A Day to Tour St. Augustine: 90 Minute Historical Tours

Are you in town for a wedding or just stopping by for a few hours and want to learn the history of St. Augustine? There are a variety of ways to tour St. Augustine in 90 minutes or less. Will you see everything? No way! Hopefully, it will give you a taste of the rich history St. Augustine has to offer and tempt your palate just enough to make you want to come back to tour St. Augustine again in future.

Coop Scooter @St. Augustine Bike Rentals to tour St. Augustine
Feel the wind in your hair as you buzz around town or take it for a spin over the Bridge of Lions to the beach!

Trains, Trolleys, Bikes, Scooters, Segways, and the list goes on…. so many ways to tour St. Augustine

People often ask what are the best ways to tour St. Augustine?  My hubby is definitely partial to the Red Trains or Old Town Trolleys. We have been a guest on each of these numerous times over the last 13 years. He could definitely conduct the tour himself.

However, there are so many ways to tour our gorgeous city if you have extra time you may choose more than one while you are in town exploring. In this post, I have chosen to focus on not just the tours, but also ones that offer ways of getting around town. These narrow busy roads can be a challenge to a first time guest or someone that just wants to see it all without the hassle of navigating and parking.

Ripley’s Red Trains

  • 20+ stops to hop on and off at designated stops
  • 80-90 minute tour depending on traffic

    Ripley's Red Train to tour St. Augustine
    If you enjoy your tour, don’t forget to tip the train and trolley drivers.
  • Historical tour
    • each driver provides their own unique tour
  • Shuttle to your hotel or to your car at the end of the day
  • Single day or multi-day pass
  • Spanish tours available
  • Daytime tours beginning at 8:30 each morning and ending at 5:00
  • Discounts available to…
    • Seniors
    • Military
    • St. Johns County Residents
    • prepurchased online tickets

Old Town Trolley

Old Town Trolleys to tour St. Augustine
A shaded seat to take in the city protected from the sun and the showers that pop up in the summer months here in St. Augustine.
  • 20+ stops to hop on and off at designated stops
  • Fully narrated 85 minute tour
  • Shuttle to hotels, The Lighthouse Museum, Alligator Farm, and the beach
  • Single Day or Multi-day tickets
  • Free Admission to the St. Augustine History Museum
  • Daytime tours 9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Discounts available to…
    • St. John’s County Residents
    • prepurchased tickets

 

Carriage Rides

Horse and Carriage in St. Augustine to tour St. Augustine
A slower paced tour that offers a more private setting for you and your loved ones imagining what it must have been like years ago when all you heard were the horse and carriages on St. George Street.
  • Daytime and nighttime tours with peak hours being 7-10 on Friday and Saturday evenings (you may want to avoid these times if possible)
  • Standard tours meet at the bayfront on a first come, first serve basis and take 45-60 minutes depending on the company
  • Packages offered through local hotels and B & B’s
  • Specialized rides can be arranged directly with the carriage companies
  • Some are pet-friendly (call to confirm)
  • Payment method: cash

Want to know more? Check out the different carriage tours in the city. Country CarriagesSt. Augustine CarriageSt. Augustine Horse and Carriage

St. Augustine Bike Rentals

Why not tour St. Augustine from a different view? St. Augustine Bike Rentals offers more than just bikes and has a variety of tours. Stop by or check out their site for more information and be sure to share you learned about their tours on Simply St. Augustine!

  • Rentals
    • Bike
    • Scooter
    • Scootcoupe
    • Golf Cart
  • Tours
    • Segway Tour (Check out this awesome video link that will take you on a virtual Segway tour! )
    • Bike Tour
    • Street kart tours
    • Spanish tours available ask for Carlos

Explore Tours and Pick Ups

Explore Tours to tour St. Augustine
Take your crew on a tour of the city or hop a ride to take you across town for dinner! Whatever you choose, these guides are fun spirited and ready to EXPLORE with you!
  • Pet-friendly
  • Why fight the traffic when pickup service is as low as $3.00 a ride around the city?
  • Historical tour and/or unlimited pickups you decide
  • Reservations encouraged for tours and large groups
  • Pedicabs
    • Just another fun way to see the city and leave the driving or shall we say the pedaling to them!

Gold Tours

Gold Tour to tour St. Augustine
Check out why this tour is rated #1 on Tripadvisor several years in a row!
  • #1 tour on Tripadvisor
  • 75-minute Daytime/nighttime tours
  • Private tour (up to 7 guests at a time)
  • Eco-friendly quiet cart to sneak into different areas of the city
  • Reservations only
  • Payment: cash only

If you have more than 90 minutes, try more than one tour. Each tour offers its own uniqueness and charm. There is so much to learn and each guide will provide a slightly different story with new history to be learned from each of them.

Until next time, send me your questions or suggestions of tours to highlight! Be on the lookout for an upcoming post of other more creative tours that are offered around town and by water. I would love to hear from you as Allie and I (Heather) continue the transition of Simply St. Augustine. Send me your thoughts to heathersimplystaugustine@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    We love the Red Train!! Because it is lower to the ground, it’s very easy for seniors to get on and off!!! And you can’t beat the price, especially if you are a resident.

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