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St. Augustine: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with Museum Entry

St. Augustine: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with Museum Entry

See historic St. Augustine on a guided hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Listen as your conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and stories. Find out about the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country at the St. Augustine History Museum. Enjoy a full 90-minute tour on the trolley or have the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 22 stops. Avoid getting through traffic or having to find and pay for parking. Let your conductor take care of navigating for you. Relive the story of the first settlement in North America as you see Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fort built in the 17th century. See the famous spring that Ponce de Leon which is deemed the Fountain of Youth, where you can actually sample the water. Explore the site of the first mass in America at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour Old St. Augustine Village, which features houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, the oldest documented colonial house in Florida which was lived in by British, Spanish, and American colonists. Immerse yourself in the 500 year history of the city as you view the exhibits at the St. Augustine History Museum.  There are 22 Stops conveniently located close to many places of interest in St. Augustine: 1) 167 San Marco Ave: Old Town Trolley Tours of St Augustine, The Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience, St. Augustine History Museum, Gator Bob’s Trading Post, Spice & Tea Exchange 2) 10 W. Castillo Dr.: Visitor Information Center 3) 31 Orange Street: Potter’s Wax Museum, Old Drug Store, Tolomato Cemetery 4) 1 St. George Street: City Gates + St. George Street (historic walking mall), Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse 5) 20 S. Castillo Dr: Colonial Quarter, Pirate & Treasure Museum, Castillo de San Marcos 6) 6 Avenida Menendez: Bay View at the Best Western, Shipwreck Museum 7) 39 Hypolita Street: Hypolita Street and St. George Street, Columbia Restaurant 8) 38 Sevilla Street: Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church + Grace United Methodist Church Ancient City Baptist Church 9) 81 King Street: Villa Zorayda Museum 10) 80 Cordova St: Lightner Museum, Flagler College 11) 112 Riberia Street: St. Augustine Distillery 12) 146 King Street: San Sebastian Winery 13) 139 King Street: Whetstone Chocolate Factory 14) 38 Cathedral Place: Plaza de la Constitucion, Government House, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine 15) 22 St. Francis Street: Oldest House, Fernandez Llambias House 16) 111 Avenida Menendez: St. Augustine Marina, Schooner Freedom, The Black Raven Pirate Cruise 17) 1 S. Castillo Dr.: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument 18) 19 San Marco Ave: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 19) 27 San Marco Ave: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center 20) 101 San Marco Ave: Mission of Nombre de Dios, Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche 21) 137 San Marco Ave: The Old Senator + Villa 1565 22) 11 Magnolia Ave: The Fountain of Youth

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: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

St. Augustine: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

Save your legs with a tour of St. Augustine by land and sea with minimum walking required. Enjoy a 75-minute narrated boat ride around Matanzas Harbor then see the city's most important sights in an electric golf cart. Pass by Plaza de la Constitución, the Lightner Museum, and much more. Start the day with a sail through Matanzas Harbor. Feel the wind in your hair from the top deck or keep warm on the lower deck as you take in the city's historic landmarks from a unique waterside perspective. Enjoy live commentary from a certified tour guide/driver. Once back on dry land, hop in an electric golf cart for a city sightseeing tour. Pass by Plaza de la Constitución, Lightner Museum, and Castillo de San Marcos. See iconic hotels such as the Alcazar and Casa Monica. Finally, ride by the Mision Nombre de Dios site and the Fountain of Youth.

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: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

St. Augustine: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walking Tour

Follow the storytellers through the Old Town, visiting some of their favorite haunts, on this guided walking tour through St. Augustine’s ghostly locations. Meet your guide at 12 St. George Street (next door to the oldest wooden schoolhouse) and stroll through the darkened streets, listening to stories of long-deceased residents who have not moved on. While traveling the most haunted areas of St. Augustine, the USA’s oldest city, you will hear the most enchanting and historical accounts of paranormal sightings, captures, and the story behind why they appear. From the Old Cemeteries, to the infamous Castillo de San Marcos, your guide will make sure you have every chance to capture and explore your own paranormal encounters. This is an award-winning tour that has operated since 1998 and welcomes young and old alike — the very best unscripted tour. The experience begins and ends at the same location with convenient parking nearby.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

