Top 5 Things to Do on Vacation in St. Augustine

Activities Galore in Tropical St. Augustine

The “Old City” has a myriad of fun-filled activities and attractions that will delight and intrigue visitors. Listed below are some of our top favorite things to do in St. Augustine; give them a whirl and take your vacation up a notch!

1. Grab a Refreshing Popsicle from The Hyppo

two chocolate popsicles

With over four hundred and fifty popsicle flavors, The Hyppo offers visitors the opportunity to make an endless number of flavor combinations for their customized icy treat. Crazy flavors like Cucumber Lemon Mint and Melon with Cracked Pepper hearken to St. Augustine’s Spanish and Southern heritage. The best part? The popsicles are made with all-natural ingredients—just fruit, veggies, spices, and cane sugar. The perfect fix for a hot day!

2. Go on a Tour of the Whetstone Chocolate Factory

Located on King Street, the Whetstone Chocolate Factory gives informative tours on the history of chocolate and how it’s made at the factory. Sample the freshly made chocolate as you explore the 10,000 square foot factory. It might not be Willy Wonka’s factory, but it’s just as enchanting!

3. See the Wildlife at St. Augustine Wild Reserve

lioness on a log

Just half an hour north of St. Augustine’s historic district is the strikingly scenic habitat at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve, where exotic creatures formerly owned as pets have found a new home in their natural environment. See a diverse range of animals, from tigers and lions to wolves and coatis.

4. Watch the Alligators at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Close Up of Alligator Head

Another perfect activity for animal lovers and thrill-seekers alike is taking a trip to see the alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. First established in 1893 as a small exhibition of Floridian reptiles, it became and has maintained its status as a popular Florida attraction. It is the only alligator farm in the world known to contain specimens from all twenty-three recognized alligator species.

5. Take in the View from the Top of Castillo de San Marcos

camera hanging on a wall

This historic monument played a pivotal role in securing the future of St. Augustine as the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement. Completed in 1695, its four angular bastions jut out over Matanzas Bay, while the massive structure itself covers over twenty acres of lush greenery. Weapons exhibitions and historical reenactments bring life to this castle by the sea.

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