Lightner Museum looking south

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.

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142 St. George Street

Choose from a selection of handmade jewelry and gifts at Dragonflies Handcrafted Jewelry.

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108 St. George Street

Global and eclectic treasures await you in this shop.

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32 Aviles Street

Built during the First Spanish Period, the Father O'Reilly House Museum is one of the oldest structures in St. Augustine and is situated in the oldest continuously s...

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97 St. George Street

Dog lovers will feel right at home with the amazing selection of canine-themed gifts, souvenirs, and more at Faux Paws.

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106 St. George Street

Shoppers choose from an assortment of American-made gifts and home decor.

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107 King Street

The Flagler Campus Store sells Flagler clothing, gifts, and accessories, plus necessities from pens and paper to toiletries.

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74 King St.

Flagler College is a unique combination of the past and present, and an architectural icon of the city of St. Augustine.

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74 King Street

This historic St. Augustine landmark serves as a picturesque venue for a private gathering, with four separate event spaces available.

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72 Spanish St.

The Floridian Restaurant offers fresh and delicious meals for lunch and dinner on Spanish Street.

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50 Sevilla Street

The theater showcases performances by the Flagler Theatre Arts Department as well as non-campus community events.

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212 Charlotte Street

This family-owned and operated Polish & Greek cafe offers coffees, pierogies, and sweet Belgian waffles with a variety of toppings.

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122 St. George Street

Visitors and locals can dine on authentic Italian gelato at this eatery next-door to Pizza Time.

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100 Malaga Street

Georgie's is an authentic vintage diner, serving both healthy and hearty breakfast, lunches, and dinners, with an emphasis on authentic Greek cuisine.

Tour at GhoSt Augustine

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162 St. George St.

GhoSt Augustine offers a range of options to explore the darker side of St. Augustine, with walking tours, hearse rides, the Original Haunted Pub Tour, and more.