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.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

(904) 824-1606
19 San Marco Avenue

Amazing exhibits and unbelievable artifacts from around the globe make Ripley's Believe It Or Not! a one-of-a-kind experience.

Guests can tour the spookiest spots in St. Augustine and measure supernatural activity with professional ghost-detecting equipment.

Ripley's Haunted Castle Tour

(904) 824-1606
19 San Marco Avenue

At Ripley's Haunted Castle, visitors may tour the most haunted property on the Southeastern Seaboard.

Ripley's Red Train Tours

(904) 824-1606
19 San Marco Avenue

Tour the nation's oldest city and learn all about its fascinating history on Ripley's Red Train.

River & Fort

(904) 481-8396
12 Avenida Menendez

Boasting two rooftop patios with a bar area that has expansive views of the Castillo de San Marcos and the bayfront.

River House Events

(904) 826-6210
179 Marine Street

The River House hosts a variety of elegant events from grand weddings and receptions to intimate gatherings and business meetings.

Rose of Sharon Pier

2010 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway

Rose of Sharon is a public fishing pier located next to the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. There are benches and a pavilion structure with palm trees. It is a great spot to fish or enjoy the view of the bayfront. 

Royal Family

162 St. George Street

This shop has sandals and slip on shoes for visitors.

Saint Augustine Photo Tours

(858) 602-0122
1 Cathedral Street

Saint Augustine Photo Tours invites guests to tour America's Oldest city with an accomplished professional photographer.

Saint Augustine Running Tours offers guests guided runs through St. Augustine's historic downtown.

Sainte-George Restaurant

(904) 429-9345
1 St. George Street

A blend of European and American cuisine, created with precision and presented with excellent service.

Salt Spa St. Augustine

(904) 814-8641
28 Cordova St.

The Salt Spa in St. Augustine offers spa services, immersion tank, and infrared sauna.

San Sebastian Winery

(904) 826-1594
157 King Street

Come by for a free wine tasting and fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of how wine is made.

Sangrias

(904) 827-1947
35 Hypolita Street

St. George Street tapas bar featuring outdoor porch for people-watching and live music.

Saragossa Inn Bed & Breakfast

(877) 808-7384
34 Saragossa St.

This lovely bed and breakfast is within walking distance of Cordova Street and St. Augustine's historic district.

Sarina Durden Beauty

(904) 325-9942

Providing airbrush makeup, lashes, hair, and spray tanning for weddings and special events.

Savannah Sweets

(904) 825-0711
81 St. George Street

Fudge, pralines, caramel-covered apples and retro candies line the shelves of this St. George Street sweet shop.

Visitors searching for a quick snack, coffee, or tea while in the Historic Downtown can find it at Say Cheese! Dreamboat Coffee Snack Shack.

Scenic Cruise

(904) 824-1806
111 Avenida Menendez

Aboard the Victory III, visitors can relax and cruise the waters of historic St. Augustine for an hour-and-fifteen-minute tour.