Few cities in America provide such a rich historical and cultural travel experience like that of St. Augustine. With today’s new normal, it’s important to find social distancing approved activities around the city to explore. Luckily, St. Augustine has plenty of fun social distancing approved options available to enjoy. Whether it be visiting a historical sight or simply breezing through the streets like a local, there’s a ton of social distancing approved things worth discovering. Here are just a few of the exciting options around St. Augustine that are also practicing proper social distancing protocols.
Top 10 Activities & Attractions
Experiencing all of St. Augustine is easy when you take the Old Town Trolley Tour. In order to provide our guests with the safest and most comfortable sightseeing experience, Old Town Trolley Tours will be temporarily limiting seating to allow riders to maintain social distancing We have trolleys coming and going throughout the day, so you can see the sights at your own pace. Because we transport you to more than 100 points of interest, you’ll likely discover even more unique spots in the ancient city!
Built on the edge of the Tolomato Cemetery sits one of St. Augustine’s most recognizable buildings, the Old Drug Store. Unexplained noises, cold spots and shadows reportedly moving on their own make up only a few of the hundreds of documented supernatural occurrences. Learn the secrets to these hauntings that have plagued the Old Drug Store from the time it first opened in 1887. Afterwards get an exclusive nighttime experience inside Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ranson’s gruesome execution.
The Old Jail, that is! Built by Henry Flagler in 1891, it was designed to look like one of his fine hotels and is one of the few surviving 19th century jails. Prisoners were incarcerated here for more than 60 years. Take a guided tour led by an expert Deputy and step inside the men and women’s tiny cement cells – kids and adults alike are fascinated by how small the cells are. You can also see the living quarters of the Sheriff and his family; they lived right upstairs from the prisoners! There’s a collection of weapons that were used in actual crimes on display and one of the scariest sheriff’s ever known to mankind, Joe Perry is waiting to meet you.
Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let our Ghost Host be your guide. Face your fears in Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors and then ENTER the Town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter. Enjoy this frightfully fun riding tour while it operates on socially distant guidelines.
Enjoying the natural scenery of St. Augustine while socially distancing. It only makes sense that the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a top item on most folk’s itineraries. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the original site that was first explored by Ponce de Leon and Pedro de Aviles. Located on 15 waterfront acres, the park features beautiful tropical gardens, living history exhibits, live cannon firings, a Timucuan Village, the Navigators Planetarium and of course, the Spring House, where you take a sip from the eternal water. Admission to the park is from 9am to 6pm, last ticket sold is 5pm.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is a fun and educational outing for the family. Built in 1874, the lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level and has 219 steps. Kids love climbing to the top and checking out the incredible views of the city and the ocean below. And there’s a walk-in kaleidoscope that they can play in and learn about the science of how the lighthouse works, learn to tie sailor’s knots and play in the shipyard playground.
Take a captivating journey with your family through the city’s rich history. Participate in a musket drill or climb to the top of a 17th century watchtower for a fun and memorable vacation experience. You can even dine on authentic 18th century British and Spanish food after a day of exploring the Spanish Quarter. Don’t miss out on this St. Augustine must-do in the heart of the historic district.
An awe-inspiring sight, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It stands as it has since 1672, guarding the coast against foreign invasion. Today, you are invited to wander through the fortress and learn about its significance to the city and our nation. Take a self-guided tour, meet the costumed re-enactors wearing masks who will share their knowledge of the fort’s history with you and see demonstrations of the historical weapons on site. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy the expansive green space on the property, pack a lunch or simply take in the magnificent views of the water and the city.
Fort Mose is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States. The park is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National register of Historic Places. Today, you can see the land where the original settlement first stood, take a walk along the boardwalk, visit the museum to see numerous exhibits and explore the grounds. Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely spring weather.
Docked next to the Bridge of Lions in Downtown St. Augustine, the El Galeon Andalucia is a full-size reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon and is open to the public through July, 2020. Take a self-guided tour to learn the story of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on the shore of Florida and the many explorers and pirates that sailed during the 16th century. Walk through four decks of authentic artifacts, exhibits, videos and much more.
With every passing day, more attractions and activities around St. Augustine are incorporating social distancing practices. The list above was just a sampling of all the fun you can still enjoy around our beautiful city, while still adhering to all social distancing protocols. With social distancing procedures being implemented throughout all businesses, pretty soon it will be nearly impossible to find a location that is not considered social distancing approved.