The front view of the gazebo in the center of the Plaza

Plaza de la Constitución

A national historic landmark that has been a gathering spot since 1573.

Plaza de la Constitución

(904) 825-1001

Near the Bridge of Lions.
1 Cathedral St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Open 24 hours.

The Plaza de la Constitución sits at the center of the historic city. It is bordered by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Trinity Episcopal, and the Government House. It faces the Bridge of Lions and features a central pavilion used for city events, private events, and live entertainment. There is also a public market that has been in use since the 1500s, when fish, vegetables, and other goods were traded here. Today, local vendors set up tables to sell their wares.

Visitors can enjoy local events at the plaza such as the summer Concerts in the Plaza series and the Nights of Lights during the holidays. It is surrounded by large cannons which make for a fun photo opportunity.

Note: Private use of the site is strictly limited to the gazebo in the center of the plaza which includes a small thrust stage, electrical service, and interior lighting. The gazebo has a two-hour limit for use in a 24-hour period. No signs or banners may be hung on this structure or placed on the ground.

History of the Plaza

The plaza has been a central part of St. Augustine since 1573 when it was first laid out by the Spanish Royal Ordinances. The ordinances required the plaza to be laid in a rectangular shape according to the compass points, with the length equal to 1 1/2 times the width to promote harmony. The plaza earned its proper name from the obelisk that was erected to celebrate the Spanish Constitution of 1812. Other monuments located in the park include a tribute to American Revolution prisoners, one to honor soldiers killed in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and a newer installation to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine — known as the Foot Soldiers Monument.

A pre-1700s well has been designated as an American Water Landmark, and the town plan and plaza were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

Amenities at the Plaza

  • Historical monuments
  • Public market

Visit the Plaza

Address: 1 Cathedral Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Parking & Admission: FREE. There is metered parking in front and around the site.

Reservations: Those who wish to host events on the gazebo stage such as concerts, presentations, ceremonies, and weddings can do so by contacting the city via email. 

Other Parks Near the Plaza

The Castilo de San Marcos, Eddie Vickers Park, Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park, and Project SWING Playground are all close by. Check our local Parks Directory for other options in the surrounding area.

Upcoming Live Music

Thursday, June 20th, 20246:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 1st, 20246:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events

EventDateTime
First Friday Art WalkFriday, March 1st, 20245:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Easter PromenadeSunday, March 31st, 20241:00 pm - 2:30 pm
First Friday Art WalkFriday, April 5th, 20245:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Festival of Chariots 2024Saturday, April 13th, 202412:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Historical Timeline SaunterSaturday, April 13th, 20245:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Friday Art WalkFriday, May 3rd, 20245:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historical Timeline SaunterFriday, May 10th, 20245:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Friday Art WalkFriday, June 7th, 20245:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historical Timeline SaunterSaturday, June 22nd, 20245:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Friday Art WalkFriday, July 5th, 20245:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Plaza de la Constitución

(904) 825-1001

Near the Bridge of Lions.
1 Cathedral St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Open 24 hours.