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St. Augustine
Saint Augustine is a luxurious, romantic vacation spot—you’ll find classic hotels and intimate restaurants. Those can be a dime a dozen, though. What sets Saint Augustine apart is its history—it’s the oldest European settlement in the U.S. And nowhere else in the world can you taste the waters of the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park (where Ponce de Leon may have landed). Who knows, if you vacation here, maybe you won’t need that Botox!

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Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Monuments & Statues
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St. Augustine Wild Reserve
St. Augustine Wild Reserve
Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in... more Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in advance. Tours are held in the afternoon, usually on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Email as far in advance as possible to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. We may be able to schedule a tour on a different day, if we know far enough in advance. Guests will be given a guided tour of the 7-acre animal compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the species arrived at our sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed a close-up view of the exotic animals. Guests will be able to venture closer to adult African lions than they ever imagined. Also on the tour will be our amazing white tigers, several orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, lynxes, leopards, hyenas, coati mundis, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white. We also have a large bird collection, which includes conures, macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds, and even parakeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, doves, quail and finches. We feed all of the big cats on the tour on most days, and set up a tiger bubblebath for one pair of tigers. We do not allow photography at this compound, however, we do offer a fabulous photo CD at the end of the tour for a small donation. You may photograph our beautiful peacocks, lovebirds and conures, which are outside of the compound near the guest waiting area. Thank you! less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Flagler College
Flagler College
Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry... more Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. This National Historic Landmark serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.The grand hotel launched the careers of young architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings who are noted most for the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Office Buildings adjacent to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.The Edison Electric Company powered the building with steam heat and 4,000 electric lights, making the Ponce one of the nation’s first electrified buildings. Louis Comfort Tiffany is credited with the building’s interior design including the stained glass and mosaics. Murals were completed by George Willoughby Maynard and Virgilio Tojetti.The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then, the college has spent more than $43 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. less
Attraction type: Educational sites
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St. Augustine ECO Tours
St. Augustine ECO Tours
Owner description: Explore St. Augustine! St. Augustine ECO Tours offers guided Kayak, Catamaran & Boat tours of the beautiful marshes & waterways surrounding St. Augustine, Florida. Join our... more Owner description: Explore St. Augustine! St. Augustine ECO Tours offers guided Kayak, Catamaran & Boat tours of the beautiful marshes & waterways surrounding St. Augustine, Florida. Join our passionate naturalists on an excursion of your choice. The dolphin & nature boat tour is the most popular and covers the most distance. Listen to dolphins with underwater microphones and get the best photos of your trip. Kayak, Boat & Catamaran sailing trips available daily by reservation. Let’s GO! less
Attraction type: Eco Tours; Boat Tours; Kayaking & Canoeing; Ferries; Nature & Wildlife Tours
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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Owner description: A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than you might expect! Climb 219 steps for a breathtaking view of both St. Aug and the beaches. Or go below to... more Owner description: A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than you might expect! Climb 219 steps for a breathtaking view of both St. Aug and the beaches. Or go below to discover object from a British shipwreck. Take free with admission guided tours at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Or come early at 9 am to beat the heat. Late in the day is also cooler and we are open all summer until 7 pm. Families can enjoy a self guided tour that includes a shipyard playground and a short nature trail. A small-craft boat building exhibition is on site, and you can see archaeologists at work on objects from under the sea. In the keepers' house see "At Home with the Harns in Post Civil War Household," which tells the story of Major William Harn who was at both Ft Sumter and Gettysburg as an artillery commander. He and his family lived as lighthouse keepers for 20 years after the war. Also climb aboard the sandbar in WRECKED! an exhibition about a 1782 British shipwreck following the American Revolution. Our Archaeologists have discovered this story just for you. Visitors can also encounter ghosts and spirits on the nighttime, Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse tower. Book this tour in advance because it fills up fast. And book mid-week to avoid the crowds. For general admission purchase your tickets on-line in advance w/coupon code LH15 to get a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Or join on the porch with a family membership for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. There is always more to come at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. less
Attraction type: Lighthouses; History Museums
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Crave Food Truck
Crave Food Truck
Ranked #1 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Healthy
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Uptown Scratch Kitchen
Uptown Scratch Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Price: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Caribbean, South American, American
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Collage Restaurant
Collage Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Price:
Cuisines: International
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Ranked #4 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
The Hyppo
The Hyppo
Ranked #5 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Price: $1 - $4
Cuisines: Healthy, American
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Compass RV Park
1.5 of 5
Compass RV Park
$71 - $120
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The Pirate Haus Inn
2.0 of 5
The Pirate Haus Inn
$63 - $210
Ranked #20 of 31 St. Augustine B&B and Inns
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Quality Inn Outlet Mall
2.5 of 5
Quality Inn Outlet Mall
$82 - $143
Ranked #39 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Cozy Inn
2.0 of 5
The Cozy Inn
$109 - $192
Ranked #1 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Augustine Historic District
3.0 of 5
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Augustine Historic District
$173 - $341
Ranked #3 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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Edgewater Inn
2.5 of 5
Edgewater Inn
$146 - $296
Ranked #5 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
$195 - $469
Ranked #15 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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Pearl of the Sea Luxury Bed and Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Pearl of the Sea Luxury Bed and Breakfast
$265 - $388
Ranked #17 of 31 St. Augustine B&B and Inns
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World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
4.0 of 5
World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
$153 - $301
Ranked #27 of 79 Hotels in St. Augustine
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