It’s summer in St. Augustine, and the sultry summer heat can make participating in summer activities a little difficult. Heat makes us cranky and tired and want to take a nap, not explore a city—no matter how vibrant and exciting that town is! Fortunately, we’ve lived here all our entire lives and we know a few secrets and tips on how to stay cool and still have fun on your summer St. Augustine vacation. Keep reading for five summer activities that will keep you cool while you explore our nation’s oldest city!
Go to the beach, swim in your Ocean Gallery rental home pool, or rent a boat, a kayak, even a paddle board, and spend your summer vacation frolicking in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic. Anastasia Watersports at 850 Anastasia Park Road is a great place to rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or even a catamaran. The options are endless and that nice tan you come back home with will make you the envy of all your friends and family!
The Lightner Museum
Take a trip back in time and explore the cool interior of The Lightner Museum—formerly the Hotel Alcazar—which retains the glamour and pizazz of the days of yesteryear. Exhibiting breathtaking displays of 19th century art created by some of America’s finest artists, including the colorful glass work designed by Tiffany. Built in 1888 and located at 75 King Street, this is one museum you won’t want to miss!
Visit some of the oldest churches in the nation and enjoy air conditioned comfort and bliss. St. Augustine is famous for its beautiful churches! Ancient City Baptist Church at 27 Sevilla Street and The Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church at 32 Sevilla Street are two of our favorites; check them out and see if you agree!
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
If you threaten your children with walking the plank at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, chances are they will be thrilled beyond words! Explore the decks of a real pirate ship and be amazed by the trunks and chests full of pirates’ booty. Your kids will thank you for stopping here! Located at 12 South Castillo Drive.
Old St. Johns County Jail
Another child pleasing cool location is the former jail that is now a museum. With its imposing red brick exterior and cool, dim interior cells, your entire family’s imagination will go into overdrive as you explore the pods and get a chance to experience life in the slammer! Located at 167 San Marco Avenue.
The Ocean Gallery
Book your Ocean Gallery vacation rental today and discover the many ways you can stay cool on a sultry summer vacation in St. Augustine!