Fun Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida

Fun Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest permanent settlement in the continental United States. Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded it in 1565. Other settlements before this time failed. The historic significance makes it a must-see place in the United States because of the historical landmarks in the city. Outdoor lovers find numerous fun things to do in St. Augustine, such as touring natural habitats in the area.

Helicopter Ride

Take a helicopter ride over the oldest city in the United States. See the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Bridge of Lions, Castillo de San Marcos and other St. Augustine attractions. Old City Helicopters has about 10 tours from which you can choose, including a night tour. All tours start at the St. Augustine Airport. Walk-ins are accepted during business hours, but you need reservations for evening tours. Tours last between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your selection. Flights need at least two passengers to depart. Children younger than 5 can accompany an adult. They don't accept passengers weighing more than 300 lbs. because of safety regulations.

Old City Helicopters, LLC
St. Augustine Airport
4900 US 1 North, Suite 400
St. Augustine, Florida 32095
(904) 824-5506

Visit Oldest House

The St. Augustine Historical Society, started in 1881, works toward the preservation of homes in this historic city. Tour a complex of buildings protected by members of the society. The museum complex includes Florida's Oldest House, two museums, an exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden and a museum store. The house dates back to the 1600s during Spanish Colonial control. Since 1970, the house has been a designated National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. An 18th century kitchen house sits behind the main house. The ornamental garden displays plants grown by Spanish, British and American colonists. Buy books about St. Augustine history from the museum.

The St. Augustine Historical Society
271 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 824-2872

Take Eco Tour

Nature lovers take eco tours in St. Augustine. These tours include seeing dolphins, watching birds and other wildlife, and boating and kayaking in local rivers and creeks. St. Augustine Eco Tours has boat and kayak expeditions; all guides are certified naturalists with knowledge of wildlife populations of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, bird habitats, long-tailed ducks, brown boobies, oysters and sea turtles. Your guide takes you to creeks, rivers and salt marshes in St. Augustine. Boat captains need a minimum of six passengers, and kayak tours use 10 paddlers. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages take this tour of the waters around the historic city. All passengers wear life jackets for safety.

St. Augustine Eco Tours
111 Avenida Menendez #60
St. Augustine, Florida 32084-4402
(904) 377-7245

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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