Great ideas for a first time visitor or even a long-time resident of St. Augustine. The city is filled with opportunities for local attractions. St. Augustine is a very affordable and easy city to get around with many things to do and some things are free to visit! Here are a few of our top free things to do in St. Augustine.
1. St. Augustine Beach - The beaches are a small trip over the Bridge of Lions about 4.5 miles. Anastasia Island and the St. Augustine Beach have beautiful beaches and not over developed. (NOTE: Anastasia State Park close to the St. Augustine Lighthouse has a small entrance fee)
2. Fort Matanzas National Monument - The fort's connection to St. Augustine was very important and is at the southern tip of Anastasia. This is a 15 minute drive from downtown St. Augustine. Fort Matanzas was constructed in 1740 to guard the southern entrance (Matanzas Inlet) to the Matanzas River. This river was considered a backdoor entrance to St. Augustine. The trip to the fort is fun too as you need to take a short ferry ride across the river to the remote island.
3. Father Miguel O'Reilly Museum - Located on 32 Aviles Street is the museum which has three main themes. The first is the story of the house constructed circa 1691, the Catholic tradition in St. Augustine which began in September 1565 has continued and the Sisters of St. Joseph who have been the guardians of the O'Reilly House and educators in St. Augustine since 1866. The museum is open and free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday 10A to 3p and is closed on days of inclement weather, call to check 904.826.0750.
4. Pena-Peck House - Located on 143 St. George Street guided tours are available Sunday - Friday 1230P - 4P and Saturday 1030A to 4P. Tours are free (donations are welcome) Circa 1750 by order of the King of Spain as the residence of his royal Treasurer, Juan Esteban de Pena.
5. Vilano Beach Fishing Pier - Located North of the city the Vilano Beach Causeway is in the small town of Vilano Beach. Junting out into the Matanzas Bay is the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier. A relaxing pier whether fishing or enjoying the spectacular sunset views of the waterways surrounding St. Augustine.
6. Tour the San Sebastian Winery - The San Sebastian Winery offers daily tours of there facility with complimentary wine tasting.
7. Mission of Nombre de Dios - This is where it all began, St. Augustine is home to the oldest Catholic Parish in the United States. The first mass took place at the Mission of Nombre de Dios in 1565. The beautiful grounds make for an ideal place to have a picnic or just unwind. Located just north of the antique district, impossible to miss with the giant cross.
8. St. Augustine Walking Tour - A great way to tour the city at your own pace with a free St. Augustine Walking Tour and Guide. A great route of the old town and main points of interest.
9. Farmer's Market - Every Saturday at 830A to 1230P on Anastasia Island at the St. Augustine Amphititheatre is the Farmer's Market. Though goods are sold and are not free, the fun experience is free!