- Ranked #2 on the What To Do In St. Augustine List on TripAdvisor, the Ximenez-Fatio House is "One of the Best" museums in the city, "Interesting and Informative", and "Distinctive and Memorable" according to recent reviews. The museum complex is located only 2 blocks from the St. Francis Inn on Aviles Street. From their website: "The property includes a ca. 1798 coquina stone House, the region's only detached Kitchen building, a reconstructed ca. 1802 Wash House and a new Visitor Center with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and a Museum Store."
- Ranked # 3 on TripAdvisor is Flagler College. Originally built as a resort hotel for the very rich, this historic campus sits in the heart of town and offers two tours a day. Enjoy.
- Ranked # 6 is the Basilica Cathedral. "Absolutely beautiful." "Awesome"
- Ranked # 7 is the Memorial Presbyterian Church built by Henry Flagler. Easily accessed by either Red Train or Old Town Trolley (it's a popular stop for both), also easy walking distance from the heart of downtown.
- St. Augustine Pirate Museum aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhh!
- St. George Street shopping! We provide umbrellas!
- The Lightner Museum You've got to see the handmade rug with the mean poem about in-laws. :)
- The Spanish Military Hospital Museum Close by on Aviles Street.
- The Authentic Old Jail - BEHAVE! Or they might not let you leave!
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! The ORIGINAL Ripley's - and once home to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.
- Father Miguel O'Reilly House - again near the Inn on Aviles Street. Home of the "Hurricane Lady".
- The Oldest Store Museum - located on the same property as the Old Jail.
- The Villa Zorayda Museum - nearby on King Street - truly unique!
- Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
- Pena-Peck House
- Gonzalez-Alvarez House (Oldest House)
- St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
- AND...you can always relax at the St. Francis Inn - in the sitting room - in your room - watch a DVD - we have a large library of DVDs from which you can borrow! Have a coffee and enjoy yourself!
Lots to do in the Old City even on a rainy day:
"All the inns and outs of America’s first city, St. Augustine is not just some historic town on the coast"
Nice article about our fair city, the St. Francis Inn, and various restaurants and attractions:
Osceola News-Gazette - Official community newspaper for Osceola County including Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, Harmony and surrounding areas
Osceola News-Gazette - Official community newspaper for Osceola County including Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, Harmony and surrounding areas
Celebrate an extended holiday season and enjoy our
FREE “Light Up Your Life” Gift.
All guests who stay at St. Francis Inn on any two consecutive weeknights (Sunday through Thursday nights) from November 24, 2013 to January 29, 2014* will enjoy:
- An exclusive and Free Holiday Trolley Tour through the Historic District, to enjoy the magical Nights of Lights, at 7:30 pm;
- A Complimentary Bucket of Fudge at check-in;
- A Gift Certificate for a Free Hot Chocolate, during your stay, at our local confectionery Fudge Buckets, just a few blocks from St. Francis Inn.
- This exclusive offer is available at no extra cost to our guests!
* The Light Up Your Life Gift is not available during these holiday dates: November 27-28,
December 24-25, and December 31-January 1.
Visitors to our city will enjoy more than 2.5 million tiny white lights sparkling throughout the ancient streets, historic buildings, and local businesses of St. Augustine. St. Augustine’s renowned Nights of Lights is a magical memory to every visitor who has experienced the brilliant twinkling lights that illuminate America’s Oldest City. Downtown St. Augustine is described by National Geographic as one of the "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights" in the USA!
Here is a list of all restaurants that will be open this year on Thanksgiving. Thanks to the St. Augustine Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau for providing this information!
|Monday - Monday : November 4 - 11 (Including Veterans Day)|
New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit - www.StAugustine-450.com
Art Dorks Rise' Art Exhibit at space:eight gallery - www.spaceeight.com
Viva Florida Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association - Florida's 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery. The exhibited works celebrate the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Monday & Thursday: November 4 & 7
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West at the IMAX Theater - www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday - Friday: November 4 - 8
The Chess Project Exhibition - www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Tuesday - Friday: November 6 - 8
|"Watercolors of the World by Brad Bennett" - www.stjohnsculture.com|
Tuesday: November 5
Salt Air Farmer's Market - Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Find an array of fresh, organically-grown produce and other yummy things. 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine. 904-814-9886 www.marinelandmarina.com
Sunset Sailing Aboard Sirenia - Feel your worries melt away on this 2-hour journey into the estuary surrounding the nation's oldest city. Take in views of St. Augustine's historic bayfront as a romantic sunset colors the sky. Your Captain will do the work or let you try your hand at sailing, otherwise you can relax as the world passes you by. The tour leaves from the St. Augustine Marina. Reservations Required. Special rate: Buy 1 ticket full price at $50/adult and get $10 off 2nd adult ticket! Tour time is 3:45 p.m. 111 Avenida Menendez
Music Masters Lecture and Performance - EMMA and Flagler College host a Music Masters lecture from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College with Nick Curry, Cello with the Trio Florida. The program will include Dvorak's Dumky Trio as well as a piano Trio by pianist Gary Smart who will talk about how he composed this work and his inspirations for writing the piece. The compositional details surrounding Dvorak's trio will be discussed. Admission is $6 at the door. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
Wednesday: November 6
|Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park on St. Augustine Beach, featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com |
First Wednesdays Lightner Museum Tours - Lightner Museum curator provides an exclusive encounter with some of the museum's eclectic relics. This themed interactive tour changes monthly and is designed to give participants an opportunity to talk with the curator and to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The curator tour begins at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the museum. The tour is included in the regular admission price of $10 adults; active duty military $6; $5 college students and young people ages 12-18; free for under 12. 75 King St. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Discover First America Program - "Secrets of the Spanish Colonial Archives" marks the official debut of the Catholic Diocese digital archives developed by Professor Michael Francis of the University of South Florida in collaboration with Vanderbilt University. The program also provides a sneak peek at the foods and wines available at Colonial Quarter's Spanish Mercado along with demonstrations of Spanish cuisine. In addition, the Colonial Quarter's Picolata Players will preform. This program is sponsored by the Colonial Quarter and held in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Admission is free. St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees.
14 Granada St. www.Staugustine-450.com
Thursday - Sunday: November 7 - 10
9th Annual Florida Literary Arts "Other Words" Conference - This year's conference focuses on "Writing Florida: The First 500 Years". The weekend features panels, readings, workshops and an independent book fair, all focused around the unique literary landscape of historic and contemporary Florida. All nightly conference readings start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The readings include poets, novelists, and memoirists, Mark Powell, Gianna Rosso, D. K Roberts, Campbell McGrath, and Rhonda Riley. The workshops which include screenwriting, poetry,, non-fiction, and fiction require registration. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-6481 www.floridarts.org
Limelight Theatre Presents "Bad Seed" - Written by Maxwell Anderson, "Bad Seed" is set in a small southern town where a penmanship contest and a child's drowning combine to create a memorable mystery thriller. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Thursday: November 7
A Tale of Two Black Boys - Dr. Elijah Anderson, Professor of Sociology, Yale University, presents "Trayvon and Emmett: A Tale of Two Black Boys" at 7 p.m. in Flagler College Lewis Auditorium. The lecture is part of the speaker series Race and the South: St. Augustine in Context, presented by the Flagler College Ideas and Images program marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The lecture is free and open to the public. 14 Granada Street 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community
Filmmaker Josh Gibson at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum - Josh Gibson, Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, discusses his three most recent films, "Kudzu Vine", "Light Plate" and "Nile Perch" at 7 p.m. at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. In the past three years, his films have won 14 major festival awards. His film "Nile Perch" is one of the 15 finalists for Cinema Eye Honors' Best Short documentary of 2013. Free Admission. 48 Sevilla St. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert
|Friday - Sunday: November 8 - 10|
6th Annual Pirate Gathering - Three days of pirate fun and history in the nation's oldest city! Enjoy historic exhibits, living history demonstrations, a privateer parade and pirate battles. The events take place at Francis Field, Colonial Quarter, on the bayfront and along Orange St. in downtown St. Augustine. Admission to Francis Field is "A-Buck-an-ear" ($2) for adult/child. 29 West Castillo Dr. 904-824-4997 www.pirategathering.com
|Friday: November 8|
Passion Pit with Two Door Cinema Club, The Joy Formidable and St. Lucia - Indie pop band Passion Pit performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The performance will feature special guests The Joy Formidable and St. Lucia. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Tickets range from $33 - $42.50. 1320 A1A South 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com
The St. Augustine Story - Lee Weaver portrays three different St. Augustine Lighthouse keepers who tell the story of the Oldest City from their perspective. Curtain time at The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 adults and $12.50 Students. 259 San Marco Ave. 904-824-8874 www.oldfloridamuseum.com
Magic at Colonial Quarter - Mayhem de Magnifico and crew perform a kid-friendly Magic Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 15. Under age 5 free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113 www.colonialquarter.com
|Saturday - Monday: November 9 -11|
Veterans Day Weekend at Castillo de San Marcos - In honor of those who have served the U.S. military, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos for the weekend. Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1695, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. On Friday and Saturday, visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings from 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. The Castillo de San Marcosoverlooks Matanzas Bay. 1 S. Castillo Dr.
