Historic Downtown

The heart of the First City is found here in Historic Downtown.

The heart of the city of St. Augustine is here in the Historic Downtown where guests will find a majority of the city's restaurants, shopping, hotels, and attractions. The Historic Downtown is the oldest part of the city with many buildings dating back to the 1700s — and with streets that have existed from long before that —combine to create a walkable city obviously designed with old European concepts. Part of Historic Downtown, Lincolnville also offers history, museums, places to stay, and eateries.

This Historic Downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places, as are over twenty other sites within the district from the Alcazar Hotel to the Ximenez-Fatio House. The Historic Downtown creates a walkable city and a beautiful area for finding things to do like shopping, visiting museums and churches, dining, and listening to live music.

The Historic Downtown is also home to the beautiful bayfront with lovely panoramic views of the Matanzas Bay and an inviting bayfront walk along the Matanzas River from the Castillo de San Marcos to the former 16th Century Jesuit monastery that is now Headquarters for the Florida National Guard. A number of eateries have views of the Matanzas, including A1A Ale House and Harry’s Seafood. Those who wish to stay in the Historic District, near the water, may want to check out the Bayfront Inn and the Edgewater Inn.

The top-rated attractions in the area reflect the importance of history in shaping St. Augustine, including the Flagler Legacy Tours, Lightner Museum, and the Colonial Quarter. Another defining feature of the Historic District is the architecture. The design on building facades represents the height of Spanish Colonial and Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. This area of town showcases everything from early European design, Florida bungalow-style houses, and Gilded Age extravagance.

The Historic Downtown of the nation’s oldest city represents much of U.S. History from 1565 and is sure to offer activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Outside of 1565 Trading Company in St. Augustine, FL

A clothing shop featuring light colored shirts with St. Augustine themed designs.

A St. Augustine boutique with products for beach-lovers and Southern ladies including clothes, drinkware, and accessories.

This historic inn features eight queen bedrooms with private bath, unique amenities, and romantic atmosphere.

63 Orange Street is a bed and breakfast in a quiet residential neighborhood in historic downtown St. Augustine.

A 2 bedroom rental in St. Augustine, Florida's Historic District. Walk to attractions, restaurants, and more.

A Ghostly Encounter

11C St. George Street.

Explore St. Augustine's winding streets after dark on this popular ghost tour.

Local, non-theatrical ghost tour with 1-hr, 2-hr, and 3-hr tour options featuring facts and history.

view of bayfront from A1A Ale Works

This restaurant on the bayfront offers a full menu made from fresh ingredients as well as a wide selection of beers in their Tap Room.

A1A Ale Works' Bayview Room is an elegant choice for a wedding reception or private banquet.

A1A Ale Works offers private dining for weddings and banquets in their luxurious and spacious Bayview Room.

The Sala Menéndez in the Lightner Museum courtyard is one of the private dining rooms available from A1A Ale Works.

A1A Ale Works offers private dining for weddings and banquets at Sala Menéndez, uniquely located in the historic surroundings of the Lightner Museum courtyard.

Bike clothing and more at Adamec Harley Davidson in St. Augustine, FL

Find shirts, jackets, boots, gear, and more for bikers and biker lovers alike.

The entry to Adventure Pets at 51A Cordova Street in St. Augustine.

Adventure Pets presents gear for people who wish to take their dogs on their adventures.

Afterlife Tours

Ponce de Leon Circle
The Tolomato Cemetery, part of the Afterlife Tours in St. Augustine.

Afterlife offers historically accurate paranormal tours of St. Augustine.

Outside Agustin Inn in historic St. Augustine, Florida

A St. Augustine bed and breakfast located in a Victorian home built over 100 years ago, with 18 rooms and wheelchair access.

Agustin Inn Weddings

29 Cuna Street
A wedding day celebration at Agustin Inn in St. Augustine, Florida.

Wedding packages are available at this B&B venue for every guest list and budget.

Pizza at Al's on St. George Street

Located just across from St. Augustine's Castille de San Marcos, Al's Pizza offers hand-made pizza and a variety of other Italian specialties.

House-made pasta and ravioli are on the menu with Tuscan-inspired seafood dishes at Alta Marea in St. Augustine.

Alta Marea, the Italian phrase for "high tide" features the best of local and Mediterranean seafood.

Amore Wedding Chapel

75 King Street

Amore Wedding Chapel in historic downtown Saint Augustine sits in the beautiful Lightner Museum built by Henry Flagler in 1888.

Anatol Studio

14 St. George Street
Comparison photo of a baby and their carved portrait from Anatol Studio

Hand-carved portraits from a seasoned professional in St. Augustine, Florida

Ancient City Baptist Church is a historic church originally constructed in St. Augustine in 1895.