St. Augustine, Florida is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. This historic city is home to some of the best attractions in Florida, including The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, De Soto National Memorial, and the colorful Flagler Avenue. St. Augustine is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with its many parks and beaches. And don’t forget to try the local seafood!
Here’s what you need to know before visiting:
1. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is a must-see in Saint Augustine! This Spanish fortress features impressive walls and cannons dating back to the 17th century.
2. De Soto National Memorial honors the explorer who is credited with discovering Florida in 1539. Here you can explore exhibits about his life and explore the ruins of his former home.
3. Flagler Avenue is one of the most beautiful streets in St. Augustine and features shops, restaurants, and art galleries galore. You’ll also find plenty of places to stay if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in town.
4. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is a must-see at the end of Flagler Avenue. This landmark features an observation platform and a lighthouse museum with a fascinating history!
5. Castillo de San Marcos was once a military fortification and prison that became public property in 1862. You might not be able to visit it, but you can still see the Spanish archways and watch cannons being fired from Fort Matanzas Park across from the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
6. The IMAX Theater is the latest attraction at our local historic site, the Museum of Natural History and Science (aka Quinn’s). This facility allows you to see some of the most popular exhibitions on Earth: Dinosaur Adventure, Air & Space Expedition, and Planet.
7. The Museum of Transportation was built in 1992 and shows the history of transportation in our area. The facility is open daily, but it is closed on Tuesdays (winter hours).
8. The West Palm Beach Maritime Museum is one of the most interesting museums I have ever visited–it’s a shame they don’t have more space! It has exhibits on local maritime history and an excellent collection of artifacts.
9. There are public beaches all over the various communities, but the best one in my opinion is located at Royal Poinciana Way and South Bay Drive in Palmetto Bay!
10. This is not a museum, but worth mentioning nonetheless: The Historic Village of Jupiter Island features a variety of shops and restaurants that harken back to the early days of the island.
11. Carnival World cruise ships – We’ve heard great things about the Carnival World cruise ships and have been invited to participate in a future excursion, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so!
12. The Historic Village of Palm Beach also has a variety of shops and restaurants that sell local art, pottery, etc.
13. The “Lobster Loft” on Jupiter Island is very popular with locals and visitors alike–it’s located just off Poinciana Lane near Alligator Alley (a narrow road that leads from Royal Poinciana Way to Palm Beach Causeway).
14. You’ll need cash if you plan on doing any shopping on Jupiter Island–the closest ATMs are located at the Royal Poinciana Way shopping center in Palm Beach or at the Royal Poinciana Causeway in Palm Beach Shops.
15. On the beach…wear flip-flops and a long sleeve shirt, or bring your own towel from home. If a rainstorm rolls into town and you’re at the beach, get under an umbrella! Jupiter Island is notorious for sudden downpours!
16. If it’s not too crowded, take your bathing suits to the beach with you–it’s always fun to have a swim when there are hardly any other humans around!
17. Rent bikes here or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even rent a kayak or SUP to explore the waterways!
18. There are two golf courses on the island. The best way to play them is to rent a golf cart and drive yourself around. You can also walk around both courses, but it’s probably not recommended since they are very popular with tourists and locals alike!
19. Bring your binoculars–there aren’t many other places you can see bald eagles nesting on Jupiter Island!
20. Bring some sunscreen, bug spray (even though mosquitoes aren’t really an issue here), dry towels, bug spray, sunglasses, a swimsuit, and flip-flops if you plan on spending the day at the beaches! You’ll be glad you did!!
We hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in St. Augustine, Florida! As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need help planning your trip!