Explore St. Augustine
Do you want to explore St. Augustine, but not break the bank? Well, we have you covered! Here is a list of free or inexpensive activities and historic places of interest. Have fun & SEE St. Augustine!
The Castillo De San Marcos was built over 330 years ago to defend Spain’s claims in the New World. The 20-acre site includes a reconstructed wall that incorporates the original gate. It’s the Country’s oldest masonry fort. $10 for adult admission valid for 7 days. Kids under 15 admitted free with an adult. Open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Closed on Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. 11 S. Castillo Dr.
The Bridge of Lions is the most imposing structure in the city. The double bascule bridge is guarded by magnicent lion sculptures. It connects downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island. Take a walk across the bridge for the best Intracoastal views and don’t forget your camera! FREE.
The First Friday Art Walk will be the one you won’t want to miss. More than 20 galleries swing open their doors to give you a look. Enjoy live entertainment while observing everything from photographs to objects d’ art. FREE, 5 – 9 p.m., on the First Friday of the month. Walk the downtown area or hop on a free trolley that will whisk you there from the San Sebastian Winery. 832-779-2781.
The High Tide Art Gallery won’t disappoint in the search for unique works of art. More than 40 area artists oer everything from one of a kind jewelry to painted surfboards. Open daily, 51 A&B Cordova St., www.TheHighTideGallery.com
FOR THE KIDS
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is where kids will realize how good they have it today. There was no running water or electricity back then. View related artifacts and copies of the school books. Admission $5 adults, $4 Children, under 5, free. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily, 14 St. George St., www.OldestWoodenSchoolhouse.com
Ripley’s Miniature Golf’s setting is on the bayfront, just south of the Bridge of Lions. What a view! Red Train Patrons stop #17 for only $1. Adults $5.99, Children $3.99. Mon. – Th.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. – Sun.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., 111 Avenida Menendez, 904 824-1606.
BACK TO NATURE
The Fort Matanzas Nature Trail is a hiker’s paradise! Observe the wildlife, birds, plants and flowers that call it home as you follow the gently rolling dunes along the wooden walkway. The boardwalk has a few steep spots that add to the fun. FREE, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 8635 South A1A, 904-471-0116.
The GTM Reserve offers ten miles of nature trails where you can hike, bike, canoe, kayak and bird-watch. Access to the trails is at the west end of the Guana River Dam. $3 a car, 8 a.m. till sunset, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra.
(Please note: you must have a fishing license which can be obtained online or at a number of bait shops and department stores.)
Pellicer Creek at Faver-Dykes State Park offers a unique opportunity – canoe fishing! The creek is a State designated canoe trail. Canoes can be rented at the park or you can bring your own. In addition to fishing, enjoy more than 100 species of birds. $5 car, 8 a.m. till sundown, 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd., 904-794-0997.
Mission Nombre de Dios was America’s first mission. It began in 1565. Today you can roam around the grounds and visit the museum. Exhibits include the original casket of the city’s founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. FREE, but donations are appreciated. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 27 Ocean Ave., www.MissionAndShrine.org
Flagler College is named for railway magnate Henry Flagler who originally built it as the Hotel Ponce de Leon. It’s a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Louis Comfort Tiany is credited with creating much of the interior design. Walk around the grounds and see the rotunda, FREE, 74 King St., www.Flagler.edu
At Whetstone Chocolates, nothing says love like sharing a piece of the sweet stuff. Take the tour to see how it’s made, then enjoy some samples. Tours from Mon. – Fri. 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., 139 King St., www.WhetstoneChocolates.com
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*Note: Prices may change- last updated on 5/31/16
Tags: Affordable Adventures • Art and Culture • Beach • Explore St. Augustine • EXTRAS • Flagler College • Fort Matanzas • Fun Things To Do • GTM Reserve • High Tide Art gallery • Mission Nombre de Dios • Pellicer Creek at Faver-Dykes State Park • The Bridge of lions • The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument • The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse