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Top Things to Do Outside in St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a bold and beautiful town. Hidden in its many cobble streets and beach paths are innumerable outdoor activities.

The weather is inviting pleasant throughout the year for outdoor exploration, the cool water breeze keeps the afternoons slightly windy. Below are four things to do outdoors when visiting the gorgeous historic town of St. Augustine.

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1. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos

Surely, the most iconic landmark in St. Augustine is the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. This historic fort lies on a 20.5-acre plot with stunning views of the Matanzas Bay and downtown St. Augustine.

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest existing military fortress, dating back to the 17th century. This fort protected the colonial city of St. Augustine under both Spanish and British rule, and it features over three centuries of military history. If you want to enjoy the Florida Sunshine and learn the fascinating history of America’s oldest city, visit this historic landmark.

This National Monument is open daily from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are visiting on the weekend, make a plan to watch a historic cannon firing from the gundeck of the Castillo. Cannons are fired every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30 am, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

The Monument also offers Ranger talks with a park ranger – when you visit, ask what they are offering! You can also explore the grounds for some quiet and open trails.

Entrances fees are $15 for individuals 16 years old and older. Admission is free for children aged 15 and younger. Admission is valid for up to seven consecutive days. Admission is also free for those who hold National Park Service Interagency, Senior, or Annual Passes.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is formerly located at 11 South Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32084. You won’t miss it.

2. Take a stroll down St. George Street

St. George St is the historic heart of the town. While walking the famous main cobble street, you can witness breathtaking views of Flagler College, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions, and the country’s oldest school house.

3. Visit the World-Class Beaches

Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatee, and sea turtle sightings on some of the most acclaimed Atlantic Ocean beaches. Whether you want to explore the seas with your family or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise, you can get the full beach experience.

St. Augustine Beach is the main beach of the city, but you can head north to Vilano Beach or further south to the subdued and relaxed Crescent Beach. You can rent a bike for a biking adventure right on the beaches.

St. Augustine Beach is home to a popular area for kayaking and renting water equipment. You can stop visitors and locals surfing the day away, perhaps using equipment rented from the surf shop, the Surf Station.

4. Cruise the Matanzas Bay on the Schooner Freedom

When the weather is good, there is no better view of downtown St. Augustine than from the Matanzas Bay. One of the most peaceful, relaxing ways to explore historic St. Augustine from the water is by taking a cruise on the Schooner Freedom. This beautiful sailing vessel features a 64’ deck and is an authentic replica of a 19th-century ship.

The Schooner Freedom departs from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, on the bayfront by the Bridge of Lions. In season, they offer day sails, sunset sails, and moonlight sails. Sunset and day sails are two hours long; the moonlight sail features live music and lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. Schooner Freedom also offers specially themed sailings throughout the year.

There are limited offerings to cruise with a dolphin expert from Marineland Oceanarium, a storytelling pirate, or to view St. Augustine’s Holiday Nights of Lights from the water. All excursions include complimentary water, soda, beer, and wine. The departure times for each sailing vary throughout the year; be sure to check their website for seasonal departure times.

St. Augustine has many outdoor experiences to suit your needs and interests. Reach out to us today for more information on any ambitious vacation outdoor activity here.

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