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. The result is a walkable city obviously designed with old European concepts. Part of Historic Downtown, Lincolnville also offers an historic walking tour, 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 is a beautiful area for walking around all day, while 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.

Corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets

A Spanish-style garden dedicated in 1965 as part of St. Augustine's formal 400th anniversary.

(904) 824-6522

62 St. George Street

Fair-trade and high-quality jewelry from around the world are featured at JR Benet.

(904) 806-0031

11 F Aviles Street

Pottery, raku, and mixed media pieces, as well as paper sculpture are made and sold in this eclectic studio.

(904) 770-2605

21 Spanish Street

Kafe Kava offers a variety of coffee, tea, pastries and snacks in a quaint home-style shop in downtown St. Augustine.

(904) 824-4944

34 1/2 Treasury Street

In the heart of downtown, guests can get authentic key lime goodies, plus a variety of speciality oils, vinegars, and coffees.

(904) 829-3535

2 St. George Street

Making walking safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly.