Do you like off the beaten path attractions where you don’t have to fight for a parking spot? Here are some St. Augustine destinations that need to be on your list of must-sees during your next visit. They all have plenty of FREE parking and appeal to various age groups.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Don’t let the name fool you, there is more to the Alligator Farm than just gators. However, they do have every possible species of crocodilian for you to see. For the adventurous members of your crew, the Alligator Fram offers crocodile crossing zip line adventure that takes you above the action. Kids and adults alike enjoy this attraction and if you are lucky, you may be able to score discount tickets to save money to spend at the gift shop on your way out. Find out more at Key Ways to Save in St. Augustine.
Oldest Store Museum
Are you a fan of antiques or the way things used to be? Then this is the attraction for you. There is so much to soak in and learn about how things used to be through a guided tour. The tour is kid friendly offering some hands-on activities and lots of nostalgia for the young at heart. Tours are offered daily starting at 9 am until 4:30 pm every 20 minutes. Tickets must be prepurchased at one of the kiosks around town or across from the museum at the Old Town Trolley Ticket Booth.
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is one of our absolute favorite attractions and love to share it with visitors as they come to town. It is well worth the 219 steps to the top for the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Be sure to have your cameras ready for the photo opportunities. During your visit, plan to catch one of the NEW Behind the Scenes Tours at 11 am, 12, 1, 2, or 3 each day. If paranormal excites you, the lighthouse offers special Dark of the Moon tours you may want to check out. Be sure to check their website for ticket availability!
Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of Leche
In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas to visit on the edge of town. The grounds and museum are worth an hour or two of your time. At this time, the footbridge that leads to the cross and the grounds has been closed off to pedestrians. However, the grounds are still accessible on the other side of the pond. It is an amazing place to cool off in the heat of the summer and the cross is absolutely breathtaking. This is the site where Pedro Menendez stepped foot on new the land back in 1565 and claimed it for Spain and the church.
St. Augustine Aquarium
One of St. Augustine’s newest attractions outside of town is the St. Augustine Aquarium. It is off of State Rd. 16 just before you reach the outlets! It is a small up and coming aquarium with the exhibits outside and offering a few additional upgraded adventures of snorkeling with the fish or petting stingrays. It won’t take much of your day and can provide some entertainment for the kiddos before or after your outlet shopping trip! If you have a chance to stop by, you may want to check out the other off the beaten attractions offered next door at the Castaway Canopy Adventure. While the little kids may enjoy the aquarium, you are sure to be the hero with the older kids when you let them try out the new zip line courses!
What other off the beaten path attractions do you enjoy visiting?
Do you have other off the beaten path attractions in the St. Augustine area you like to visit? Comment below and share with our followers what you like about a particular location. St. Augustine has so many amazing places to visit it was challenging to limit the list to just 5! However, this time I chose to focus on a variety of attractions with plenty of parking since parking is at a premium in the city! Have a question about St. Augustine, or want to find out how your business can be featured send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.