Our Favorite Free Things to Do in St Augustine

 

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image credited to the St. Augustine Distillery
http://staugustinedistillery.com/

There are so many things to do in St Augustine and what’s even better is many of them are FREE!

We are just getting started with a list of our favorites for you and have already come up with 7, most of which are walking distance from the inn with the exception of Fort Matanzas National Park.

 

  1. The San Sebastian Winery – Tour the winery, see a film, and taste some wine. Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Easter, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  2. The St Augustine Distillery – St. Augustine Distillery is located in the Historic Ice Plant in the city of St. Augustine. Built in the year 1907, this place has been registered in the National Register of Historic Places. It is known for the craft- spirits made using locally grown crops like sugar cane that brings together the native flavors. Recently the St Augustine Distillery was named Best Craft Gin Distillery in the United States in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. They also take bragging rights to St. Augustine’s #1 attraction in 2016!
  3. St. Photos Shrine – Tour the first Greek Orthodox Church in the United States and stop for a family photo in the grotto.
  4. Pena Peck House – Former home of the Spanish Royal Treasurer, this landmark structure is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Legend has it that pirates once traveled to St. Augustine to loot this home. Managed by the Woman’s Exchange, a community service organization. Closed Sundays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Donations welcome.
  5. Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum– Artifacts include Hurricane Madonna and a pair of slippers worn by a former Pope. Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, a Catholic order that came to St. Augustine after the Civil War to teach former slaves to read and write. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations welcome.
  6. Fort Matanzas National Landmark – Located 12 miles south of St. Augustine at the southern end of Anastasia Island. Take a free boat ride to Rattlesnake Island where you might see dolphins and/or manatees. Thespians reenact the roles of Spanish soldiers on duty at the fort, and on the first Saturday of each month there is a weapon firing display featuring muskets and canons. Open daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  7. The Mission of Nombre de Dios – Spanish conquistador Pedro Menéndez Avilés founded this mission in 1565 and it’s the first of its kind in the Americas established for the Spanish cross and crown. Historians allege that it was this spot where Avilés kissed the wooden cross presented to him by the chaplain of his expedition. Some of the highlights include a bronze memorial to the same Father that stands on the lagoon’s eastern bank along with the Great Cross, erected as a memorial of the Mission’s 400th anniversary. One other highlight includes the casket of Avilés inside the museum.

In addition to our top seven list of things to do in St. Augustine, all the historic churches are free to tour Monday through Saturday. The Cathedral Basilica and the Flagler Memorial Church are both worthy of a visit as they play a major role in St. Augustine history.

At the Agustin Inn – St Augustine’s most conveniently located bed and breakfast, our staff strives to make your stay in the nation’s oldest city most memorable. We enjoy assisting with any recommendations for things to do in St. Augustine, places to have a nice dinner, a leisurely afternoon and the best tours and attractions to check out! We look forward to accommodating you upon your next stay and guiding you in the right direction when it comes to things to do during your visit.

Always be sure to check our website and event calendar for upcoming events, concerts and festivals and check with the innkeeper for things to do in St Augustine during your stay!