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St. Augustine is one of those cities that lures me back time and time again. It’s a short detour off I-95 for those traveling into Florida.
Known as the oldest city in the oldest city in the U.S., history lovers will not be disappointed by the plethora of historic attractions but don’t worry if history isn’t your thing. You’ll find something to appeal to a broad variety of interests, including architecture, nature, roadside attractions and the outdoors in this family-friendly city that also makes an ideal romantic getaway for couples in the south.
Before I get to WHAT to do in St. Augustine, I’d like to encourage you to chose WHERE to stay in St. Augustine once you’ve decided it’s a destination you want to visit and you’ve nailed down your dates, as St. Augustine is a popular vacation destination. There are accommodations for any and all budgets.
Where to Stay in St. Augustine for a Romantic Getaway
The Old City House Inn and Restaurant
This charming Spanish Colonial-style Bed & Breakfast offers seven rooms, each individually and tastefully decorated. Located in the St. Augustine Historic District, you’ll find this property within walking distance of some of the city’s most popular and well-known attractions. If you prefer not to walk, you’ll find a trolley stop a short distance from the hotel that allows on/off access. For those that travel with their fur baby, you’ll be happy to know that dogs are welcome with a pet deposit.
Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
This 4-star resort offers old-world charm and modern-day conveniences like in-room climate controls, down comforters with turndown service and 24-hour front desk service. You’ll also find an on-site outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa. If you prefer, you can skip the spa and arrange an in-room massage for you and your significant other.
Bayfront Westcott House St Augustine B&B
Also located in the St. Augustine Historic District, this waterfront B & B features 16 beautifully appointed rooms. With a doting staff, made-to-order breakfast, evening reception, and luxurious bedding, you may never want to stay in a hotel again. Explore the area or relax on the terrace, whatever you choose to do, you’ll love your comfortable room that provides a touch of romance for your couples-only getaway.
Now that you’ve chosen your lodging and gotten that out of the way, it’s time to decide what you’ll do while visiting St. Augustine.
Things to do in St. Augustine for Adults
Old Town Trolley Tours
When it comes to getting around in St. Augustine, you’ll find parking in the historic district can sometimes be a pain. That’s one reason I suggest you leave your vehicle behind and hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour. The narrated tour will give you a great overview of the city and you’ll be able to hop on and hop off at any of the stops along the way.
Tip: Hop on the trolley and ride it all the way through without getting off at any of the stops the first time around for the full tour while you plan which stops to enjoy on the second ride around town.
Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas National Monument and the Colonial Quarter
These three historic attractions will keep you busy as you explore two historic forts and meander through the oldest section of St. Augustine. Travel back in time and take a walk through the centuries while you enjoy fine dining, shopping, and entertainment.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Climb the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for unparalleled views of St. Augustine, enjoy the museum exhibits that highlight the nation’s first port, participate in the daily activities and return for a nighttime ghost tour of the lighthouse.
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
What could possibly be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride through St. Augustine’s narrow street? You’ll find various options available so sit back, relax and enjoy.
Take your Photo at the Love Tree
Legend has it that if you kiss under a Love Tree, you’ll seal your love for eternity. How fun is that? You’ll find the most popular Love Tree located on Cordova Street which is a palm tree growing through an Oak Tree. But that’s not the only Love Tree in the city. You’ll find St. Augustine has not one, but seven love trees, so if you’re adventurous, you can find all seven and celebrate your love to one another under each tree with a selfie-and smooch.
Have you visited St. Augustine? What would you suggest for a romantic getaway to America’s oldest city?