Colonial Quarter
Colonial Quarter
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Take an immersive journey through centuries of St. Augustine's rich history, brought to life at this revitalized two-acre attraction in the heart of the downtown historic district. Tour, dine, shop and enjoy an interactive Historic Adventure Tour or discover on your own from climbing a 35-foot watchtower to exploring the 270 year old Demesa House. Your history begins here!
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA841 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We (four history-loving adults) visited here on Dec. 31 as part of our three days exploring St. Augustine; we had purchased discounted combo tickets online with the pirate museum (reviewed separately). We timed our visit to catch a Colonial Experience tour, for which Andy James was our guide. He was an engaging speaker and caught us right up into the St. Augustine experience with a great introductory narrative. He demonstrated the cumbersome steps involved in firing both a small cannon and a musket—both impressive to experience up close. He took us through a historic house and over to see the numerous flags that have flown over St. Augustine through the ages (an interesting summary); he also demonstrated basic blacksmithing skills. After our time with Andy for those few “living history” activities (about 45 minutes), we were free to walk around the site on our own; there were a few more buildings to peak into but not much more than Andy showed us.

After our visit (one hour in total), I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to see here. Since tours are given only four times a day, it seems they could be a bit longer and include a few more areas of the complex (i.e. shipyard, print shop, etc.) to give visitors the fullest experience possible (a few living history activities in the house would make sense as well). The area devoted to this attraction is actually quite small, when it merits a real museum presence like one finds at Jamestown, VA, or Plimoth Plantation in MA. (Too bad this complex wasn’t reconstructed on all that unused space by the fort across the street.) As a colonial history buff, I was left wanting more here. Fortunately, we visited a few other history-oriented sites in town, and together these gave me a good education about Florida’s history and settlement.
Written January 28, 2020
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I'm so sorry you felt as you didn't receive as much history as you would have liked on your tour. As history lovers, I understand your disappointment. Typically our guides will stay after the tour to answer questions or engage in deeper discussions for folks who crave more than what they get from the tour, and you are also welcome to explore as much on your own, reading the 50 text panels that go into further detail of the history. We will take your recommendations under consideration as we build the program in the future.
Written February 6, 2020
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Kim F
Bellevue, WA10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This living history tour of a Colonial village was well worth the admission price (especially with the 55+ discount!). Our tour guide for the experience was a marvelous actor with a great sense of humor. He interacted well with the group and expertly and patiently answered every question.
From the leatherworker's shop to the blacksmith shop to a colonist's home to a merchant ship and a (sort of) live cannon demonstration, the tour offered a lot! So fun to imagine yourself living and working in that location and time period!
Written September 20, 2021
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What a great review! Thank you for sharing your experience on our tour!
Written March 10, 2022
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shellie
St. Augustine, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
I’ve done this tour four times. I like to do it on most of my St Augustine visits. After the fort, I think it’s one of the essential things to do. This past tour was the best ever. Our tour guide, Ellie, was one of those magical people who knows how to get kids to pay attention and even giggle every now and then while not boring the adults. We learned so many little pieces of trivia and didn’t want the tour to end. That speaks a lot from a person who has ADHD and has done the tour several times before.
Written December 1, 2021
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Thank you for such a detailed review! It's wonderful to read that you've taken our tour multiple times! We appreciate this feedback very much!
Written March 10, 2022
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JessicaToy1011
Lakeland, FL166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
I’m honestly surprised at how good this tour was. It was very comprehensive and while it seems to cover things similar to what the cover at the Fountain of Youth, I think the information was presented in a better way here. My whole family learned something, including my history-buff husband. The ticket booth said that the tour was about 25 minutes long but I think it was closer to 35 minutes. Lots of good history information.
Written March 22, 2021
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momlubo
Orlando, Florida72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Excellent tour. Besides learning about life in the early years of St Augustine there were a number of demonstrations. The firing of the cannon and musket were the great - a loud boom from each. Also demonstrated blacksmith skills. This information helped with the tour of the fort the next day.
Written January 28, 2021
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oklahomafire2017
Mustang, OK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
This a cool reenactment of colonial living in the new settlement of St. Augustine. Live fire of a cannon and flint lock riffle, black smith shop and demonstrations of how they made things. A life size replica of a ship that some of the settlers came across the ocean on. And a tour of one of the first houses built
Written June 6, 2021
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Patricia S
16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We expected to see colonial artisans showing off their crafts. Instead it was just a one man, one hour show. He was very talented and entertaining, telling us the history of the area and playing music on the accordion, bending iron like a blacksmith and shooting off the cannon. There was also a colonial house to tour. We enjoyed it but just expected a little more.
Written June 30, 2023
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Hi Patricia. Our guides are skilled performers, historians, musicians, and more! Therefore, we're very sorry to hear of your disappointment! Thank you for your feedback and for visiting us at the Colonial Quarter.
Written July 26, 2023
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ZuZu P
Niceville, FL118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
It wasn’t what we expected but we enjoyed it. Instead of a living history museum with different people scattered throughout (like Williamsburg), this was a one man show. Our guide was funny and kept everyone engaged. Tours are set times. The tour lasted less than an hour.
Written May 24, 2022
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Hi Rebekah! Thank you for taking the Colonial Experience tour and for leaving this review. We're so happy you enjoyed it and we appreciate the feedback.
Written May 27, 2022
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Valerie G
North Port, FL270 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
I thought this would be a good place to walk around with my three young children, but I was wrong. Everything is crazy expensive. We went into an ice cream shop and it was $15 for a simple cone. Walked a little farther to see if we could enjoy our time here but there were homeless people in the walkway laying down on the sidewalk. I know they need a place to be, but in the middle of a tourist area really isn't the best place.

We ended up walking around of about 15 minutes before deciding this wasn't a very fun area to be.

The old oak tree was pretty cool to see but unless you're just coming for an event or food under the oak, no need to stop here. There are way better things to spend your time in St.Augustine doing.
Written September 25, 2023
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Hi Valerie! We're very sorry to see your two star review of St. George Street where the Colonial Quarter is located. Here at the Colonial Quarter we offer the Colonial Experience Living History Tour which transports visitors to colonial St. Augustine. Our tour includes a blacksmith demonstration, live cannon firing, stories from the best guides in the city, and more!
Written November 30, 2023
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#southernyankeemama
Windermere, FL145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
I love coming here with our 4 th graders . While their annual school field trip has been canceled we went on our own as a family. Tour guide John was Fantastic!!! Seriously kids were hesitant at first but they were front row the entire time.
Written January 25, 2021
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