/2019
    • Great time 09/06/2019
    • St. Augustine Wild Reserve
    Address:
    5190 Farm Creek Rd
    St. Augustine, FL 32092-0651
    Phone:
    +1 904-940-0664
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon
    14:00 - 16:00
    Wed
    14:00 - 16:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 13:30
    Sat
    14:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    Historic Sites, National Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    A little further afield than other historic sites in St. Augustine, Fort Mantanzas is located 15 miles south of the city. While the fort defended the southern river approach when it was first built, it's still serving as a protective barrier today — this time to the ecosystem around it. It's worth the trip to get out of the city and visit this beautiful area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To board the ferry to Fort Matanzas, get a free boarding pass from the Visitor's Center; based on a first-come, first-served system.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Informative stop 21/06/2019
    • So happy we went! 20/06/2019
    • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    Address:
    8635 A1a S
    St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
    Phone:
    +1 904-471-0116
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    Ponce de Leon believed that he had found the Fountain of Youth when he landed in what is now St. Augustine and, while he may have gotten that fact wrong, he did pave the way for the first settlement of what would become the United States. Visit the archaeological park and learn more about what it was like in 1565; it's a fully immersive — and fun — history lesson.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Want to take friends and family a bottle of water from the Fountain of Youth? Yep, you can purchase one as a souvenir here, but there's no guarantee that you'll live forever!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gladys taught us so much!!! 23/06/2019
    • Historical Site 23/06/2019
    • Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
    Address:
    11 Magnolia Ave
    St. Augustine, FL 32084-2827
    Phone:
    +1 904-829-3168
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Anastasia State Park
    State Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    If pristine beaches and a wide variety of outdoor pursuits are what you're looking for, head to Anastasia State Park. With four miles of beaches and 1600 acres to explore, you can see as much or as little as you like. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping and more are all possible at Anastasia State Park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't worry about bringing your own gear — you can rent bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, sail boats, and canoes at the park.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One Of My Favorite Places 15/06/2019
    • a walk on the beach 13/06/2019
    • Anastasia State Park
    Address:
    300 Anastasia Park Rd
    St. Augustine, FL 32080-5434
    Phone:
    +1 904-461-2033
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Villa Zorayda Museum
    Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    Katie C Says:

    If you've been to Spain, the Villa Zorayda might look a bit familiar — it's a 1:10 scale replica of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. When it was built in 1883, it started the trend of Moorish Spanish architecture that you'll see all over St. Augustine. Now a museum, it's full of interesting and one-of-a-kind artifacts that allow a glimpse into the St. Augustine of the past.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Among the interesting elements in Villa Zorayda is the Sacred Cat Rug, which comes complete with a curse.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Museum 20/06/2019
    • Tour of Villa Zorayda St. Augustine 19/06/2019
    • Villa Zorayda Museum
    Address:
    83 King St
    St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
    Phone:
    +1 904-829-9887
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • St. Augustine Distillery
    Distilleries
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    Katie C Says:

    Housed in the old ice house, the St. Augustine Distillery Company makes vodka, bourbon and other spirits with local and heritage ingredients — and the results are mighty tasty. Even if you're not a tippler, you'll enjoy the tour and the historic displays.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Each tour ends with a sample of the goods — if you like what you taste, you can buy (no more than two) bottles in the shop as you leave.
    • Adjoining the distillery is the Ice House, a restaurant and bar that often has live music.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Good Tour 23/06/2019
    • Great tour with Doug the tour guide 23/06/2019
    • St. Augustine Distillery
    Address:
    112 Riberia St
    St. Augustine, FL 32084-4351
    Phone:
    +1 904-825-4962
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • El Galeon
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katie C Says:

    A beautiful replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon (just like the one that Juan Ponce de Leon sailed to Florida on) is docked in the Municipal Marina near the Bridge of Lions. Take a tour and clamber around the decks to get a true feeling of what it might have been like to sail on a magnificent vessel such as this, 500 years ago.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Want to practice your Spanish? Be sure to chat with the crew — they all hail from Spain and sailed with the El Galeon to Florida.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    • Stunning piece of history 12/07/2018
    • She gets around! 06/01/2018
    • El Galeon
    Address:
    11th Street Dock
    Saint Augustine Municipal Marina
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
    Phone:
    +1 904-377-3831
    Other:
  • Fort Mose Historic State Park
    Historic Sites
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    Katie C Says:

    History buffs and birders alike will enjoy a visit to Fort Mose. The site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States, Fort Mose is a piece of history that visitors often overlook in St. Augustine. For those interested in fine feathered friends, you also might see Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and White Ibis here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Explore this area by water — there's a kayak launch site that you can utilize, water levels permitting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 145 things to do in St. Augustine
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kayak from Vilano Boat Ramp 15/06/2019
    • excellent history lesson 12/06/2019
    • Fort Mose Historic State Park
    Address:
    15 Fort Mose Trl
    St. Augustine, FL 32084-1165
    Phone:
    +1 904-823-2232
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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