How to spend 3 days exploring St. George Street, St. Augustine
At the beginning of this month, Robert and I spent 3 days exploring the area around St. George Street in St. Augustine! Robert had been a few times before and loved it so much he wanted me to see how great this city is for myself, and I am sooo glad I did!
St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, founded in 1565, which means there is a TON of history! With history comes beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets and a few ghost stories. I would describe St. Augustine as quaint, magical and adorable. In this guide I’ll tell you how to spend 3 action packed days exploring around St. George Street, St. Augustine.
What to know before visiting St. Augustine
-St. George Street is the most popular street in St. Augustine and likely where you will spend most of your time. Obviously not just on this one street, but you can think of it as your home base. Most activities in this guide are within a 5-20 minute walk from St. George Street.
-St. Augustine is only about 2 hours north of Orlando.
-During the holidays St. Augustine has an event called “Nights of Lights.” The entire city is lit up with over 3 million lights. National Geographic named St. Augustine one of the best places to see holiday lights! Shops and restaurants stay open later to let you enjoy the hard work they put into this event every year!
-I didn’t add any beaches to this guide because we went to St. Augustine during hurricane Eta. So, the beach wasn’t on our agenda, but there are many if that is something you want to do!
Where to stay near St. George Street, St. Augustine
We opted for an Airbnb that was about a 5 minute walk to St. George street. Definitely try to stay right in the area so you can mostly avoid the need for a car if you don’t have one!
Otherwise, there are a ton of Bed and Breakfast options, which I kind of regret not doing! It might be a bit more expensive than an Airbnb, but you also get breakfast so make sure to factor that in when you are decided where to stay. Here are a few B&B options that are in a perfect location:
St. George Inn – My favorite part about this Inn is the wine bar located right inside! They offer complimentary coffee, breakfast and wi-fi, though you do have to pay $12 per day for parking.
Agustin Inn– Each morning you’ll be treated to a 2-course breakfast, plus there is a 24 hour coffee station. This Inn has 18 rooms, a great outdoor area and is just steps from the historic downtown.
Inn on Charlotte – When I read social hour and fresh baked cookies offered throughout the day, I was convinced. Their breakfast offerings are well thought out and they offer more than just your normal eggs and toast.
Cedar House Inn – This inn is very intimate, offering only 8 guest rooms. The charm of this B&B is unbeatable.
Hemingway House – Each night there is a social hour where you can meet your hosts and get to know your fellow travelers. All rooms are on the second floor, have a balcony and are limited to 2 adults per room. Assigned parking spaces are included!
DAY 1 – EXPLORING ST.GEORGE STREET, DINNER & DRINKS, GHOST TOUR
Stroll Around The Historic Downtown:
We arrived to St. Augustine mid afternoon, dropped our bags off and headed out to St. George street. We spent some time looking at the quirky shops on and around the street. When you’re done with the actual St. George Street, be sure to venture to the surrounding streets. Here are are a few spots to make sure you see:
Flagler College – This college was first built as the Ponce de Leon hotel, but was turned into a school in 1968. It is on the national register of historic places! Be sure to take in the beautiful architecture.
Lightner Museum – This museum is in what used to be the Alcazar hotel which hosted wealthy people during the 19th and early 20th century. This museum holds artifacts from the time including furnishings, musicals instruments, art and more.
Huguenot Cemetery – Believed to be the most haunted cemetery in St. Augustine, it was the burial place for residents at the time who were not catholic.
Gates To The City – Across from the cemetery are the gates to the city, which used to be the only entrance into the city. A trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the gates.
Drug store/ Potters Wax Museum – This old drug store is nothing like we see today, with antique cash registers, wood floors and bottles of remedies, elixirs and tonics. Also inside is the Potters Wax Museum if you’d like to see some wax figures. We didn’t go to the museum but did stop by the drug store!
St. Augustine Distillery and Ice Plant:
After strolling around for a while, take the 20 minute walk from St. George Street over to the Ice Plant/ St. Augustine Distillery. They offer free tastings throughout the self guided tour. (I know an ice plant tour doesn’t sound all that interesting, but add some tasters and it’s great! haha)
The thing I loved about this distillery is that the tasters aren’t pure alcohol. St. Augustine distillery makes their very own mixers, so the tasting is actually their alcohol and mixers which makes it delicious for those of us who don’t like straight liquor tastings!
Dinner at the Ice Plant Restaurant
Right upstairs is the Ice Plant restaurant! This place has the cutest industrial vibes along with some seriously delicious food. I got the skillet fried chicken and hoe cakes (SOO good!) while Robert got the Ice Plant burger. Both were huge portions and really delicious! Try to get there between 4-6 for their happy hour!
After Dinner Drinks at Tini Martini Bar:
After dinner we headed over to the Tini Martini Bar for a quick drink. We both love martinis and this place has an extensive menu of all types from sweet, dry, creamy and more. Plus their menu includes classic cocktails, wine and beer! We loved the grapefruit martini and the sailors punch cocktail. Oh and the decor of this place is so fun! Tons of lights and Christmas decorations which I believe are up year round!
Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
So after the martini bar, you’ll be ready for your ghost tour! Like I said before, St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, which means a lot of history and a lot of paranormal activity!
We opted for a tour that included ghost stories, but also a bit of history. The tour was called the Ghosts and Gravestones tour. I liked this tour because we got to ride around in one of the old timey trolleys while stopping at all of these historically haunted places! Our guide was incredible and made the tour a ton of fun.
I totally suggest this tour for anyone who wants to be slightly spooked but not too much. It’s definitely family friendly!