Visit St. Augustine, the so-called “Ancient City” and oldest continuously settled town in the United States. Experience the charming atmosphere and beautiful climate of a town located between northeast and central-east Florida. While there, explore St. Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, and unique shops. Make sure to also take in the history at the significant landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth, and more, Choose between the following tour options: • St. Augustine Day Tour: Spend a full day in the oldest city in the U.S. Find out about the historic landmarks with a tour guide and then shop, dine, and discover the city at your own pace. • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise: Get a unique view of the city and see its many historic landmarks and impressive natural beauty on a narrated tour around Matanzas Bay. • St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter Museum: Embark on an interactive adventure where history comes alive with a guide in proper colonial attire. Throughout this living museum, experience a musket firing, blacksmith demonstrations, and more. • Road Train Tour: Set off on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing adventure through town aboard a trolley streetcar. Learn interesting facts about the 22 unique sites on the 7-mile (11-kilometer) loop, and hop on and off where you like to explore the attractions at your own pace. • Pirate & Treasure Museum: Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures. Delight in award-winning interactive exhibits that make this hands-on museum an experience for all the family. Whichever tour option you choose, your day will include plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the local restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

St. Augustine: Hauntings and Ghosts Guided Tour by Golf Cart

St. Augustine: Hauntings and Ghosts Guided Tour by Golf Cart

Why walk when you can drive through the most haunted spots in town. In addition to its amazing history, St Augustine is known as one of the most haunted cities in the US. You will drive by some of these haunted sites: cemeteries, old churches and hotels that provide the perfect ambient to hear spooky ghost stories. Come join us if you dare… This one hour guided tour will bring you to the most haunted spots in St Augustine. Narrow streets paved in cobblestone provides the perfect atmosphere to immerse yourself in the city’s ghostly history. You will drive by the most iconic and haunted landmarks around the US oldest city: Former Ponce de Leon Hotel, Alcazar Hotel, Castillo de San Marcos. Huguenot and Tolomato Cemeteries.

St. Augustine: Family-Friendly Guided Ghost Tour

St. Augustine: Family-Friendly Guided Ghost Tour

Discover the haunted history of America’s Oldest City on a guided walking tour through the Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine. Hear stories from four centuries of crime, scandal, adventure, piracy, and imprisonment. Walk down the Colonial Quarter by lamplight in search of lost spirits and visit the Castillo de San Marcos to find its founding phantoms. Whether it’s the ghosts of Yellow Fever or Ponce de Leon, you’re sure to encounter a wandering soul. Be captivated by true stories of crime, scandal, and piracy as you hear the legends behind historic landmarks such as 32 Charlotte Street, Castillo de San Marcos, Old City Gate, Huguenot Cemetery, Tolomato Cemetery, and the Old Wooden Schoolhouse.

St. Augustine: Walking Tour with Wine, Cocktails, and Food

St. Augustine: Walking Tour with Wine, Cocktails, and Food

Join a gastronomic experience in St. Augustine with this guided walking tour. Explore the historic downtown district by walking through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the oldest town in the States. Delve into the city's culinary scene by savoring a glass of wine, 2 cocktails, and lots of food. Meet your guide and walk past outdoor cafe tables lining the streets and bougainvillea climbing storied walls. Stop at 3 of the city’s best venues to enjoy wine tastings, charcuterie boards, and colorful cocktails. Between delicious drinks and food, view sites such as the Old City Gates, the fort of Castillo de San Marcos, Plaza de la Constitución, and America’s oldest thoroughfare, Aviles Street.

St. Augustine: Old City Phantoms, Pirates, and Poltergeists

St. Augustine: Old City Phantoms, Pirates, and Poltergeists

Step out of the hot Florida sun and into the shadows on this 60-minute walking ghost tour of the nation’s oldest city. Delve into 300 years of war, natural disasters, bootlegging, and pirates before heading to Casa de la Paz, also known as the home of the “waiting bride.” From there, you will wind through 6 other active haunted locations before circling back to the starting point with a head full of history and spine-chilling tales. Have the chance to mingle with the hundreds of restless spirits who haunt this city.

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4.6
(220 reviews)

It was great as always. My daughter and I go every year for our birthdays. We booked an inn right by a trolley stop. The trolley is the best way to get to so many great places. Will be using it again next year.

This tour was awesome and very informative. i wish i would’ve scheduled it sooner in our trip because our tour guide told us so many cool places to check out. highly recommend

The activity was incredible! We witnessed an incredible sunset and learned a lot about the history of St. Augustine while soaking in the views.

Boat cruise was fun. Land tour was informative. Tour guide was great.

Great 👍 I enjoy every story about all places we went