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 that are open 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 open right now.
Top Activities & Attractions
Built on the edge of the Tolomato Cemetery sits one of St. Augustine’s most recognizable buildings, the Old Drug Store, open now in St. Augustine. 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.
While visiting St. Augustine, it’s nearly impossible for you not to enjoy the beautiful waterways. The Nation’s Oldest City is virtually surrounded by water. It’s no wonder that we have a rich maritime history, including the Spanish explorers and the numerous pirate ships that came to our shores in search of treasure. Here you’ll find the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, Salt Run and Matanzas River just to name a few. There are numerous ways for you to enjoy the crystal blue seas in St. Augustine, whether at the beach or on one of the many cruises and tours. If you’re looking for adventure, climb aboard The Black Raven, a pirate-themed cruise ship that offers a variety of on-the-water adventures for all ages. Imagine the stories your children will tell of their high seas voyage where they witnessed a sword fight among real swashbucklers! Another local cruise ship, the Schooner Freedom, has been named one of the top ten attractions in St. Augustine by USA Today. This 76-foot steel vessel is St. Augustine’s premier tall ship and the only schooner charter between the Florida Keys and Charleston, South Carolina. The family-owned ship is a great source of pride for St. Augustine, offering a variety of day trips, sunset and speciality sails. Spend an afternoon or evening relaxing on the water, ideal for family gatherings, groups or a romantic excursion for two!
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, and it is open right now in St. Augustine. 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, and it is open right now in St. Augustine. 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.
Fort Mose is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States, and it is open right now in St. Augustine. 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.
A Lightner Museum gem that doesn’t get as much attention as it should, is the koi pond located within the museum’s courtyard. A central feature in the atrium, this tranquil spot is a favorite among St. Augustine visitors of all ages. Beautiful foliage surrounds a little footbridge that extends over the pond where large white, orange and yellow koi swim about. These shimmery freshwater fish, that range from vibrant hues of gold, to albino white, are as interested in you as you are in them – and will swim up to the edges of the pond to catch a glimpse. Of course, they are accustomed to treats and are always delighted when guests to the museum feed them. Don’t be surprised when these St. Augustine locals react in a frenzied flurry of excitement. While it may look chaotic, the koi are just enjoying their snack. Feel free to spend some quiet moments on the footbridge, a peaceful retreat from the hustle inside the museum. The bridge is one spot where you can simply soak in the beauty of your surroundings. It’s also a top choice for photos to capture some of your most unforgettable St. Augustine vacation moments. The koi pond and footbridge make the perfect backdrop! Hint: Don’t forget to bring quarters. There are fish food machines on the premises.
Experiencing all of St. Augustine is easy when you take the Old Town Trolley Tour, open now in St. Augustine. Old Town Trolley Tours St. Augustine is not currently social distancing on our tours. Old Town Trolley Tours has 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!
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