Our local experts surveyed guests, canvassed review sites, and researched hundreds of different St. Augustine tours to select our annual best of the best list.
If you’ve spent time in the Old City, you’ve seen the green and orange train-like trolleys that wind up and down St. Augustine’s streets carrying guests from one stop to the other. Old Town Trolley Tours consistently ranks at the top of things to do in St. Augustine for very good reasons. The friendly and knowledgeable conductors will take you on a fully narrated journey filled with humor and history as you explore the European charms of the oldest city in America. A really handy, time-saving component built into this tour is the freedom to hop on and hop off at any of the 22 stops they service. This means you can take as much time as you like investigating sites like the Old City Gates, two large stone towers that marked the original entrance into St. Augustine, then continue your journey when the next trolley shows up! This eye-opening ride through this centuries-old Spanish influenced city includes highlights like the Spanish Quarter, bustling St. George Street, and the legendary Fountain of Youth!
This terrifying trek through America’s oldest haunt is a favorite amongst amateur ghost hunters and curiosity-seekers from all over the country. Take the Trolley of the Doomed to the Old Jail. Built by oil and railroad magnate and entrenched Florida luminary Henry Flagler, this place is full of paranormal happenings including strange smells that can’t get washed away and the alleged voices and footsteps of the disembodied souls of the criminals that once lived and died there. You’ll also venture to the Old Drugstore where odd energies and cold spots are often reported. According to their precision Ghost Meters, the fear factor is formidable on this haunted St. Augustine tour and they are further enhanced by the presence of ‘ghost hosts’ that provide narration and a few extra scares for good measure.
Your City Walks Pub Scout will guide you to the city’s most charming taverns to experience a slice of authentic St. Augustine culture. Enjoy tales of the city’s history mixed with traditional ‘pub lore’ of eras gone by and those from around the world. Explore some unique points of interest as your guide explains their significance and even engage in a few drinking games along the way. This is definitely more of a “high end” pub crawl where you will learn about the finer beers featured at local establishments while exploring the city’s rich past. Find out how beer is made, what goes into serving it, how to distinguish the different types of beer and the role that breweries have played in history.
St. Augustine Eco Tours’ dolphin, birding and nature tour provides personalized outings reserved for 16 passengers or less per boat to ensure a very dynamic, personalized trip that caters to the interests of the group. All guides are interpretive naturalists and USCG licensed captains who will explain the science behind the estuary. Explore the rivers and creeks surrounding St. Augustine combining dolphin and bird watching with marine ecology, historic sights, and a safe and fun boat ride. Look out for wild bottlenose dolphins, unique birdlife, and possibly even a manatee or sea turtle!
For those who admire superior craftsmanship and photo-realistic art, a stop at Potter’s Wax Museum is not something to be missed. George L. Potter, the museum’s founder, was fascinated by the painstaking accuracy and exquisite detail of the wax figures he encountered when on holiday in London when he was a boy. With this inspiration in his heart, Potter set out to preserve the likenesses of great American leaders and statesmen for posterity.
This is the oldest wax museum in the country and there are a wide variety of figures to examine ranging from Roman Centurions to celebrities, athletes and political leaders. There is even a section devoted to horror movies! There is a good chance that an artist will be on site to show you the workstation where all the magic happens!
Based on historical documents and engravings, here you have an unprecedented collection of cruelty devices to peruse in an environment designed to resemble the atmosphere that prevailed throughout most of the Middle Ages. For several years, a team of scientists, historians, decorators, and sculptors has worked on creating a unique concept consisting of several hundred pieces – exhibits united in individually-themed scenes. To enhance the effect, ambient sound and human mannequins, made with the utmost realism, are used, in order to blur the line between that which is real and not real.
Get ready for a tour with an emphasis on the tastes of St. Augustine and how all those different flavors came to be incorporated in the local fare! St. Augustine City Walks literally invented the Savory Faire Food Walking Tour and is recognized as the city’s ORIGINAL leading culinary tourism company. During the Savory Faire Food Walking Tour, you will visit a number of the city’s best and most unique restaurants. You’ll sample a customized menu specifically for tour guests to highlight the city’s many dynamic culinary influences. This tantalizing walking tour is great for the whole family, individuals or a small group of friends. Make sure you arrive on an empty stomach to get the most out of this delicious day out on the town!