24 Hours in St Augustine, FL

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24 Hours in St Augustine
St Augustine is the oldest city in the USA. The tourism industry is incredible and offers amazing architecture, history & free tours!

St Augustine is the oldest city in the United States of America, making it a must-see for both tourists and Americans.

St Augustine offers so much history and so much to do in such a small city. Personally, we only visited the historic side of St Augustine. St Augustine is also a modern beach town, but the historic buildings are more inland.  St Augustine offers an abundance of free tours and activities  – making it a great location for young travelers.

24 Hours in St Augustine

Photographers & Bloggers will love St Augustine as the historic architecture creates very aesthetic photos. These historic buildings are open to the public to freely roam or go on a free guided tour.

St Augustine’s incredible tourist transportation system allows tourists to easily become familiar with the city. A guided bus tour drives tourists around the city, while talking over a microphone and showing you the hotspots. The bus stops at all the hotspots, allowing you to easily visit all of the attractions in 24 hours! You only need to make one payment and you can ride the bus as many times as you want.

If you’re American, this tour will make you feel like a tourist in your own country!

 

Very Brief History

Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral and Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. The Castillo de San Macros was used in battles throughout history.

 

24 Hours in St Augustine

 

Henry Flagler was one of the most influential people in the development of St Augustine. A lot of the most incredible buildings in St Augustine were owned by Flagler, such as the Flagler College, which is located in Henry Flagler’s former luxury hotel, the Ponce de Leon, and is a National Landmark.

24 Hours in St Augustine

There is so much history in this town, if you are interested in knowing more about the city, I’d recommend visiting and finding out first-hand, rather than reading about it.

I’m certainly glad I learned more about St Augustine while being there than I did reading about it before visiting. 

 

Attractions of St Augustine

St Augustine offers an attraction that will appeal to everyone.

If you’re into history, you can explore the first buildings that existed in USA, which are still fully functional today. You can also learn about the founding and battles that took place in St Augustine.

24 Hours in St Augustine

If you want to do some shopping, there’s a historic-styled city market. When visiting the stores, you feel like you are living in ancient St Augustine, which really is something you can’t find anywhere else.

24 Hours in St Augustine

If you’re into art, you can visit one of the many art galleries or museums around St Augustine. We visited Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, which is free to enter and view. We also visited Sven Lindauer’s art gallery, who we spent 30 mintues talking to and learning more about his artwork. He is a great guy and does great fine art, so check out his website to see his work.

 

24 Hours in St Augustine

If you’re a photographer or blogger, you’re going to love the views and buildings that St Augustine offers. The architecture is incredibly unique as it has a Spanish influence because the Spanish were settled in St Augustine throughout history.

 

 

You Need To Visit St Augustine

Visiting St Augustine was an incredible experience for Sam & myself. We were able to capture a lot of great photos and learn about the American history.  I hope this post will encourage you to visit St Augustine for yourself and experience it. If you visit any of the attractiosn listed, send us a photo!

24 Hours in St Augustine

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  • Love the sites! Looks like an amazing place to visit! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Thank you, you really should visit St Augustine if you are in Florida. Will be a great addition to any itinerary.

  • Lyssie

    Wow it looks amazing!! If you hadn’t given this a title, I would have guessed it was Spain or somewhere else in Europe. I’ve been to Florida probably 30 times in my life and managed to never get to appreciate St. Augustine, but you’ve inspired me to go! I want to be a tourist in my own country 🙂

  • It looks so pretty! I love the idea of the history too. The markets sound amazing too. I’ve never even thought of visiting St. Augustine in Florida before, because I have so many other places in the US that I’d love to visit first, but now I think this will have to be added to my list!

    Grace
    http://www.wordsbygrace.com

  • Tonee Newman

    This place is gorgeous!! I would love to travel here one day.

  • Claire-Marie George

    I am so jealous this place looks beautiful! Would love to visit here in the future.