Explore and learn new things about the nation’s oldest city! St. Johns County residents can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest with Hometown Pass!
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour includes a multi-media presentation with a Lighthouse marine archaeologist and access to areas of the Light Station that are off-limits for general admission visitors. Tours at noon and 2 p.m. Daily. Tickets are $19.95 and advance reservations are required.
Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let our ghost be your guide. Visit Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ranson’s gruesome execution and enter the town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter. Don’t miss this frightfully fun ghost tour!
Wooden Boatbuilding Demonstrations
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave.9048290745
Traditional wooden boatbuilding techniques are demonstrated at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum by the LAMP Boatworks volunteers. Open 9 am – noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Participation is free with admission to St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
Every Wednesday. Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Rain or shine.
Music by the Sea Concert
350 A1A Beach Blvd.
Every Wednesday. Through September 12, this free weekly concert series at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier features a wide variety of musical genres from 6-9 p.m. Bring a beach chair or blanket along with a favorite beverage and get ready to dance. Starting at 6 p.m., dinner is offered as an option for concert goers. Car pool or ride the shuttle from St. Augustine Beach City Hall or Ron Parker Park. 904-347-8007.
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy great entertainment between June 6 and August 29 from 7-9 p.m. Concerts in the Plaza offers the best in local and regional musical performers. Visit the event website for the schedule.
The Original City Walks Savory Faire Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Every Tuesday – Sunday. Eat, drink and taste your way through St. Augustine’s delicious historic culinary influences on the Original Savory Faire Food Tour. Your Culinary Guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World as you are presented with a special selection from the chef at each hot-spot for food, friends and fun. $79 per person that includes tastings at each stop. Tours depart at 1:30 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada St.
Historic Weapon Demonstrations at Castillo de San Marcos
Every Friday – Sunday. National Parks Service volunteers and personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily.
Every Saturday. St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. offers a free historic walking tour at 4 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in black history and events leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.
Every Saturday. Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Admission is free.
Afternoon Teas at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
36 Granada St.
Every Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Corazon Cinema and Cafe every Saturday and Sunday for an elegant afternoon tea. Enjoy seasonal savories, sweets and teas plus a screening of a gilded film at 12:30 p.m. for $40. The 3:30 p.m. tea features hot tea and scones with a screening of a gilded film for $25.
Visit the Hall of Fame during the AIG Women’s British Open weekend and enjoy learning about past champions. The broadcast will be shown throughout the museum during the week. The museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. General admission is $20.95.
From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys, provided by Old Town Trolley Tours, provide transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children’s militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person.
The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., take a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free with paid admission to the Reserve.
From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.
Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour for participants to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum. Admission is $5.00 above the regular admission price.
Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC). There is a $3 parking fee.
Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine’s office. Pets must be leashed and reservations are required.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts their monthly plant sale from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.
This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office. The series is designed to inform the public about the coastal natural world. The lectures are free and reservations are requested.
The 2.5-hour tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the City Walks offices at 4 Granada Street. Guests on the tour will learn how St. Augustine’s art, architecture and culture combine to create the unique atmosphere and charm of the nation’s oldest city. The tour takes participants to several different galleries where each gallery’s curator meets.
Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 – 10 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.
Nocatee Farmers' Market
245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra
Nocatee Farmers’ Market takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every third Saturday. This free family-friendly event has over 80 local vendors selling everything from produce, crafts, jewelry, herbs, unique foods and more. Free face painting will be available for the little ones, along with bounce house.
Black Heritage Walking Tour
The Black Heritage Walking Tour is offered by City Walks Food & Wine Tours on the third Saturday of the month. The tour departs from the offices of Tour St. Augustine at 4:00 p.m. The one-hour tour provides a comprehensive introduction to the role St. Augustine has played in the the history of Africans and African Americans in the U.S., encompassing several historic blocks. The remarkable story of Africans in St. Augustine began with the founding of the city itself in 1565, when Pedro Menendez landed here, along with his crew that included three Africans. The first free black settlement in the U.S. was established in St. Augustine in 1738 at Fort Mose. St. Augustine also played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Local demonstrations began with a sit-in at a local Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, and many heroes of the civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came here to lead protests along with the leaders of St. Augustine’s black community. These struggles were an integral part of Dr. King’s nationwide campaign that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it largely defines St. Augustine as an important place for Black history. Admission: $20 per person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine. Advance reservations are required for individual bookings only (no groups) and may be made by calling (904) 825-0087. The tour departs from the offices of Tour St. Augustine at 4 Granada St. in St. Augustine’s historic district.
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
16 Cordova St.
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net collecting species of fish, crabs and more. Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.
Uptown Saturday Night
From 5 – 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue, between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.