Best Walking Tours on Florida’s Historic Coast
From culture to cuisine, discover the best the Ancient City has to offer just steps away.
You can’t say you visited St. Augustine if you haven’t been to Lincolnville. This neighborhood is the epicenter of the African American experience dating back 455 years and the hotbed of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Start with the ACCORD Freedom Trail, 31 markers will guide your journey through historic sites of interest. Visit the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center for an immersive experience. A stroll along the Plaza de la Constitucion will lead you to the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument and the bronze footsteps at Andrew Young Crossing. This might be one of the most educational and emotional walks you’ll ever take.
First Friday Art Walk is one of the highlights of every art lover’s visit. Every month on the first Friday, art galleries and shops open their doors and welcome all to some refreshments and live music as they display the latest and finest artwork of local, regional and national artists. From paintings and drawings to glass works and sculpture, you’ll be dazzled by the talent and artistry on display. Most of the galleries are within walking distance of each other or a short complimentary trolley ride away.
GTM Research Reserve Sometimes you just need to get away from everything and immerse yourself in natural surroundings. There’s no better place to do this than at the GTM Research Reserve. A guided hike through trails in this pristine reserve is unlike any you’ve experienced. Learn about the biodiversity of this unique area, the local flora and fauna, how native populations lived and used the estuarine resources, as well as current efforts to protect this historic area. Walks take place on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you’re a foodie, you’ve come to the right place. St. Augustine’s history as a culinary destination dates back to its founding as the site of the first Thanksgiving. We know our food here! And St. Augustine Experiences knows how to share the love with tours that combine the best local cuisine, perfect wine pairings and a generous serving of history in this delightful 3.5-hour stroll through the Ancient City. This walk is truly a treat for all your senses.
Right in the heart of the Historic District is the crown jewel of Henry Flagler’s gilded age Florida. Once the Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, the Spanish Revival Renaissance structure is breathtaking from its towers to its courtyard. But you’ll want to step inside with Historic Tours of Flagler College to see the incredible rotunda, mosaic tile floors and stunning dining room decorated with the original Tiffany stained glass windows. It’s a wow.