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St. Augustine: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with Museum Entry

1. St. Augustine: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with Museum Entry

See historic St. Augustine on a guided hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Listen as your conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and stories. Find out about the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country at the St. Augustine History Museum. Enjoy a full 90-minute tour on the trolley or have the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 22 stops. Avoid getting through traffic or having to find and pay for parking. Let your conductor take care of navigating for you. Relive the story of the first settlement in North America as you see Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fort built in the 17th century. See the famous spring that Ponce de Leon which is deemed the Fountain of Youth, where you can actually sample the water. Explore the site of the first mass in America at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour Old St. Augustine Village, which features houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, the oldest documented colonial house in Florida which was lived in by British, Spanish, and American colonists. Immerse yourself in the 500 year history of the city as you view the exhibits at the St. Augustine History Museum.  There are 22 Stops conveniently located close to many places of interest in St. Augustine: 1) 167 San Marco Ave: Old Town Trolley Tours of St Augustine, The Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience, St. Augustine History Museum, Gator Bob’s Trading Post, Spice & Tea Exchange 2) 10 W. Castillo Dr.: Visitor Information Center 3) 31 Orange Street: Potter’s Wax Museum, Old Drug Store, Tolomato Cemetery 4) 1 St. George Street: City Gates + St. George Street (historic walking mall), Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse 5) 20 S. Castillo Dr: Colonial Quarter, Pirate & Treasure Museum, Castillo de San Marcos 6) 6 Avenida Menendez: Bay View at the Best Western, Shipwreck Museum 7) 39 Hypolita Street: Hypolita Street and St. George Street, Columbia Restaurant 8) 38 Sevilla Street: Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church + Grace United Methodist Church Ancient City Baptist Church 9) 81 King Street: Villa Zorayda Museum 10) 80 Cordova St: Lightner Museum, Flagler College 11) 112 Riberia Street: St. Augustine Distillery 12) 146 King Street: San Sebastian Winery 13) 139 King Street: Whetstone Chocolate Factory 14) 38 Cathedral Place: Plaza de la Constitucion, Government House, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine 15) 22 St. Francis Street: Oldest House, Fernandez Llambias House 16) 111 Avenida Menendez: St. Augustine Marina, Schooner Freedom, The Black Raven Pirate Cruise 17) 1 S. Castillo Dr.: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument 18) 19 San Marco Ave: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 19) 27 San Marco Ave: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center 20) 101 San Marco Ave: Mission of Nombre de Dios, Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche 21) 137 San Marco Ave: The Old Senator + Villa 1565 22) 11 Magnolia Ave: The Fountain of Youth

St Augustine: Nights of Lights Tour by Electric Cart

2. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Tour by Electric Cart

Explore St. Augustine's magical Nights of Lights from the comfort of an electric cart. Visit the most important landmarks in Florida's oldest city in a unique ride, full of Christmas spirit. More than 3 million white lights decorate the city of St. Augustine, in what has become a must for visitors looking for a scenic night in town. Starting your tour at the St. Augustine Waterfront, you will get a night time overview of the best sites and brightest decorations. This 45 minute tour will drive through the Plaza de la Constitucion, St. Augustine's city center, with its impressive Christmas tree and thousands of lights adorning the surrounding tress and foliage. Your ride will be complemented with Christmas songs, ideal for setting the mood to pass by several sites in city, like the Flagler College, the Lightner Building, among others.

St. Augustine: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

3. St. Augustine: Boat Cruise and Electric Golf Cart Tour

Save your legs with a tour of St. Augustine by land and sea with minimum walking required. Enjoy a 75-minute narrated boat ride around Matanzas Harbor then see the city's most important sights in an electric golf cart. Pass by Plaza de la Constitución, the Lightner Museum, and much more. Start the day with a sail through Matanzas Harbor. Feel the wind in your hair from the top deck or keep warm on the lower deck as you take in the city's historic landmarks from a unique waterside perspective. Enjoy live commentary from a certified tour guide/driver. Once back on dry land, hop in an electric golf cart for a city sightseeing tour. Pass by Plaza de la Constitución, Lightner Museum, and Castillo de San Marcos. See iconic hotels such as the Alcazar and Casa Monica. Finally, ride by the Mision Nombre de Dios site and the Fountain of Youth.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

4. From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

Visit St. Augustine, the so-called “Ancient City” and oldest continuously settled town in the United States. Experience the charming atmosphere and beautiful climate of a town located between northeast and central-east Florida. While there, explore St. Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, and unique shops. Make sure to also take in the history at the significant landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth, and more, Choose between the following tour options: • St. Augustine Day Tour: Spend a full day in the oldest city in the U.S. Find out about the historic landmarks with a tour guide and then shop, dine, and discover the city at your own pace. • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise: Get a unique view of the city and see its many historic landmarks and impressive natural beauty on a narrated tour around Matanzas Bay. • St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter Museum: Embark on an interactive adventure where history comes alive with a guide in proper colonial attire. Throughout this living museum, experience a musket firing, blacksmith demonstrations, and more. • Road Train Tour: Set off on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing adventure through town aboard a trolley streetcar. Learn interesting facts about the 22 unique sites on the 7-mile (11-kilometer) loop, and hop on and off where you like to explore the attractions at your own pace. • Pirate & Treasure Museum: Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures. Delight in award-winning interactive exhibits that make this hands-on museum an experience for all the family. Whichever tour option you choose, your day will include plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the local restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

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What people are saying about Lightner Museum, St. Augustine

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 139 reviews

Comprehensive 1.75 hour total tour if you stay on for the full 21 stops. We were somewhat physically challenged so we only got off at two places near the end. It seems there is rarely a wait to speak of, and the guides were spectacular. Well worth the money.

We had a great time viewing the beautiful lights of St. Augustine. Our guide, Wendy, was informative, entertaining, and lots of fun! I would highly recommend this tour!

Driver provided information on landmarks as well as went down back streets to provide a better look at lites

Simple and fun. Guide was professional and knowledgeable

Excellent tour. Louis was fantastic, friendly & funny.