If you’ve never had a chance to visit the nation’s oldest city, there’s never a better time than now. Located on the coast of Florida, St. Augustine truly has something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
From water activities to endless options for shopping, it’s easy to see that spending a weekend (or week) in the charming town of St. Augustine may be just what you need to do! Choosing a destination like St. Augustine, Florida to visit offers up so many amazing places to see and explore. You honestly can’t go wrong when planning a trip to St. Augustine. All meals, dining and activities were provided to us for this review but all opinions are our own. All photo credits for this article go to Dawn from Cutefetti.com
Places to Visit in St. Augustine for an Unforgettable Trip
There are a ton of amazing lodging options, restaurants, and activities that you’ll never feel as though you are lacking in anything fun or active to do! If you’re looking for a getaway, day trip or even just a revisit to a place that you love and are familiar with, St. Augustine will be waiting for you with a warm and hearty welcome. While you’re visiting, immerse yourself with the locals and enjoy everything that they love about the town. You may find that once you go, you won’t ever want to leave!
Accommodations in St Augustine
St. Francis Inn
No visit to St. Augustine would be complete without a stay at the historic bed and breakfast, St. Francis Inn. Known for its amazing amenities and delicious breakfast, you can relax in comfort knowing that your lodging at a location that dates back to the late 1700’s. Every overnight guest at the St. Francis Inn gets treated to a gourmet breakfast, a social hour with beverages during the evening and even some fresh made desserts scattered throughout your stay. Plus, their coffee is so good as well! During our stay, we snacked on s’mores cake and apple cupcakes and honestly, couldn’t get enough!
The location of this bed and breakfast allows you to walk out the front door and explore everything that St. Augustine has to offer. After all, when looking for a relaxing getaway, isn’t location and amenities important?
Take a stroll down memory lane exploring the beauty of this Inn. The rooms are cozy and clean, the staff is accommodating and sincere and how many times will you have the opportunity to stay overnight at the oldest inn in St. Augustine?
Places to dine in St. Augustine
Peace Pie World
It’s always time for ice cream, especially if that place is Peace Pie World. From the moment that you walk through the doors, there’s an ambiance that you just can’t ignore. The walls are lined with art that lead you directly to the counter to choose the delectable dessert of your choice. It’s simple to say that there is no way that you won’t fall in love with this ice cream shop. It’s the perfect combo of ice cream meets pie mash-up. An absolute duo in taste bud heaven.
The Alcazar Cafe
You have to visit this cafe to believe the history. Located within a museum in a space that was meant to house the largest indoor pool sits The Alcazar Cafe. When the indoor pool plans didn’t work out, the cafe decided it was where it was meant to be instead. Dining in a space that was once meant to be an indoor pool is quite an experience!
The food is elegant and the presentation is beautiful as well. The Alcazar Cafe has some amazing chefs that do a great job in rotating and keeping the menu fresh and current for the needs of the patrons.
The Raintree Restaurant is truly a family affair. The current owner and her husband and son work together to keep the restaurant hopping and full of business. While they are known for their classic Beef Wellington dinner, the extensive menu offers a ton of great options for all the varying tastes and wants of your family.
This historic restaurant has been around for over 30 years and is one of the most enjoyed restaurants in the town.
O.C. White’s is one of those restaurants that you won’t ever forget. While you can dine indoors, take advantage of their beautiful outdoor dining space if at all possible. As for their food? Seafood should absolutely be on your radar. From their buckets of steamers or shrimp to their amazing blue crab cakes and steak, you won’t run out of options certain to please your taste buds.
Originally opened as a hotel, the transformation to a restaurant is quite remarkable. Plus, if you ask around you may hear some good ghost stories as well!
Casa de Suenos
While Casa de Suenos is technically a bed and breakfast (and would be another amazing place to stay during your trip to St. Augustine), during our visit we only arrived to have breakfast. If you are looking for an amazing place to dine with some truly stellar breakfast dishes, this is the place for you.
Plus, you can always book a room here as well during your next visit to St. Augustine!
No trip to St. Augustine would be complete without stopping at one of the best Italian restaurants in northeast Florida. From the moment that you walk through the door, you are treated like one of their family and the pride and love for their restaurant and food shows. Not only is the food amazing, but they also have a private ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests for events and special occasions. The next time that you find yourself in St. Augustine, treat yourself and your taste buds to a true culinary treat at Amici.
Places to visit in St. Augustine
Located in St. Augustine, Flagler College is a beautiful campus that deserves a look. The really cool aspect of this college is that it formally used to be a luxury hotel, so it still has so many “lavish” aspects to it. There is actually a woman only lounge and Tiffany glass windows that can be found without.
The students are welcoming and if you find yourself walking on the campus taking a look, you’ll more than likely we welcomed, greeted and even possibly shown about by one or two of the students who are enrolled there. Recently, Flagler College just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary as well!
Corazon Cinema and Cafe
The timeline and history of the Corazon Cinema and Cafe are so unique and fun. While the building currently houses 3 theaters and a dining option, it has previously been a cigar factory, an upholstery shop, and even a feed store! It’s apparent that there are love and passion put into this business and the name certainly implies that as well. Corazon in Spanish means “heart”, which again, shows the love for the business, but also says something about the location being that it’s right in the middle of St. Augustine as well.
Every day you’ll find something going on at this cinema and you won’t want to miss out on the experience!
St. Augustine Distillery
Offering free tours, the St. Augustine Distillery is a new and upcoming business to visit. Not only is it a new venture, but it’s a dream venture of 28 local people who wanted to break their own whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin. Free tastings are also available throughout the tour as well!
It’s a great way to see how spirits are made since this location makes most of their own beverages there!
St. Augustine Eco Tours
Marine life and amazing views await you at the St. Augustine Eco Tours. The tour guides are amazing and knowledgeable and really take their time when talking throughout the tour. Plus, you’ll have the chance to have an amazing view of Castillo de San Marcos and always keep your eyes peeled for dolphins! They are everywhere!
Offering guided boat tours, kayak adventures, sailing excursions and so much more, you’ll love being able to get out on the water and one with nature as well. Their most popular tour that they offer is the Eco Boat Tour where you are exploring the waterways of St. Augustine for a glorious 1 1/2 hours. Prices for adults are$40, children ages 3 to 12 are $35, and infants 2 and under are $15.
Final Thoughts about our trip to St. Augustine
Visiting St. Augustine needs to be on your bucket list. There are so many amazing places to visit, dine and explore that you could spend a week there and still not see or do it all!
One other wonderful aspect about St. Augustine is that they have a trolley from Old Town Trolley that is available to use and take you around to different parts of the town. Sometimes, it’s just nice to have someone else drive and shuttle you to and from that knows the location! You can purchase a day pass that allows you to just hop on and off, making it super convenient to explore St. Augustine as you want!
The next time that you’re looking for a coastal place to visit and explore, make St. Augustine a priority! From shopping, nature, history and amazing food, there is seriously something for everyone in your family!