Unique Things to Do in St. Augustine

A historic site in St. Augustine

As one of the oldest cities in America, there are plenty of unusual and unique activities to enjoy while you're in town. From pirates to old castles and everything in between, you'll get to discover the mysteries that unfold throughout the town and have a one-of-a-kind vacation. Start planning your trip today and visit this amazing city with its many wonderful activities. 

Pirate and Treasure Museum 

Pirates are a part of the history of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Castle Ottis

Castle Ottis was created as an original landscape-sculpture...“Done in Remembrance of JESUS CHRIST.” A landscape-sculpture is defined as a structure built to adorn or to view the landscape. Castle Otttis is an impression of an Irish castle of 1,000 years ago. The interior was created under the guidance of historians from the Catholic Diocese of Northeast Florida to evoke an atmosphere of an Abbey (or early Christian church) in Ireland during the same period. The Castle is made available by appointment to schools, churches, colleges, universities, institutions and community groups for academic and spiritual environments and has provided a unique setting for small, intimate wedding ceremonies.

The Castle is located on highway A1A three miles north of St. Augustine, Florida. Even if it is unavailable for a tour, it is definitely worth the drive to see it from the outside. You can’t miss it as you head north on A1A!

Oldest School House

14 St. George St. The Old School offers the opportunity for people of all ages to see the Genopoly House that has been preserved to reflect the homestead life of the Minorcan Settlers as well as school life in the 1800s. You can see the dungeon which was the form of detention back in the old days and receive a diploma after your tour.

Love Trees of St. Augustine 

Are you here for a special celebration (anniversary, honeymoon, vow renewal)? Then you must find the Love Trees of St. Augustine! Love Trees are where two separate species of trees grow in, on and through each other. Local tradition says that if two lovers kiss beneath one of these unusual arbors, they will share an everlasting romance.

Many lovers return on their anniversary to recreate their first “love tree kiss.” There are 7 love trees to be found in St. Augustine. This would make a romantic scavenger hunt so check out these landmarks for a love tree:

  • The Love Tree Cottage at 6 Cordova Street 
  • Villa 1565 hotel parking lot 
  • Bridge Street near the Cathedral Parrish School
  • The grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios
  • 294 St. George Street
  • Property Between Ameris Bank and Bailey and Upchurch’s offices on N. Ponce de Leon Boulevard
  • The Council on Aging

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve 

Hiking Trails at GTM Research Reserve – Just a short drive up north A1A is the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve that has many interconnected habitats from the ocean to the forests. One of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country, this landscape protects and provides for a great diversity of plants and animals on the five hiking trails.


You can swim with the dolphins at the one of Florida's first marine mammal parks, billed as "the world's first oceanarium". A trainer will guide you through the experience, ensuring you interact safely with the beautiful marine mammals. Take time afterward to enjoy beautiful Crescent Beach while you are there.

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a non-profit exotic animal rescue group. During the two-hour tour, you will get to see many animals, especially big cats. Please note there is no photography allowed and tours are by appointment only on specific days. Please call them for the tour schedule, 904-940-0664

Look for one of the most photographed gates on Bridge St. – the iconic red gate! The owners just recently replaced the aging gate with a newer one, but thankfully kept the original red color!

Discover the Beauty and Excitement of the Ancient City and Book Your Vacation Rental Today

With many oceanfront condos to choose from, you can be near the beach at all times and still close to the other wonderful activities in St. Augustine. Creston House offers condos with fully-equipped kitchens to enjoy your family meals while you're in town and everything you need to relax and enjoy your time off. Book your vacation rental today!

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