View Stunning Architecture
At the corner of King Street, you’ll see Flagler College, housed in eye-catching buildings that used to be the luxury resort, is the Ponce de Leon Hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Across the street is the Lightner Museum, also housed in a former luxury hotel called the Hotel Alcazar, and also built by Flagler in 1888. Besides its galleries of decorative art, the museum buildings house several antique shops. Walk west on King to find more art galleries, shops, and the Villa Zorayda Museum, a reproduction of the Alhambra, Spain’s famous castle.
Nearby on Granada Street Claude’s Chocolate welcomes you with small batch hand-crafted truffles and bonbons made with Belgian chocolate and only the finest natural ingredients. Peace Pie on Aviles Street is the home of the most amazing artisan ice cream sandwich you’ve ever tasted with a decadent layer of pie filling nestled in between its homemade ice cream. Yum. Sweets not your thing? No problem. Dog Rose Brewing on Bridge Street has hand-crafted beers and lagers to satisfy the pickiest ale palate in a comfortable environment. Play some darts and catch a live band as you unwind.
Learn About African American History
A few blocks east will take you to Lincolnville and the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on MLK Avenue. Inside you’ll find a wonderful collection of art, recordings and displays that capture the life and history of the nation’s earliest black residents.
Take Route 1
If you find yourself on Route 1, or the Dixie Highway or Ponce de Leon Boulevard, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy and entertained. At Coconut Barrel you’ll find a great selection of handcrafted items made by the finest artists, crafters and designers in the area. They’re also around to share stories behind their work. Speaking of great works, if you love cars, the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine should be on your list of must-dos. Here you’ll be dazzled by the collection of classic automobiles dating from the early 1900s to the present day. And if it’s not cars but cats that strike your fancy, be sure to stop in to the Witty Whisker Café for a coffee and some furry friend love in the cat lounge.
One thing’s for sure: no matter which way you turn in St. Augustine, you’re bound to find lovingly restored historic structures, one-of-a-kind shops, welcoming cafés, romantic restaurants, and impressive art and cultural attractions.