Veterans Day/Month at the World Golf Hall of Fame - This Saturday through Monday, Veterans and their dependents receive free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Through the rest of November, all active duty military personnel and their dependents will receive free admission. There will be special scavenger hunts and exhibits highlighting golf's relationship with the military. The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $19.50, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students. 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
|Saturday: November 9|
|Old City Farmers Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Takes place 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South.|
Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike - Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com
City Walks Pet Friendly Tours - Bring Fido to join City Walks for a FREE Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine's Historic District. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine's office. Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com
Maximo's 10-Year Anniversary Celebration - The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park celebrates the 10th anniversary of the arrival of Maximo at the park. The giant saltwater crocodile continues to be one of the park's most popular residents. The celebration includes prizes, a scavenger hunt, face painting, and give aways. Meet St. Augustine-native Nascar driver Scott Lagasse Jr. from noon - 3 p.m. Outback Steakhouse will provide small bites from Down Under from noon - 2 p.m. The park is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $22.95 Adults; Children $11.95 (ages 3 - 11). Scouts in uniform get free admission.
999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-824-3337 www.alligatorfarm.com
Justin Moore Concert - Billboard's "Top New Country Artist of 2009," Justin Moore performs with Randy Hauser and Josh Thompson at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Tickets range from $24.50 - $50. 1320 A1A South 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com
EMMA Concert: New Directions Veterans Choir - The New Directors Veterans Choir, an award-winning a cappella group comprised of men and women who have served proudly in the U.S. military, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets are $30. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour - St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Comedy at Colonial Quarter - The Picolata Players perform a comedy hi-jinks. The show begins at 8 p.m. under the stately Colonial Oak at the Colonial Quarter. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 15. Under age 5 free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113 www.colonialquarter.com
Sunday: November 10
Lincolnville Farmer's Market - Eddie Vickers Park hosts the farmers market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Every Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine. www.LincolnvilleFarmersMarket.com
Music in the Gardens - From 1 - 4 p.m., Washington Oaks Gardens State Park celebrates Veterans Day with the grand opening of their new stage. The Veteran's Day Appreciation Concert will feature Tim Rippey, a highly-acclaimed vocalist who entertains with country, easy listening, and more. There will be a silent auction, refreshments through a Bake Sale and plant enthusiasts will be able to purchase plants. Free Admission. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
Old City Music Fest - Musical performances featuring classic rock band Kansas, Uncle Kracker, John Anderson, Bush Hawg and Morgan Frazier will headline the day's concert at the St. Augustine Flea Market. This exciting day of great music, food and people will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in their mission to honor and empower wounded service members. Pre-sale tickets are $25 general admission and $75 VIP seating. Military discounts available. 2495 SR 207 at I-95, St. Augustine www.oldcitymusicfest.com
"Hansel & Gretel" A Fairy Tale Opera - A fairy tale opera for the whole family will be performed at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. The Grimm Brothers' story will be sung in English by professional singers along with The St. Augustine Youth Chorus. Special Family Tickets are $50 (2 adults, 2 children) or Adults: $25; Students with ID $10. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-417-5555 www.firstcoastopera.com
St. Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden Concert - Have a picnic in the park and enjoy live music and the Sculpture Garden from 4 - 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Admission is free. 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. 904-824-4493
"Check, Please" at the Raintree Restaurant - A theatrical performance of "Check, Please", combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
Monday: November 11 - Veteran's Dsy
Veterans Day Ceremony at Francis Field - The Veterans Day Ceremony at St. Augustine's Francis Field is hosted by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County and the Florida National Guard. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.and there will be two minutes of firing at 10:59 a.m. to simulate the constant barrage that ceased on 11/11/1918. There will be re-enactors, static displays of military vehicles and over 20 Color Guards. 11 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.450military.org
Veterans Day Memorial at St. Augustine Beach - The City of St. Augustine Beach will host an observance to honor our veterans from 3 - 5 p.m. at Lakeside Park Veterans' Memorial (behind the police station). The ceremony will be led by City of St. Augustine Beach Vice-Mayor Rich O'Brien, and will include an honor guard, bagpipers, Veterans groups and special guest speakers. Refreshments will be served. 2200 A1A South
Veteran's Day Ecology Tour - Jump aboard St. Augustine Eco Tour's research vessel to explore beautiful marshes with productivity that rivals even the most intact rainforest. Sightings of osprey, manatees, and dolphins are all possibilities on this journey through the estuary! This is a one-of-a-kind family adventure offered several times per day. Trips reserved for 2 to 6 guests. $35 for adults, $30 for kids ages 12 & under or $175 for a private tour. Departs from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and reservations are required.
111 Avenida Menendez (904) 377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com