If you’re planning a day trip to St. Augustine, FL then we have a complete guide & itinerary that will ensure that you not only have a great time, but also really experience the city.
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Why Visit St. Augustine, Florida?
St. Augustine is the oldest continusiously occupied European established settlement in the United States. It is known as the Nation’s Oldest City and offers guests a chance to explore cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, museums and many other sites. St. Augustine also has many beaches nearby since it’s located just a few miles from the east coast. There are also abundant award-winning restaurants & Chefs along with a robust entertainment scene.
Orlando or Daytona Day Trip to St. Augustine
You can drive via I-95 or take the scenic route and head up A1A and see some sites along the way. This route is regarded by some as the most beautiful route in the State of Florida….see for yourself.
- Disney to St. Augustine: Only a 2-hour drive from Orlando via I-4 east connecting to I-95 north. St. Augustine allows you to get away from the crowds at Disney and really experience old Florida and history. Explore ancient forts, historic sites and museums while you’re visiting and stroll along St. George Street, Aviles Street.
- Daytona to St. Augustine: Just hop on I-95 northbound and you’ll be in St. Augustine in about 1-hour.
- Scenic Route A1A: For a more scenic drive up the coast, hop on A1A and see some sites along the way that represented Old Florida. On the way stop at:
- Fort Matanzas National Monument (free to visit and includes a boat ferry out to the Fort).
- Marineland, the world’s first oceanarium, Marineland opened in 1938 and is now a dolphin conservation center. Here you can interact and even swim with the dolphins (reservations required to swim), and see their live interactive daily programs. (admission included with a St. Augustine Tour Pass)
Jacksonville Day Trip to St. Augustine
Jacksonville is very close to St. Augustine and is less than 1-hour drive via I-95 south. It’s nice to get out of the city and experience some history which Jacksonville lacks in many ways or doesn’t showcase it the way that St. Augustine does.
Complete Itinerary for St. Augustine
It can be a bit overwhelming figuring out what to do when you arrive in St. Augustine. Let us do the work for you and take the stress out of planning a vacation. The St. Augustine Tour Pass includes all of the top things to do in the city and includes 100% full admission. Just show your pass and go!
Here’s a sampling of some of the top included attractions:
- Hop on Hop Off Trolley Tour
- Ghost & Gravestones Trolley Tour
- Fountain of Youth Park
- Pirate & Treasure Museum
- Colonial Experience Tour
- The Old Jail
- Potter’s Wax Museum
- History Museum
- Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
- Dolphin & Discovery Tour
- Sunset Boat Tour
- Lightner Museum
- Villa Zorayda Museum
- and many more
- The only attractions not included with Tour Pass are Castillo de San Marcos Fort (recommended to visit), Alligator Museum and the Lighthouse. You would have to purchase tickets separately to visit those sites.
Beaches Near St. Augustine
We have an entire article that’s dedicated the going to the beaches, visiting and spring that you can read here: Visiting St. Augustine for Spring Break
Here’s a map of where the St. Augustine Beaches are located: