Welcome Biketoberfest® Visitors
Hit the road and make some vroom for outdoor fun on Florida’s Historic Coast.
October is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. Especially on a bike. So as long as you’re revved up for good times in Daytona during Biketoberfest, from October 15-18, stop by and experience some outdoor fun along Florida’s Historic Coast.
1. Ride A1A to the Oldest City
Take a short ride north on Highway A1A along the Atlantic Coast to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. Stop along the way to enjoy some sand and surf along our 42 miles of pristine beaches, some of the best in Florida. Then, stretch your legs as you stroll the historic area, take in the Spanish architecture, dine outdoors at dozens of great restaurants, and enjoy live music.
2. Music & Live Entertainment
Fun music and live entertainment are available at classic sites like Trade Winds, The Colonial Oak Music Park, and Prohibition Kitchen. There are lots of restaurants with outdoor dining in St. Augustine. St. Augustine Fish Camp is the latest addition to the area, serving the freshest local-caught seafood with plenty of outdoor seating along the scenic San Sebastian River. O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits across from the marina is a local favorite, and The Floridian welcomes all with their famous southern-inspired cuisine and hospitality.
3. Walking Around Town
While in town, walk along the bayfront, from the Bridge of Lions to the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S., and a perfect spot for a selfie. Stop in for a cold brew on the balcony of Meehan’s Irish Pub and Seafood House, right across the street, then take a leisurely stroll along St. George Street, lined with shops, restaurants, and plenty of places to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream treat. You won’t want to miss either City Gate Spirits or the St. Augustine Distillery for a free tour and samples of a variety of award-winning small batch hand-crafted spirits.
4. There’s More to Explore on A1A North
Kick it up a notch and ride up along A1A north to Vilano Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. Along the way, stop at the North Beach access and see the site where Ponce de Leon first laid eyes and claimed Florida for Spain. Enjoy dining at one of the great waterfront restaurants along A1A. The Reef offers amazing cuisine and equally breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from its deck. Or, visit Kingfish Grill for fresh fish and seafood on the water at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Aunt Kate’s on the River and Cap’s on the Water are also famous for their seafood dishes and sunset views over the Intracoastal Waterway. Further north, be sure to check out the Bourbon Library at Valley Smoke BBQ before indulging in the slow-smoked barbecue. Palm Valley Fish Camp welcomes you with some of the freshest local seafood in a relaxing outdoor environment.
5. Ready for Side Trips?
From St. Augustine, take a ride west on King Street (SR 214) to the rural area of Florida’s Historic Coast. Once at the river, travel north along the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway. If you love nature and wide-open vistas, this ride along the St. Johns River will not disappoint as you wind your way through palm and palmetto barrens, oak hammocks, and swamps. Be sure to check out Beluthahatchee Park, where you might come upon local wildlife, including osprey, eagles, snowy egrets, ibis, and herons. This is Old Florida at its best. Check out other fun events taking place on FHC during Biketoberfest this year, including the Sykes Family Crop Maze (October 16-18); the Fourth Annual Triple Header Creature Feature at Corazon Cinema & Café (October 16-17); and the 61st Annual Cracker Day event (no steel horses performing) on Saturday. There’s so much to see and do on Florida’s Historic Coast, you’ll want to stay an extra day or two to take it all in. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of places to stay and special deals to make the most of your time here.