Inside the Lighthouse
Photo of Nellie ©Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Dad & daughter check out the view from the gun deck at the Castillo de San Marcos
Old Town Trolley's main stop is The Old Jail
Alligators, crocodiles and a wide array of wildlife thrill visitors at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Visitors enjoy a blacksmith demonstration at the Colonial Quarter
Ripley's Red Train main stop at Ripley's Believe it or Not!
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
Climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse!
Conquistadors, Pirates and Alligators, Oh My!
Visitors can explore the 144-square block historic district lined with 34 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The Castillo de San Marcos, one of the country’s most popular National Parks, rises prominently above the seawall in the Oldest City.
What’s old is new again including the exhibits at the Government House Museum. Explore the area’s Spanish origins through interactive displays and artifacts providing insight into the lives of early Spanish settlers Colonial Quarter takes you on a journey through three centuries with engaging programs, restaurants and taverns.
But there’s more than history here. There’s pirates! The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum contains the world’s largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts. The museum’s “treasure hunt,” entertaining Pirate guides and surround sound experience of a battle on the high seas will have adults and kids alike happily chanting “arrgghhh!”
Standing watch over the Oldest City, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers a breathtaking view, which makes the climb up 219 steps worth it! And, if you’re so inclined, visit the place of eternal youth. The Fountain of Youth is more than legend, it is the place where Pedro Menedez founded St. Augustine and the original inhabitants, the Timucuans, first welcomed him.
Get on your feet! Choose from walking tours of the old city devoted to a wide range of topics - you can even eat your way around town. Intrepid souls can search for ghosts on walking and riding tours each night.
Attractions here can be a little wet and wild. Swim with dolphins, glide alongside manatees and visit the only place in the world where every species of crocodilian can be seen at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
With more than 60 attractions to choose from, including some great new additions, any visitor’s “to-do” list of adventure is going to be several days in length.