Bridge of Lions: Our most recommended tours and activities

St. Augustine: Waterfront and Downtown Golf Cart Tour

St. Augustine: Waterfront and Downtown Golf Cart Tour

Discover the best of St. Augustine on an open-cabin electric golf cart tour with a certified guide. Explore the waterfront and the city’s historic downtown area, passing sights like the Fountain of Youth. This is the perfect way for people wanting to see the city while keeping walking to a minimum.  After boarding your golf cart at the Plaza de la Constitucion, head toward the waterfront with sweeping views of the Matanzas Harbor and the Bridge of Lions. Pass in front of the Castillo de San Marcos on the way to the Mission Nombre de Dios site where the city founder first arrived.  Drive by the Fountain of Youth, Magnolia Street, and the Old Jail. Once downtown, pass by the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, alcazar, and Casa Monica hotels. Spot the Governor’s House and ride down Aviles Street, the oldest street in the U.S.  Step back in time as you find yourself in the oldest part of town. Be camera-ready as you pass by examples of Spanish and British colonial architecture. Before returning to the plaza, drive by the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church and see the outside of the Hotel Ponce de Leon where the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows collection may be seen.

St. Augustine: Sunset Boat Tour to Dolphin Bay

St. Augustine: Sunset Boat Tour to Dolphin Bay

Meet your crew and start your family-friendly boat tour from St. Augustine out onto Dolphin Bay. Head for the nation's oldest and most historic waterfront to take in its many sights at sunset while cruising on the St. Augustine Inlet. Make an eco-friendly, non-intrusive stop to see the area's most interesting residents – pods of Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. While they are not always on the bay and sometimes go out to sea, they are often seen on the cruise. Next, head under the famous Bridge of Lions and up close and near the downtown St. Augustine waterfront only yards away from the old Spanish fort, one of the most historic and important buildings in North America. Enjoy well-placed narrations about the local ecosystem and history, as you enjoy the many sights and sounds on your route from the comfort of a boat.

St Augustine: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

St Augustine: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 1.8 mile-long tour covers the essentials of St Augustine in 1 hour. Your journey into the historic heart of St. Augustine begins at the formidable Castillo de San Marcos. Here, you’ll uncover the details of the many battles between the English and the Spanish that raged here throughout history. Next, take a peek at the Old City Gates before heading into Old City itself. Visit the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the country, then meander along St. George Street, the bustling heart of St. Augustine! As you explore the rich historic district, you’ll be treated to tales of the city’s past, from its transition from Spanish to American rule to a devastating epidemic and more. Plus, you’ll pass plenty of eye-popping architecture, like the Memorial Presbyterian Church and Flagler College's beautiful campus. And you won’t want to miss the breathtaking Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine! As you stroll through the Plaza de la Constitución, you’ll uncover more of this city’s history, including a fight for civil rights, the tale of an ill-fated explorer, and much more. At last, you’ll walk alongside the river, taking in Instagram-worthy views and delving into St. Augustine’s wartime stories. Your tour leads you back to Castillo de San Marcos and concludes at the same place where it began.

