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St. Augustine, Florida Culture & history

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St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

1. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

St. Augustine Trolley & Museums Combo Package

2. St. Augustine Trolley & Museums Combo Package

St. Augustine is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking architecture, antiquated buildings and its significance to the shaping of America. With this St. Augustine combo package you can explore the city, with entrance to the Old Jail, access to the Oldest Store Museum and a visit to the St. Augustine History Museum. Hop aboard one of the trolleys and experience “transportainment,” a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Visit more than 100 points of interest in St. Augustine at your own pace.  Your guided tour of the Old Jail will be led by the jailers and includes a close-up view of the men’s and women’s cells, maximum security, as well as a collection of weapons. When you visit the Old Store, you will step back in time to discover the latest and best time-saving miracles from 1900. Watch in amazement as the friendly clerks, butcher and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions of turn-of-the-century living. It truly is like walking into a Sears Roebuck catalog from 1908. There are more than 400 years of history to explore in the St. Augustine History Museum. As you journey through the exhibits, you will see authentic artifacts, unpublished photographs and learn about the evolution of St. Augustine and Florida under Spanish and British rule. The combo package truly does give you the best of St. Augustine on one easy ticket.

St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Tickets

3. St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Tickets

Journey back three centuries to the piracy's golden age at this spectacular interactive museum. See more than 800 authentic pirate artefacts (one of the largest collections in the world) in award-winning interactive exhibits, like the Book of Pirates. Fire a real cannon, touch a 400-year-old treasure chest, and explore the execution dock. Lift a real gold bar recovered from the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita, which sank around 1622. Raise the Jolly Roger flag and even meet a pirate if you're lucky! Learn all about the world's most infamous sea rogues during your trip to the interactive Pirate and Treasure Museum. It's an engaging adventure for all ages!

St. Augustine: Audio-Guided Medieval Torture Museum Tour

4. St. Augustine: Audio-Guided Medieval Torture Museum Tour

Enter the museum through the gift shop, guiding yourself through the many rooms at your own pace. You will have the option to read the descriptive plaques or to purchase the audio-guide, which plays through the speaker of your phone, via a web page. Witness numerous forms of brutal, jaw-dropping, yet historically accurate torture methods, while interacting with several of the displays. Experience first hand the sound of the guillotine dropping, and look inside the belly of the Bronze Bull, feeling the desperation of the victim. With a space of over 4,000 sq ft, there is so much to see. As you walk from room to room, you will think that you have seen the worst until you come to the next room.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Day Trip with Tour Options

5. 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.

St. Augustine: Potter's Wax Museum Ticket

6. St. Augustine: Potter's Wax Museum Ticket

Discover America's first wax museum located in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. This wax museum offers guests the ability to interact with over 160 wax figures, ranging from Hollywood A-listers to individuals who have shaped national history. The inspiration behind Potter's Wax Museum came from a childhood trip to London taken by founder, George L. Potter. As a child, he was mesmerized by the life like figures and wanted to share his enjoyment with the American public. In 1947, Potter began contracting with GEMS of London, a noted wax studio, to create one of a kind figures for his museum. Potter employed artists from all over Europe to aide in this project with the wax imported from France, hair from Italy, and the sculpting taking place in Belgium. Opening it's doors in 1949, Potter's Wax Museum has served as an interactive, educational and fun attraction for visitors to the ancient city.

St. Augustine: Historical Walking Tour

7. St. Augustine: Historical Walking Tour

Step beyond the textbooks and into the real history of the oldest town in the United States. Learn the culture of the people who built St. Augustine, and admire the architecture of both the Spanish and British periods. With your professional guide, take a gentle and scenic stroll around this historical place. Enjoy a small group of typically fewer than 10 people, ensuring you have that personal connection with your guide. Hear tales of St. Augustine, take souvenir photos, and ask your guide any questions you have. After the tour, spend the rest of your visit to the city armed with all of the information you need, knowing that if you have a question, you have a place to call and get your questions answered.

St. Augustine History Museum Experience

8. St. Augustine History Museum Experience

A combination of historical displays and private collections brings over 400 years of Florida’s history to life. The museum features displays of the various countries, such as England, Spain and France that have ruled over St. Augustine. Guests can visit the Spanish sunken treasure room, a Timucan Indian Village, and our Florida Cracker trading post. During this tour you will explore how St. Augustine and Florida grew and prospered under Spanish, British, French, and American rules. Experience the building of Flagler's Railroad that started in St. Augustine and went 128 miles out to sea to Key West. From the Indians to the Spanish Galleons and Pirates to the Revolutionary War, you will find Florida's history a truly fascinating story!

St. Augustine: Colonial Quarter Museum Admission Ticket

9. St. Augustine: Colonial Quarter Museum Admission Ticket

Take a trip into the past with a visit to the Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine. See what life was like in the old days as you walk through a reproduction of a colonial-era town. Watch a blacksmith demonstration and learn how tools and other everyday objects were made locally. Climb 35 feet to the top of a recreated Spanish watchtower and enjoy great views of the Castillo de San Marcos and St. Augustine’s bayfront. Walk past all of the flags that have flown over St. Augustine and experience over 400 years of history.

From Orlando: St. Augustine Tour and Colonial Quarter Museum

10. From Orlando: St. Augustine Tour and Colonial Quarter Museum

Spend the day in the historic town of St. Augustine and soak up all the history. St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter a historic adventure tour where history comes alive.  The city’s newest attraction is a historic adventure tour experience that allows for interactive opportunities throughout 2 awesome acres that showcase 3 centuries of St. Augustine history. On the tour, experience a musket firing, blacksmith demonstrations, and more.  Between tours you can climb the watchtower, wander through historic buildings, dine at both 18th century styled eateries, or just relax under the Colonial Oak Tree. Your day includes plenty of time to explore the town, shop in the gift shops, and dine in one of the great restaurants on the cobblestone streets.

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based on 31 reviews

Our driver, Nelson, was fantastic. Was very helpful and patient with all of the traffic due to holiday weekend. Much nicer than trying to maneuver around ourselves.

We had an absolutely wonderful time! Every person we met and interacted with from this venue was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional! Loved every moment!

It was interesting and we learned new things about pirates. There was plenty to see, read and do to keep our entire party interested and entertained.

It was fascinating and the candles added the perfect touch...really captured the horror!

Host n driver were amazing Host kept me entertain the whole 80 min