First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

Flagler College

Flagler College

Memorial Presbyterian Church

Memorial Presbyterian Church

Shopping in downtown St. Augustine, Aviles Street

Shopping in downtown St. Augustine, Aviles Street

Oldest House Museum

Oldest House Museum 

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

Cathedral Basilical

Cathedral Basilical

Oldest Wooden School House

Oldest Wooden School House

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

First Friday Art Walk
Flagler College
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Shopping in downtown St. Augustine, Aviles Street
Oldest House Museum
Castillo de San Marcos
Cathedral Basilical
Oldest Wooden School House
St. Augustine Lighthouse

Itinerary: Experience Firsts in Historic St. Augustine

Florida's 'Old City' is Home to Attractions Like Castillo de San Marcos, Colonial Quarter, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and the Oldest House

What better way to begin the day than on the bay? The formidable Castillo de San Marcos overlooks the water just outside the city gates. Here you can explore the majesty of the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. Built in 1672 of coquina blocks, it was the northernmost outpost of the Spanish New World Empire. From San Marco Avenue, head south on St. George Street to The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the USA. Sit with an animated schoolmaster and his pupils for a lesson about learning in the 1700s. Stop in the nearby Colonial Quarter, where you'll learn to fire a musket and what life was like in the country's oldest settlement.

Continue south to peruse the shops, galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques along St. George Street, and perhaps pick up your first St. Augustine souvenir, if you haven't already! Zigzag over to Sevilla Street to see the magnificent Memorial Presbyterian Church. Its Venetian Renaissance architecture and ornate detail rival that of the finest churches in Europe. Further south, Sevilla meets King Street and Flagler College, a fabulous masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. The college was formerly the Ponce De Leon Hotel, the first of the grand hotels built by Henry Flagler.

Cross over to Lightner Museum for your first lunch at the bottom of an historic indoor swimming pool – Café Alcazar occupies the deep end! The museum, formerly the elegant Alcazar Hotel, houses a collection of Victorian treasures; take them in after lunch, or pick up pieces of the past at the antique mall surrounding the pool. The Oldest House Museum Complex on St. Francis Street will be your southernmost stop. It includes the González-Alvarez House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden and a museum store.

Just north on Cordova Street is Cathedral Place where you'll find the Cathedral Basilica, home to the first Catholic congregation in North America.

If you are up for it, drive out to the towering St. Augustine Lighthouse, the first brick structure in the city. After a taste of maritime history you're sure to be hungry for dinner. For a relaxing last first, head back to the corner of King Street and Avenida Menendez for New World cuisine and "hand-crafted beer." A1A Ale Works, the first and only microbrewery in the Ancient City, was recently voted "Best Microbrewery in Florida" by the readers of Florida Monthly magazine.

St. Augustine
The Oldest House Museum Complex is owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society. Admission to the Oldest House Museum Complex includes a guided tour of Florida's Oldest House, a museum...
St. Augustine
Spanish Colonial Renaissance-style structure built in 1797 and reconstructed in the late 1880s. The city of St. Augustine was founded and established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. He began...