Self-Guided Audio Tour of St Augustine

Self-Guided Audio Tour of St Augustine

From its jaw-dropping Bridge of Lions to the resilient fortress of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine is like a historical theme park where the exhibits are real, and the stories are legendary! On this walking tour, you‘ll take in more than 350 years of fascinating history with Context Travel expert and storyteller, Jennifer Geraghty. As you walk, she‘ll bring the city‘s colorful characters to life, recount epic battles, and point out the many historical firsts that shaped the city. Starting in front of the Governor‘s House Cultural Center and Museum, you‘ll hear how the city began as a humble Spanish outpost and blossomed into a glittering jewel of the Gilded Age. From there, you‘ll make your way around St Augustine‘s Historic District, and see several sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You‘ll see the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Sanchez House, and St Augustine‘s oldest house, the Gonzalez Alvarez House, and learn to spot Spanish and British influences in the architecture. Going up St George Street, Jennifer will also show you the Prince Murat Cottage and the Stanbury Cottage, known as the Gingerbread House. You‘ll see where the city walls once stood and pass through the Old City Gates. In Plaza de la Constitución, the oldest public space in the US, you‘ll hear the secrets behind the square‘s obelisk, like why it‘s the only one of its kind globally. Along the way, you‘ll: • Relive the first pirate attacks, which ransacked the town and captured several members of the local population • Explore the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine, the oldest parish church and the birthplace of Christianity in the US • Trace the fascinating transformation of the Governor‘s House, serving as a historical treasure trove • Learn how massive flooding caused the citizens of St. Augustine to build and rebuild a new sea wall • Stroll down St. George Street, the historical heart of St Augustine • Discover how the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse survived a hurricane • Find out why Castillo de San Marcos, a marvel of military defense took 23 years to complete and how its ”cheese-like“ walls made the fort impenetrable to the English • Listen to the legendary stories of Biassou, the nation‘s first Black general • Be captivated by the ghostly legends and astonishing stories that surround the Spanish Military Hospital, and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse • See where the city was rebuilt after harrowing fires scorched it • Follow the origins of the Yellow Fever epidemic • Meet the lucky parrot who inherited millions of dollars Experience the triumphs and tribulations that are etched into St. Augustine, from its resilience against invasions, and fires that tested their mettle, to its unyielding spirit of rebuilding against all odds.

Dolphin Bay Eco History Tour - St Augustine FL

Dolphin Bay Eco History Tour - St Augustine FL

The waters of St Augustine are home to several different pods of dolphins that gather, feed, and play in the bay and creeks. The dolphin experience is almost always enjoyed - we should note that they are wild, free animals and on the rarest occasion they might be elusive and hard to find. It rarely happens that the dolphins are scarce but we don’t want to give the impression that we have them trained to show up on cue. Some of the other species often seen on our eco cruise include sea turtles, manatees, and many shorebirds. Also, the history of this quaint town will be shared - St Augustine is so rich with history.

St. Augustine: Guided City Highlights Tour & Scenic Cruise

St. Augustine: Guided City Highlights Tour & Scenic Cruise

Come on a journey through the storied streets of St. Augustine, Florida with a local guide. Discover the city's rich history and cultural heritage as you explore iconic landmarks such as the towering Old Senator Tree, the historic district, and the majestic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. First, stroll through charming streets and vibrant spaces, from Plaza de la Constitución to Aviles Street, pause to relax in the tranquil surroundings of Eddie Vickers Park. Next, experience the city's formidable past at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, followed by a leisurely scenic boat cruise offering panoramic views of St. Augustine's coastal beauty. The adventure culminates with a visit to the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, providing insight into the city's maritime heritage and offering breathtaking views of the skyline. As the tour concludes, we'll drop you off, leaving you with cherished memories of St. Augustine's timeless allure.

St Augustine: Black Raven Pirate Ship July 4th Fireworks

St Augustine: Black Raven Pirate Ship July 4th Fireworks

Come celebrate America's birthday on the best ship in the nation's oldest city! Black Raven's 4th of July special event sailing will feature music, specialty drinks at our ship's fully stocked bar, and appetizers as you watch the fireworks light up the night sky over the Matanzas River. Open to all ages but recommended for 13+! It's time to get patriotic with the Pirates of Black Raven! Boarding and check-in information: Check-in time for our 4th of July sailing will be from 7:00 PM-7:50 PM inside the Black Raven Ship Store inside the St. Augustine Municipal Marina building located at 111 Avenida Menendez. Boarding will begin at 8:00 PM and the ship leaves the dock at 8:15 PM. For parking information and directions, please see the Location and Directions tab under the About Us section located on our website at the top of the page.

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What people are saying about Bridge of Lions

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Nice, comfortable tour with the golf cart, the guide's explanations were not always easy to understand for Germans. The guide is from Puerto Rico.

We had the tour to ourselves & Luis did s great job showing us around bearing in mind we already know the city pretty well.

Dry cool experience. Boat captain was very good and fun. Really had a great experience. Highly recommend.

Was a great experience .. Learned alot about the area. And the guide was awesome. Thanks.

Excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Glad we booked!