St Augustine, Florida, was founded by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Florida’s first governor, in September 1565. The previous capital of Florida until 1824, St Augustine has attracted tourists from all over, due to its distinct historical character, along with being the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.
With so many things to do, you’ll be hard-pressed to figure out how to plan out your time here. But never fear, we’re here, with the top 5 tours to take in St Augustine, for a worry free experience!
1. Secrets of St. Augustine ghost tour
Listen to master storyteller Dion Moore as he spins tales of the spooky and terrifying. With over 15 years of experience, Moore has all the experience you need to selflessly witness the horrors and spooks that St Augustine has to offer from the last hundred odd years. As the oldest city of all, you can be sure there’s plenty of nightmare fuel to haunt your dreams at night, and you’ll do yourself a favour (or at least get an adrenaline rush) if you come on this scare-tastic tour.
Secrets of St. Augustine ghost tour
Address: 9 Saint George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3600
Website: Secrets of St. Augustine ghost tour
2. St. Augustine Gold Tours
St Augustine Gold Tours offer unique private tours in Florida and are the first to use an electric vehicle. Travelling around, you’ll have about one and a half hours, with a full history narration by retired English barrister and part-time judge Peter Gold (hence the name) or his wife Maureen (also a retired English attorney and part-time judge). Both are licensed tour guides with incredible knowledge of the ancient city’s history, which they deliver in their unforgettable style.
St. Augustine Gold Tours
Address: 6 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3619
Website: St. Augustine Gold Tours
3. St. Augustine Eco Tours
St Augustine Eco Tours offer a truly one of a kind experience in letting you tour the city…on a boat! The crew has spent a grand total of 25 years perfecting their guided boat excursions, kayak tours and sailing trips on the inland waters, and will give you a completely different view of the city.
The boats are also fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, selling St Augustine through the unique perspective of eco-tourism and teaching guests about the beauty and importance of local wildlife and habitats. This is a cool experience in the summer!
St. Augustine Eco Tours
Address: 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4402
Website: St. Augustine Eco Tours
4. Whetstone Chocolates
Feeling peckish? Got a sweet tooth? Then look no further than the Whetstone Chocolates tasting tour! You’ll be introduced to the history and making of chocolate and the story behind the Whetstone Factory’s history. As a four-tiered tasting, you can taste everything the factory has to offer, from dark to milk, white to even cocoa nibs!
All the chocolate is fresh and you’ll be getting plenty to keep your energy up, as you walk through the factory. Strictly for those with a discriminating palate, these artisan chocolates are practically out of the world! Prepare yourself for a truly decadent, delicious experience with Whetstone Chocolates!
Address: 139 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4325
Website: Whetstone Chocolates
5. Schooner Freedom
We were Born before the Wind...... Van Morrison Sailing schedule Sat Sept 16th 5:45...Posted by Schooner Freedom Charters, Inc. on Saturday, 16 September 2017
Ok, so we lied - St Augustine offers more than one boat tour and the other is offered by none other than Schooner Freedom Charters! Sailing the waters of St Augustine since 2001, this is one of the city’s bestselling attractions, and perfect for couples or even for a fun family day out, with their selection of Day, Romantic Sunset and Enchanting Moonlight sails.
Prepare yourself for gorgeous views and once in a lifetime sights, such as a pod of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Truly magical, this is a must visit tour while here in St Augustine!
Address: 111 Avenida Menendez Ste D, Slip 86, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4402
Website: Schooner Freedom
St Augustine comes well equipped with its share of spooks and you can get up close and personal with them, as you take a lovely, guided evening stroll in the dark for 90 minutes. Accompany your costumed guide, as they bring you to two cemeteries, the ground of the Old Fort, and Love Tree Cottage and get completely immersed in all the strange and kooky stories that surround these landmarks.
The tour is limited to just 10 per session, and you can expect both humour and horror in this fun, family-friendly tour, that’s sure to tingle a few spines here and there, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot a ghost or two!
Walking Ghost Tour of St Augustine
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Check out the St Augustine History Museum and discover the city’s 400-year strong history and how it’s evolved over the years to become the place it is today. From Spanish to British rule, you’ll find an amazing collection of knowledge about Florida, through the help of historical displays and private collections.
Guests can visit the Spanish Sunken Treasure Room, a Timucan Indian Village, and a Florida Cracker Trading Post. What’s more, immerse yourself completely in the experience and feel how it was like building Flagler’s Railroad, a fascinating story for all time!
St. Augustine History Museum Experience
Old Town Trolley Tours, the Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum, St. Augustine History Museum and Gator Bob's trading post...Posted by Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine on Thursday, 7 September 2017
Don’t have time to explore St Augustine at a leisurely pace? Have no fear, just get yourself on the one hour, narrated, hop-on-hop-off Old Town trolley tour, for a whirlwind tour of the city! With 19 stops available, it’s easy to get around to visit over a hundred points of interest, as your conductor shares the history, attractions and sights of St Augustine.
Conveniently, you can also choose to get on or off at any of the stops, and the pass even includes admission to the Florida Heritage Museum and the St. Augustine Beach Bus! This is a real steal and a super good deal.
St. Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Plenty to see and do in St Augustine...
St Augustine is a city full of history and urban legends and the only way you’re going to learn about all of them is booking yourself a tour with a local guide. Sit back and let your guide bring you through fascinating stories and amazing sights, as you learn all you ever need about this fascinating and historical city!
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