As the USA’s oldest city, St. Augustine is a vacation destination that draws visitors from all over the world. Steeped in history, natural beauty and a wealth of interesting sites and attractions, the Ancient City offers an unforgettable experience to people of all ages. Read on and find out what’s open Memorial Day weekend with our list of what’s open Memorial Day in St. Augustine. Kick off your summer with fun activities and special memorial day events.
Attractions Open Memorial Day Weekend
This attraction will help you visit and experience other well known St. Augustine attractions during your Memorial Day Holiday. With nearly 500 years of history, including rule by Spain, Britain, and the U.S., St. Augustine is full of sights and attractions that entertain and educate. For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley has provided tours highlighting the best of the city.
Open on Memorial Day weekend, the Old Jail served as the city’s prison from 1891 through 1953. In order to ensure that the guests at his new hotel, the opulent Ponce de Leon, felt safe, Flagler built the jail to look like anything but a prison. With its Romanesque Revival architecture, the building looked more like an elegant Victorian home than a place of incarceration. While it was active, the Old Jail housed some of the city’s most violent and dangerous criminals, and was known for its harsh, sometimes brutal practices. Today, tours of the facility are led by costumed actors and provide a close up look at the men’s and women’s cells, the Sheriff and his family’s living quarters (adjacent to the prisoners), the gallows and a collection of weapons.
Watch in amazement as our friendly clerks, butcher and Snake Oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-century living. Step back in time and discover the latest and best time saving miracles from 1900! Items such as a goat-powered washing machine and a gas powered iron! It’s truly like walking into a Sears Roebuck catalog from 1908. Enjoy steam-driven tractors, tonics, worm syrup, guns, bikes and so much more this Memorial Day weekend.
Open on Memorial Day weekend, walk in amazement and wonder as you see more than 800 exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. Everything from the weird and unusual to the exotic is on display and ready to excite and entertain people of all ages. The museum is the original Ripley’s Believe it or Not, opening in 1950 just a few months after Robert Ripley’s death. Here, people can explore and interact, witness incredible illusions and see for themselves what Ripley collected from his travels around the world—many too outlandish to believe.
An incredible adventure for kids and adults of all ages that is open this Memorial Day weekend, the Pirate & Treasure Museum offers visitors a chance to journey back to the era of the Golden Age of Piracy. This unique museum showcases one of the largest collections of rare pirate artifacts in the world including Captain Thomas Tew’s 17th Century Treasure Chest and the Journal of Captain Kidd’s Final Voyage in 1699.
Learn the darkest secrets of America’s Oldest City aboard a Ghosts & Gravestones tour this Memorial Day weekend. Take in the cool breeze of the night as you journey to St. Augustine’s most haunted sites, including the Old Jail, Old Drug Store and Potter’s Wax Museum. As your Ghost Hosts usher you through the darkly lit streets, you’ll hear the stories of Sheriff Perry, Henry Flagler, Judge John Stickney and the city’s other infamous ghosts. Keep your senses alert, you never know when a ghost story will come to life.
Restaurants and Places to Eat Open Memorial Day Weekend
Overlooking the bay, this local favorite is open Memorial Day weekend and serves up savory seafood infused with creole, Cajun & southern flavors.
Seaside tables overlook sand dunes and provide oceanfront views in this elegant St. Augustine restaurant. Dine al fresco in the fall, when the sea breezes will keep you cool as you enjoy their specialties during your Memorial Day vacation.
Open on Memorial Day weekend, dine with your toes in the sand at this unique restaurant located directly on the beach. Beaches at Vilano features delicious American cuisine, signature drinks, live music and the ambiance of the tropics.