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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!