My Favorite Places in St Augustine, Florida

St Augustine is known as the Ancient City, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! St Augustine is a WONDERFUL little city in Florida and one of our favorite places to go visit. There is a lot to do there, but we’ve only had time to experience a few things.  We think St Augustine is awesome!  Find out where we like to go when we are in town!

It may be called the Ancient City, but we think St Augustine is awesome!

We have only been to St Augustine once but ever since we’ve been there we have wanted to go back and do more!  It’s such a romantic, quaint little city but it’s really NOT little!  It just feels that way.  Walking through the streets of St Augustine is a great way to see the sights AND get some exercise!

The oldest wooden school house in the U.S.A.

Tour the oldest masonry fort in the U.S.A.

Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the U.S.A.  This fort was built by the Spanish to protect their claim from the British in 1695.  I absolutely love visiting old historical buildings like this, but I was worried my son would be bored.  However, he was kept interested too, so it was a win/win!

It costs $10 per adult (kids 15 and under are FREE) but you get access to the fort for 7 consecutive days!  You can buy your tickets ahead of time online or at the “door”!  Make sure you ask what time the cannon firing will be when you arrive!  You don’t want to miss it!

Castillo de San Marcos

Eat lunch or dinner at the restaurant named “One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants” by USA Today.

While we were in St Augustine we stopped to eat lunch at the Columbia RestaurantThe Columbia Restaurant features Spanish/Cuban cuisine during lunch and dinner only.  The dining rooms are all very different, yet absolutely beautiful!  I got the Original Cuban Sandwich which was DELICIOUS!  It actually was praised in “Every Day with Rachael Ray” magazine!  I also really enjoyed the side of plantain chips!

Grab a refreshing gourmet ice pop from this cool little shop/cafe.

Have you heard of Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops?  Well, if you haven’t you are missing out!  The Hyppo has a great story behind the shop (which you should read here).  My aunt told me that we had to try these funky ice pops and I was a little skeptical.  I mean, how great can an ice pop be?  Well, these are not your average ice pops!

They have over 450 flavors (not all are available depending on which store front you go to) but they are all made with NATURAL ingredients with real fruits, veggies, and herbs/spices depending on the flavor you want.  I’m pretty sure I got the Mango Mojito and it was delicious and refreshing!  Such a perfect end to a hot day in St Augustine!

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
Photo courtesy The Hyppo via Facebook

And that folks is why we think St Augustine is awesome!

While writing this post I realized something.  I need to get back to St Augustine!  There is so much more to see and do than what we were able to do in the short day we were there.  My husband wants to go to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and I just want some more good foods!

Have you ever been to St Augustine?  What are your favorite things to do there?  Favorite places to eat?  Comment below and let me know!

Favorite Places in St Augustine

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. kidcongeniality

    I wold love to visit Columbia Restaurant. Its been on my list for a while now.

  2. Gen

    I need to try those gourmet popsicles!

    1. Taryn

      They are delicious!!

  3. Aimee

    We love St Augustine and we are going to miss it! Here’s some other places that are good for the eating
    1. Florida Cracker ($-$$)
    2. The Prohibition Kitchen- BLT deviled eggs trust me ($-$$)
    3. Preserved – The duck is my favorite ($$-$$$) *
    4. Collage – Surf and turf if it’s available ($$-$$$) *
    5. Sangrias- good for a drink and snacks ($-$$)
    6. The Ice Plant- menu is always changing brunch is our favorite, and they have a free tour of the actual distillery with tastings ($$-$$$) *

    * check ahead for reservation times as they may only be serving dinner on certain days of the week*

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