Lightner Museum

The Vortex at Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

The Wrecked exhibit at the Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Villa Zorayda Museum

The Rotunda at Flagler College

Potters Wax Museum

St. Augustine Art Association

GTM Research Reserve

10 Great Indoor Activities on Florida’s Historic Coast

Ever wonder what’s behind the door at some of Florida’s Historic Coast’s museums and attractions?

St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach average 223 days a year of pure sunshine. But on days when it’s cloudy or there’s rain on the weather report, there's still plenty of indoor fun and learning to be found here.  

Here are 10 great indoor activities on Florida’s Historic Coast. Be sure to call ahead to check on hours of operation and admission fees.

1. Take stroll through the gilded age at Lightner Museum. Henry Flagler's former Alcazar Hotel holds 19th-century artifacts including natural history exhibits, Tiffany glass, a Victorian Village and antique mechanical musical instruments. 

2. See more than 800 exhibits of unusual, strange and even weird oddities and curiosities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.

3. Relive the Golden Age of Piracy at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum with the world's largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts; fun, interactive exhibits and more at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. 

4. Enjoy the latest exhibits at the galleries of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra or the St. Augustine Art Association

5. Explore the undersea story of a real shipwreck at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum’s interactive exhibit Wrecked. 

6. Enter the Villa Zorayda to see an exquisite collection of hand-carved intricate inlaid furniture, hand pierced brass lamps and more.  

7. Take a tour of Flagler College’s Hotel Ponce de Leon, the restored building alive with its Tiffany windows, ornate murals and Spanish Renaissance architecture. 

8. Step into the Spanish Military Hospital on Aviles Street to learn about the medical practices in colonial St. Augustine. 

9. Explore the GTM Reserve’s Environmental Education Center where exhibits showcase the animal life and the importance of our precious estuaries. 

10. See more than 160 different wax figures, including Potter's original collection, each one an authentic life-sized recreation of the men and women they represent at Potter’s Wax Museum