St. George Street
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Canon firing at the Castillo de San Marcos
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
The Spanish Bakery
St. Photios Shrine
St. Augustine Attractions
St. George Street
In the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District, St. George Street was the city’s main street during its early years. Now it’s closed to cars, making it fun to slow down and explore the many shops, restaurants and galleries tucked into its nooks and crannies.
Meander down the charming, pedestrian-friendly street in search of history and souvenirs. Make sure you take the time to explore – getting lost in the warren of side streets is part of the experience. The city’s Spanish history is evident in the nearby street names – Hypolita, Cordova and Cuna.
Among the popular places to stop is the Spanish Bakery, in a white stucco house tucked behind a courtyard garden off St. George Street. Follow the smell of fresh-baked goods to this favorite breakfast and lunch restaurant. Try an empanada (seasoned ground beef wrapped in a flaky crust) or other lunch specialty.
Wander around and find your new favorite: The Bunnery is a bustling breakfast spot. The St. George Tavern is a long-time fixture on the street. Around the corner on Hypolita Street, Café del Hidalgo serves up paninis and gelatos.
History is all around, so make sure you take time out from shopping and noshing to learn about the city’s early residents. Tour the Pena-Peck House, a Spanish Colonial home built in 1750 for the king of Spain’s royal treasurer, and don’t miss its gift shop.
From the outside, the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine looks plain, but the inside is decorated with Byzantine-style frescoes highlighted with gold leaf. Learn the tragic story of the colony of Greek people brought in to be indentured servants in the late 1700s.
Ponce de Leon's World Famous Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is where it all began. St. Augustine was established here nearly 450 years ago, when Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived in 1565. St. Augustine would become the first and oldest continuous European settlement in the U.S.
At this 15-acre historical site, visit the Native Timucua Village and learn about how the Timucua lived and hunted. The Timucua Indian Village of Seloy existed here for almost 4,000 years before the arrival of the Spanish.
See the stars in the planetarium and learn about how early explorers used the stars and planets to guide their voyages at sea. Follow their routes on the two-story-high Discovery Globe. Stroll beneath live oaks and wander along a 600-foot-long observation platform over the marshes.
And make sure you drink from the legendary waters and see if you’ll enjoy eternal youth.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
An attraction that was established in 1893 as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles (mostly alligators and snakes), St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park today functions as a modern zoo with educational exhibits and exciting features. At daily shows, gators are fed, rainforest birds perform and kids learn about Florida’s native habitats in a hands-on program.
The zoo is still home to many crocodilians, including albino gators, caimans and crocodiles, but it has branched out from its original residents and is also home to Komodo dragons, red-ruffed lemurs, pygmy marmosets and more.
Crocodile Crossing, the newest attraction, is a pair of zipline courses through the seven-acre zoo grounds. Zip through the trees, past obstacles and across Alligator Lagoon.
Other St. Augustine Attractions
The list of exciting St. Augustine attractions is nearly endless – Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Anastasia State Park, Lightner Museum, Oldest Wooden School House, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Fort Mose Historic State Park, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine… Make sure you set aside at least several days to explore this waterfront city that’s so rich in history and fun.