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.

The White Room

(904) 824-9056
1 King Street
The White Room in St. Augustine, Florida, provides the venue for beautiful weddings and special occasions.

The White Room provides the perfect venue for unforgettable weddings and very special occasions in St. Augustine, Florida.

Wild Heart Boutique

(904) 436-3150
137 King Street
Displays of clothing and accessories at the counter at Wild Heart Boutique in St. Augustine.

WildHeart Boutique presents interesting and fun women's clothing, funky jewelry, and gifts.

Woman's Exchange Gift Shop

(904) 829-5064
143 St. George St.
The Woman's Exchange runs a unique gift shop at the historic Peña-Peck House in St. Augustine.

The Woman's Exchange gift shop sells handmade crafts from around the country.

Ximenez-Fatio House – Events

(904) 829-3575
20 Aviles Street

The historic building and grounds of the Ximenez-Fatio House make an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, reunions, and more.

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

(904) 829-3575
20 Aviles Street
The Ximenez-Fatio House was once a fashionable boarding house in 19th-century St. Augustine.

Welcome to 1800s St. Augustine with a fascinating tour of this beautifully restored colonial house and museum.

Zeno's World's Most Famous Taffy

(904) 217-8661
112B St. George Street

An original Florida taffy shop first started in Daytona Beach.

Zora Bora Gallery

(904) 417-0474
28 Cuna Street
The entrance to Zora Bora Gallery on Cuna Street in St. Augustine.

This artist consignment gallery features the work of local artists and artisans.