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

1. 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: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

2. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

3. St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

Board your paddle board or kayak and keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees on this guided excursion. Make your way through the waterways of St. Augustine as your guide helps you find marine life in the waters below. Meet your guide and discover a variety of different animals as you paddle on your paddle board or kayak. Enjoy an activity for all skill levels. Start with a ground demonstration and quick water lesson before setting out to find the wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, crabs, and more. Paddle along the 30-foot high sand dunes of Anastasia State Park while observing the marine life along the way.

St. Augustine: Waterfront and Downtown Golf Cart Tour

4. 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: Torture Museum, Ghost Hunt, & Tiny Art Tickets

5. St.Augustine: Torture Museum, Ghost Hunt, & Tiny Art Tickets

Visit the Medieval Torture Museum (with Audio guide included) and get the Ghost Hunting Experience and Tiny Art Gallery Admission with this all inclusive package. You can enjoy all three activities at one visit. The Medieval Torture Collection reminds visitors of the horrific injustices inflicted by madmen and tyrants upon the most unfortunate living in the Middle Ages. Throughout 5,000 square-feet, terrifying yet historically accurate exhibits and life-like reenactments showcase over a hundred repulsive torture devices, practices, and weapons used in Medieval societies. The museum's six rooms each boasts its own creepy theme. For example, one room houses the pendulum, a horrifying device that involved a swinging blade that slowly dipped towards the prisoner's body, eventually tearing through their clothes and skin. Another room features the grisly practice of strapping a bucket of rats onto a captive's torso, the application of heat forcing the vermin to claw through the stomach and chest. Don't forget to feel the chilling Ghost Hunting Experience using Ghost Hunting app. After guests tour the museum, a tiny art exhibit provides some relief, featuring almost 30 ultra-tiny paintings and miniature sculptures visible only through microscopes.

St. Augustine: St. Johns River Airboat Safari with a Guide

6. St. Augustine: St. Johns River Airboat Safari with a Guide

Journey through the backwaters of the St. Johns River on a guided airboat tour in St. Augustine. Learn facts about the region and witness the non-tidal freshwater creeks that North East Florida has to offer. Keep an eye out for alligators, snakes, turtles, and manatees. Take a thrilling ride through parts of Trout Creek and Six Mile Creek on the westernmost side of St. Augustine. As you cruise past long stretches of natural lands of the St. Johns River waterways, learn about some of the area's local history from your guide.

St. Augustine: True Crime Guided Pub Crawl

7. St. Augustine: True Crime Guided Pub Crawl

Explore St. Augustine's past on the 'Blood on the Cobblestones' true crime pub crawl. Indulge in drinks at bars including Forgotten Tonic and Casa Reina Taqueria & Tequila as you hear about the areas chilling history. Learn about local murderers and retrace their steps in detail with your guide. Meet your guide at Pizalley's Chianti Room. Browse the wide range of beverages and take a seat ready for an evening of horror. Discuss William Darrell Lindsey, a serial killer who targeted addicts and sex workers on the streets of St. Augustine between 1983 and 1996. Then, go to Casa Reina Taqueria & Tequila to enjoy another drink. Hear about the murder of Father Rene Robert, who was known for helping ex-convicts. You'll then move along to Forgotten Tonic. Explore a murder that happened on March 2, 1800, on the oldest street in the United States, Aviles Street. Next, head over to Saint George Street and Cathedral Place in the center of downtown where you'll have the chance to purchase drinks. Discuss the unsolved murder case of Lieutenant Guillermo Delaney. Hear about the murder of a model, broadway performer, and TV hostess, Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. Finally, you'll journey along to the Prohibition Kitchen, a vintage gastropub, to savor a drink and hear stories before ending your pub crawl.

The St. Augustine Old Jail Museum Guided Tour

8. The St. Augustine Old Jail Museum Guided Tour

St. Augustine’s Old Jail was built in 1891 and held prisoners for over 60 years. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this old jail is testament to a bygone age in American culture. Enjoy this compelling tour of the jail, led by an expert guide. Glimpse the cell blocks, gallows, and sheriff’s quarters. Your guided tour includes a close-up view of the men and women’s quarters, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. Learn about the living conditions of the jail, and see where death-row prisoners were kept. You will see where the sheriff and his wife and children lived right upstairs from the prisoners. Learn about how they used their kitchen to prepare meals for the inmates. The Old Jail deputies will entertain you with tales of justice and punishment when Florida was America's southernmost frontier. You might even meet America’s most feared sheriff–Joe Perry. For ghost enthusiasts (age 13+), choose the Jail After Dark Paranormal Tour option and join expert professionals on a late-night paranormal investigation using the latest ghost hunting equipment. Uncover the secrets of the Old Jail, St Augustine’s most haunted building.

St. Augustine: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

9. 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: Haunted Pub Crawl

10. St. Augustine: Haunted Pub Crawl

Embark on a Haunted Pub Crawl through St. Augustine where you and your drinking buddies will delve deep into the city's sordid past as well as some of its most notorious pubs and restaurants. Crawl your way through nearly 500 years of St. Augustine’s strange and unusual history with liquid courage. With an expert tour guide at your side, strap in, catch a buzz and discover the horrors of St Augustine for yourself. Hear stories of ghosts of bar managers long passed to a suspicious amount of fiery demises. Stop at renowned local spots such as Scarlett O’Hara’s, Stogies Jazz Club, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill, and O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits. Discover more about nightlife in the city, and favorite hangouts of the locals.

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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: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

Board your paddle board or kayak and keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees on this guided excursion. Make your way through the waterways of St. Augustine as your guide helps you find marine life in the waters below. Meet your guide and discover a variety of different animals as you paddle on your paddle board or kayak. Enjoy an activity for all skill levels. Start with a ground demonstration and quick water lesson before setting out to find the wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, crabs, and more. Paddle along the 30-foot high sand dunes of Anastasia State Park while observing the marine life along the way.

