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.
For the budget conscious traveler there’s fun to be had for free or for just $10 or less per person.
See for Free:
42 miles of unobstructed beaches
Daily tours and tastings at the San Sebastian Winery
Governor’s House Culture Center and Museum
Pena-Peck House Museum
St. Augustine Distillery and Museum
TPC Clubhouse House 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 around $10 or less per person:
Anastasia State Park
Bayfront Miniature Golf
Corazon Cinema & Café
Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf
Flagler College Legacy Tour
Fort Mose State Park and Museum
GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve and Environmental Education Center
Oldest Store Museum
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Museum and Gardens
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
St. Augustine Aquarium
St. Augustine History Museum
The Old Jail
Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour
World Golf Challenge Hole
World Golf IMAX Theater
World Golf 18-hole natural grass putting green
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Savvy shoppers can purchase combination tickets for discounts to attractions and tours through St. Augustine’s Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Sightseeing 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 on the lists 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.
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).
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.
View classic films and first run movies at the historic Corazon Cinema and Café while enjoying a full menu of eats.
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 is memorable. Here are just a few of the great deals to be found:
Get great mid-week rates at the Pirate Haus Inn, a European–style lodging in the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic. Lodgings cater to both families and couples in the private rooms, which have queen beds and one or two sets of bunk beds. Stays include an all-you-can-eat pirate pancake breakfast, private room parking, and WiFi.
Enjoy a beachy-keen getaway at the Magic Beach Motel on Vilano Beach. This eclectic seaside motel is located just steps away from the surf and sand.
Enjoy watching the waves from your private oceanfront balcony, soak up some sun, surf and swim, and then visit a nearby restaurant for cold drinks and great food. The Saint Augustine Beach House offers an ideal location overlooking Vilano Beach yet resides just minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine. Spacious, pet-friendly guestrooms offer comfortable king beds and queen sofa-sleepers, kitchenettes, and complimentary continental breakfast daily.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is a spectacular getaway for families. The resort’s One Suit Vacation Package provides a family suite at the Resort’s Villas and access to all resort amenities, including the Cabana Beach Club. The newest addition is a Surf Stream Wave Machine. The resort offers a casual family atmosphere where kayaks, boogie boards, surf lessons, and sail craft are available. Restaurants, lounges, public areas, and meeting spaces have recently been updated. Renovations include a pool resurfacing, lighting, built-in fire pits for s’mores at the main resort; and the addition of The American Gator Club restaurant, offering enhanced views of the 13th hole of the TPC Sawgrass legendary golf course - The Stadium Course.
For a complete list of family getaway offers visit www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com/family and https://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/visitor-info/deals/.
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