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St Augustine Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2010

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Settled by Spanish explorers in 1565, led by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the USA. Landing on the feast day of Augustine of Hippo, they named the town San Agustin and quickly dug in fortifications to protect themselves. And so a town was born and continues to thrive over 400 years later with many of the original buildings still standing.

These days visitors flock to Saint Augustine for its history and beauty. Horses clip-clop through the 144-block National Historic Landmark District as the townspeople drift by in period costume. There are regular historical re-enactments and music festivals. And when you get tired of venturing into the past, there’s that long sandy beach to head for, or even Florida’s oldest alligator farm.
 
Day 1: Step Back in Time


If you’re in Saint Augustine you’re obviously ready to step into the past. Take the trolley tour and find out about the history, sights and attractions from a well-informed trolley conductor. Check out Saint Augustine’s oldest house; the old jail – definitely haunted; the Fountain of Youth; Lightner Museum; and the magnificent 17th century fortificiation, Castillo de San Marcos. Wander through the old colonial Spanish neighbourhoods, and sit in an old-time café and imagine it’s two, three, even four hundred years ago – although the food will be a lot fresher than that.

Day 2: Take to the Skies

To get a wider perspective, take a helicopter tour. Check out Saint Augustine, Porpoise Point  and Old Downtown from a bird’s point of view. Or fly high over Saint Augustine Beach, perhaps even include neighbouring Viliano Beach, Conch Island, Bird Island, San Jose Forest and Fort Matanzas and Saint Augustine Lighthouse on a long ride through the skies. If you’re a bit of a romantic, take an evening flight and let the sunset add that extra bit of beauty.

Day 3: Beach and Island


It’s time to get back into this century with a bit of beach fun. Head out to Anastasia Island for long, sandy beaches: Saint Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach and Matanzas Inlet. Then in the evening, just when you’ve forgotten all about history, meet some of Saint Augustine’s oldest residents on the ghost trolley ride.

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St Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Sit back as the talented Old Town Trolley conductors share the history, attractions and sights of America's oldest city. Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in ...  Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $23.69

Ghosts and Gravestones - St Augustine

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

WARNING... This tour is not for the faint of heart!

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.78

St. Augustine Sunset Helicopter Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Looking for the perfect way to propose or celebrate your anniversary or honeymoon? Look no further! The Romance Sunset Helicopter Tour offers the most ...  Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $158.99

St. Augustine Beach and Old Downtown Helicopter Tour

On this survey of downtown St. Augustine via Helicopter, you'll depart southeast from the airport following the intra-coastal waterway to Anastasia Island. Read more

Location: St Augustine, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $154.99

Saint Augustine Day Trip from Orlando

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Enjoy a day in America's oldest town, Saint Augustine. On this day trip from Orlando, head east to the picturesque Atlantic-coast town, where you can wander ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.99

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