Other Ghost Tours:
There are a ton of other ghost tours offered in St. Augustine, from walking tours to jail tours and more. There is something for everyone based on what level of spooky you are going for!
Here is a great article from Florida Trippers that lays out all the different tours you can do. Since we only did the one, I felt I couldn’t really speak on the other ones!
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DAY 2 – YUMMY FOOD, HISTORY & WINE
Breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company
To start the day, grab breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company. If there’s one things I love in this world, it’s chicken biscuits. A fun thing about this restaurant is that when you order, you also answer the question of the day, ours was “what’s your favorite movie?.” Then, when your food is ready they call out your answer instead of your name. We thought this was a fun little touch!
Castillo de San Marcos Fort
After breakfast, head over to the Castillo de San Marcos fort. This is the oldest fort in the United States, with construction starting in 1672! Originally St. Augustine had many wooden forts, which (obviously) weren’t as effective. This fort is made of coquina, which is similar to limestone. Over time the fort has gone through extensive renovations.
You can go inside the fort for $15 (adults 16 and up) and it is free for children 15 and younger. We didn’t go inside because it was closed the day we went, but I personally felt I learned and saw a lot just by being on the outside. As you walk around the fort you’ll find many plaques where you can read all about the history!
Afterwards take a stroll along the water and watch the boats go by!
Coffee at Kookaburra
If you need an afternoon pick me up, grab a coffee at Kookaburra. I realized after we left that this is a chain, which kinda makes it lame, but it’s super good so whatever! Our favorite drink is the Honey Badger. (Latte with honey, vanilla and cinnamon)
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
Now it’s time to head over to the famous St. Augustine lighthouse! The lighthouse is the only spot on in this guide that you will probably want to drive to as it’s about a 40 minute walk from St. George Street.
This historic landmark was built between 1871 and 1874 and stands at 165 feet tall. You can climb the 219 steps to the top and get a 365 degree view of St. Augustine. There are 8 landings where you can rest on your climb and each one has facts and stories about the lighthouse so you can learn as you go! It is $12.95 for adults.
Side note, If you’ve watched ghost hunters you may have seen the episode where this lighthouse is featured. I think they actually went 5 times? Unfortunately, at the lighthouse they don’t talk about how it might be haunted at all! I was ready for all the ghost stories, but it’s not mentioned on any of the plaques. So, if you’re curious about hauntings in the lighthouse check out ghost hunters before.
There are a few other exhibits you can go into on your trip to the lighthouse, like the original keepers house, the archeology center and more!
San Sebastian Winery
Alright, that was a lot of history, it’s time for some wine haha. Head over to San Sebastian Winery for a free wine tasting! You’ll start with dry and make your way to port wine. I prefer dry, but found that even the sweeter ones were delicious! The winery is only a 15 minute walk from St. George Street, but in the opposite direction from the lighthouse.
Dinner at Harrys
After some wine, stroll back to town and grab dinner at Harrys. Now, many people had told us about Harrys so we assumed it was a tourist trap. And while maybe it wasn’t 100% authentic to St. Augustine, we thought the food was AMAZING. I ordered the bourbon street salmon and Robert got the andouille crusted grouper. Funny enough we both liked the others better than our own and split them because they were both so freaking good!
Drinks and Live Music at Stogies
After dinner head over to Stogies Cigar Bar for a night cap. Situated in an old house, Stogies offers hand crafted beer, wine and cigars. Plus, live music every night of the week!
Day 3 – Breakfast, museums and more!
Breakfast at Blue Hen
For some reason I ate a lot of chicken biscuits on this trip lol, but the ones at Blue Hen were so so good! Robert and I both ordered them and realized we could have split it because they give you two whole biscuits with chicken and then whatever your side is. But don’t worry if you aren’t a chicken biscuit person, they have a ton of other options too!
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
Next, check out the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum – Alright this might be a touristy thing to do, but it’s fun so I don’t care haha. I’m sure you’ve heard of Ripleys Believe It Or Not, but if you haven’t, this museum is all about things that are so crazy you can barely believe they are real. Like the tallest man in the world, the largest installation made of matches, brain games and so much more!
After the museum, take a walk down San Marco Ave where you’ll pass the Old Jail. If you do take the Ghosts and Graveyards tour that I mentioned above, you will learn about the jail then, but only from your trolly. If you want to see it up close and personal there are tours offered during the day and night.
A bit further down the street is the Fountain Of Youth, we didn’t end up going in, but apparently it is a classic stop when visiting St. Augustine!
And as you continue even further down San Marcos Ave, you will find a cute area of shops and restaurants all situated in old homes.
Snack at Choco-Latte
If you need a mid afternoon bit of sugar, head to Choco-Latte – one of the cutest fricken buildings who offer, coffee, wine, beer, cake, cookies and alll the good stuff!
Columbia for Dinner
I had a bunch of people on Instagram suggested this Spanish inspired restaurant. You’ll find great cocktails and tapas!
Drinks at the Social Lounge or Odd Birds
Every day we would pass by the Social Lounge on our way into town and every time I said I wanted to try it, it was closed! Thankfully on our last night it was open! Owned by the sweetest couple, this bar is a frequent spot for locals. At first we felt a bit out of place, but they made us feel welcome right away!
If you’re looking for more of a craft cocktail, check out Odd Birds. Though it’s about a 20 minute walk from St. George Street, it’s definitely worth checking out for the cute decor and great drinks.
There you have it! Your 3 day guide to exploring around St. George Street, St. Augustine. I hope this guide was useful and you can make it to St. Augustine soon!
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