Florida October 29, 2016
The Oldest Town In Florida That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
St. Augustine is not only the oldest town in Florida, it’s the oldest town in the country. As you might guess, there’s plenty to do here, with more than 450 years of history to explore. Though it’s historic, it’s not stuck in the past. St. Augustine has lots of happening restaurants, shops, and nightlife to experience. It would be impossible to detail everything in one post, but we’d love to give you a glimpse at just one possible way to spend a day in beautiful St. Augustine:
There's a lot of history here, but St. Augustine also knows how to cater to tourists (especially foodies). So let's start the day at one of the best breakfast spots in town, The Blue Hen Cafe.
These are the best biscuits in town, so dig in. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
If you've ever tried to explore the city by car, you know that parking can be a problem. Tours like those offered by Old Town Trolley remove all of the stress and time wasted searching for parking spots, so you can actually have an enjoyable time learning about the city.
Tours like this one allow you to get off and on as you please, so you can still walk these historic streets and peruse the many shops, restaurants and museums in our nation's oldest city.
You'll be transported back in time from the minute you set foot on the narrow streets of this city founded way back in 1565.
When you arrive in town, you can't miss the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the country.
Another iconic landmark on our is the Hotel Alcazar, which now houses Victorian artifacts as the Lightner Museum.
Time for lunch, and we know just the place. Head to the Uptown Scratch Kitchen for delicious, upscale meal from an unexpected place, this humble food truck.
It's very popular, and everything is made from scratch. That means you can expect a line, but food this good is worth the wait!
Now that we've sampled some of the best food in town, there's time for one or two more stops. If you're visiting with kids, they will love a trip to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, which has the largest authentic collection of pirate artifacts available for public viewing.
For a more grown-up date, check out a tour at San Sebastian Winery. Tours are free, and there are so many Florida-grown varieties to sample, you'll definitely want to take home a few bottles.
If you're looking for a relaxed dinner spot, try Gas Full Service Restaurant. This local favorite serves up fresh and tasty American fare in charming retro digs.
There are many creative dishes to choose from, from the Jalapeno popper burger with homemade chips to the shrimp and grits. No matter what you choose, you won't leave hungry.
If you're not ready for your St. Augustine adventure to be over (and you want to wake up to a sunrise like this the next day), stay at Anastasia State Park. This beautiful park will make you feel miles away from civilization, yet it's still close to everything you'll want to see and do.
Have you ever visited St. Augustine? What are your favorite things to do in our nation’s oldest city?