Budget Friendly Travel

St. Augustine, Fla -- Florida’s Historic Coast offers accommodations, attractions and tours, dining options, and entertainment to suit every taste and budget. It doesn’t take a fortune to experience the centuries-old city of St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and the area’s 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. Before diving in, check out our suggestions for a budget-friendly visit.

May 31, 2021

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For the budget conscious traveler there’s fun to be had for free or for just $15 or less per person.

See for Free:

  • 42 miles of unobstructed beaches
  • Daily tours and tastings at the San Sebastian Winery
  • Daily tours and tastings at City Gate Spirits
  • Fort Matanzas (reopening in Summer 2021)
  • Governor’s House Culture Center and Museum
  • Pena-Peck House Museum
  • St. Augustine Art Association Gallery
  • St. Augustine Distillery
  • TPC Clubhouse and THE PLAYERS® Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass
  • Tours of Historic Churches including the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Mission Nombre de Dios, and the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica

There’s also fun to be had for free or for $15 or less per person

Savvy shoppers can purchase combination tickets for discounts to attractions and tours through St. Augustine’s Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Express Trains. Many attractions and tours offer discounts on tickets if purchased online in advance.

Here are more details about a few of the tours and attractions listed above.

At the Old Town Trolley complex, the Old Jail was built by Henry Flagler in 1891 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was operational for more than 60 years and housed 72 prisoners at a time.

The Oldest Store Museum storytellers offer a tour of more than 100,000 essential items and inventions from the turn-of-the-century.

For some of the most spectacular views of nature, head for the windswept Anastasia State Park with nature trails, campsites, and pristine sandy beaches. The GTM Research Reserve extends from Ponte Vedra to Marineland. The public lands adjacent to this protected estuary features extensive salt marshes and a maritime hammock perfect for exploring and launching boats and kayaks. The St. Johns County Pier Park offers amazing views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, a splash park, and opportunities for fishing from the pier.

The St. Augustine Aquarium features an 80,000-gallon Snorkel Adventure, interactive shark and stingray lagoon, and other hands-on exhibits alongside views of marine life such as eels and seahorses.

With a visit to the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center you can immerse yourself in over 450 years of history. The museum’s exhibits like the Lincolnville Lifeways, explore the bustling Lincolnville neighborhood in the mid 20th century through the eyes of its inhabitants. Programs like Jazz at the Excelsior and Living legends provide insight into the rich African American heritage that is an important part of the tapestry of Florida’s Historic Coast.

Visit the impressive Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine with a collection of cars ranging from the early 1900s to present day, - a portrayal of the ever-evolving automobile.

Admire the divine side of St. Augustine with visits to historic churches including the Memorial Presbyterian Church (where famous Floridian Henry Flagler is entombed), the Mission Nombre de Dios, and the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica.

Step into the Gilded Age with a Flagler College Legacy Tour, a stroll through Flagler’s opulent former resort (now a college). Cross the street to see the Villa Zorayda , built in 1883 as a replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

Venture off the beaten path down historic brick-lined streets and see eye-opening exhibits at the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. Watch as an Apothecary creates medicines and discover the colonial herbs that are the origins of many modern-day medicines. Get a historical perspective at the Oldest House Museum, which offers a tour of the museum, changing exhibit gallery, ornamental garden, and store.

Compare your school days to those in the 1700s at the Oldest Wooden School House Museum and Gardens, which features an original building more than 200 years old and made of red cedar and cypress.

In 1740, the Spanish built Fort Matanzas, a small fortified watchtower that guarded the southern entrance to St. Augustine. The site offers nature trails and a free ferry to the fort.

The Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum served as the residence for governors of both Spain and England during colonial centuries. The First Colony exhibit takes you through the country’s first enduring European settlement.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a 19th century inn that hosted several prominent people who influenced Florida’s development.

Enjoy free samples at the San Sebastian Winery located in the historic East Coast Railway building. The winery is a pioneer in the development of wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes.

The Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour also offers free samples and a behind-the-scenes look at the factory crafting a variety of chocolate confections.

Tour the St. Augustine Distillery, housed in a historic, 1920s, ice-manufacturing plant. Known for producing the award-winning farm-to-bottle spirits, you’ll enjoy free samples of whisky, gin, vodka, rum and bourbon.

Immerse yourself in the most entertaining and educational documentaries as well as Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters at the World Golf IMAX. North Florida’s largest screen (70 feet wide and five stories high), the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater is at unique movie-going experience. Families can enjoy a little friendly competition on the 18-hole natural grass putting green or the Challenge Hole at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Mediterranean-style Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass is a majestic centerpiece for the club, providing PGA Tour standard hospitality to members and visitors alike. Free daily tours are open to visitors.

Affordable Vacation Stays

Lodging offers in the old city and at area seaside resorts offer great deals to guarantee your family vacation or romantic getaways is memorable. Here are just a few of the great deals to be found:

Take advantage of special mid-week rates offered by hotels, inns and resorts on Florida’s Historic Coast.

Nestled in the panoramic heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, Bayfront Inn guests are spoiled by the soft cool sea-breezes and calming waters of the Matanzas Bay and the refreshing visions of ancestral old world lifestyles. Mid-week (Sun-Thurs) rates starting at $155/night

Enjoy a mid-week seaside escape at OceanView Lodge on Vilano Beach. Each room features private ocean view balconies, or in a Jacuzzi suite. Mid-week rates start at $149/nt.

Click here for a complete list of current vacation deals, events & special offers for Summer 2021.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For information call 1.800.653.2489 or go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com. Check us out on Twitter @FlHistoricCoast on Instagram @FloridasHistoricCoast and @ViajaSanAgustin on Facebook.com/OfficialStAugustine and Facebook.com/ViajaSanAgustin. #StAugustine #PonteVedra #FloridasHistoricCoast #ViajaSanAgustin