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: Torture Museum, Ghost Hunt, & Tiny Art Tickets

St.Augustine: Torture Museum, Ghost Hunt, & Tiny Art Tickets

Visit the Medieval Torture Museum (with Audio guide included) and get the Ghost Hunting Experience and Tiny Art Gallery Admission with this all inclusive package. You can enjoy all three activities at one visit. The Medieval Torture Collection reminds visitors of the horrific injustices inflicted by madmen and tyrants upon the most unfortunate living in the Middle Ages. Throughout 5,000 square-feet, terrifying yet historically accurate exhibits and life-like reenactments showcase over a hundred repulsive torture devices, practices, and weapons used in Medieval societies. The museum's six rooms each boasts its own creepy theme. For example, one room houses the pendulum, a horrifying device that involved a swinging blade that slowly dipped towards the prisoner's body, eventually tearing through their clothes and skin. Another room features the grisly practice of strapping a bucket of rats onto a captive's torso, the application of heat forcing the vermin to claw through the stomach and chest. Don't forget to feel the chilling Ghost Hunting Experience using Ghost Hunting app. After guests tour the museum, a tiny art exhibit provides some relief, featuring almost 30 ultra-tiny paintings and miniature sculptures visible only through microscopes.

St. Augustine: St. Johns River Airboat Safari with a Guide

St. Augustine: St. Johns River Airboat Safari with a Guide

Journey through the backwaters of the St. Johns River on a guided airboat tour in St. Augustine. Learn facts about the region and witness the non-tidal freshwater creeks that North East Florida has to offer. Keep an eye out for alligators, snakes, turtles, and manatees. Take a thrilling ride through parts of Trout Creek and Six Mile Creek on the westernmost side of St. Augustine. As you cruise past long stretches of natural lands of the St. Johns River waterways, learn about some of the area's local history from your guide.

St. Augustine: True Crime Guided Pub Crawl

St. Augustine: True Crime Guided Pub Crawl

Explore St. Augustine's past on the 'Blood on the Cobblestones' true crime pub crawl. Indulge in drinks at bars including Forgotten Tonic and Casa Reina Taqueria & Tequila as you hear about the areas chilling history. Learn about local murderers and retrace their steps in detail with your guide. Meet your guide at Pizalley's Chianti Room. Browse the wide range of beverages and take a seat ready for an evening of horror. Discuss William Darrell Lindsey, a serial killer who targeted addicts and sex workers on the streets of St. Augustine between 1983 and 1996. Then, go to Casa Reina Taqueria & Tequila to enjoy another drink. Hear about the murder of Father Rene Robert, who was known for helping ex-convicts. You'll then move along to Forgotten Tonic. Explore a murder that happened on March 2, 1800, on the oldest street in the United States, Aviles Street. Next, head over to Saint George Street and Cathedral Place in the center of downtown where you'll have the chance to purchase drinks. Discuss the unsolved murder case of Lieutenant Guillermo Delaney. Hear about the murder of a model, broadway performer, and TV hostess, Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. Finally, you'll journey along to the Prohibition Kitchen, a vintage gastropub, to savor a drink and hear stories before ending your pub crawl.

The St. Augustine Old Jail Museum Guided Tour

The St. Augustine Old Jail Museum Guided Tour

St. Augustine’s Old Jail was built in 1891 and held prisoners for over 60 years. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this old jail is testament to a bygone age in American culture. Enjoy this compelling tour of the jail, led by an expert guide. Glimpse the cell blocks, gallows, and sheriff’s quarters. Your guided tour includes a close-up view of the men and women’s quarters, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. Learn about the living conditions of the jail, and see where death-row prisoners were kept. You will see where the sheriff and his wife and children lived right upstairs from the prisoners. Learn about how they used their kitchen to prepare meals for the inmates. The Old Jail deputies will entertain you with tales of justice and punishment when Florida was America's southernmost frontier. You might even meet America’s most feared sheriff–Joe Perry. For ghost enthusiasts (age 13+), choose the Jail After Dark Paranormal Tour option and join expert professionals on a late-night paranormal investigation using the latest ghost hunting equipment. Uncover the secrets of the Old Jail, St Augustine’s most haunted building.

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: Haunted Pub Crawl

St. Augustine: Haunted Pub Crawl

Embark on a Haunted Pub Crawl through St. Augustine where you and your drinking buddies will delve deep into the city's sordid past as well as some of its most notorious pubs and restaurants. Crawl your way through nearly 500 years of St. Augustine’s strange and unusual history with liquid courage. With an expert tour guide at your side, strap in, catch a buzz and discover the horrors of St Augustine for yourself. Hear stories of ghosts of bar managers long passed to a suspicious amount of fiery demises. Stop at renowned local spots such as Scarlett O’Hara’s, Stogies Jazz Club, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill, and O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits. Discover more about nightlife in the city, and favorite hangouts of the locals.

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(31 reviews)

We had a great time on the pub tour. Florida Frank was a great guide. He made the tour fun and interesting. The pubs that we went to were great. They had that spooky yet cozy atmosphere. We will definitely be back to do another tour with Ghost Augustine.

Great tour filled with a lot of historically accurate information mixed with the more supernatural side of things. Great entertainment and you can bring older children to the experience without any concerns.

Excellent tour of St Augustine. Went to see the Museum and got to explore much more of the history of St Augustine with the hop on/off trolley rides.

Way better than we could’ve imagined. Would recommend to anyone looking for something to do in the area and interested in darker subjects.

Highly recommended, my daughter and I had a great time with this tour.