St. Augustine Makes Best Small Towns List

 

Posted (March 19, 2013) on www.fodors.com, Sandra Ramani, travel blogger, named St. Augustine, Florida one of the "Top Ten Best Small Towns in America".  As residents of St. Augustine, our staff couldn't agree more and that's why we wanted to expand on her brief description of our favorite town.  To read Ms. Ramani's entire article click here

 

 

 

Local Events

St. Augustine features some of the most unique events and recruits some of the best entertainmet from around this world.  

In 2013 the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host a number of incredible musical groups including; Chicago, Third Day, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alan Jackson, Hall & Oates, Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent, Bob Dylan, Imagine Dragons, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Kings of the Mic, Billy Idol, Victoria Justice and hopefully more.  

 

Incredibly, St. Augustine was chosen as host city for Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour which will be Mumford & Sons first show in Florida.  The tour will be a weekend event over Sept 13-14 and will feature 8 other acts. 

 

Other annual events which are very popular among locals and tourists include: Rhythm & Ribs Festival, Celtic Festival, Seafood Festival, Greek Festival, Art & Crafts Festival, Taste of St. Augustine, Chowder Debate, Weekly Concerts in the Plaza.....the opportunities are endless.

 

Restaurants

Local restaurants are everywhere!  We all love supporting local businesses and it is so easy when there are so many great local places to eat.

Beachcomber Restaurant - Super casual and one of the few oceanfront restaurants.  Great burgers, cold beers and a laidback atmosphere makes this an easy place to hang out.  

Creekside Dinery - If you like fish, order it on the plank.  This restaurant, situated right on the marsh is wonderful.  We recommend you sit on the deck and let the kids roast marshmellows in the fire pit.  There is always a great live band on stage too.  

The Floridian - This restaurant puts a great emphasis on local foods and has a great southern, comfort food flare.  It also has great options for vegetarians as well.  It was ranked one of the Top 50 restaurants in NE FL by Jacksonville Magazine  

Le Pavillon - A finer dining experience and equally delicious.  Downtown and located perfectly for a nice stroll after your meal.

 

Tours

Almost any kind of tour you want to take, you can find it in St. Augustine. Helicopter Tours, Kayak Tours, Eco Tours, High Speed Boat Tours, Fishing Tours, Trolley Tours, Pirate Ship Tours, Ghost ToursMoonlight Paddle Board Tours....the list goes on and on.  

 

Attractions


What would St. Augustine be without the historic attractions.  The Castillo de San Marcos is the focal point of the downtown area and is reasonably priced to tour.  The staff is knowledgable and the cannon crew performs a demonstration roughly every hour.  The fort's green is the perfect place for a picnic and you'll see many locals tossing frisbees or even flying kites.  

 

The "other" fort in St. Augustine is Fort Matanzas and admission is absolutely free.  The small fort doesn't take a long time to tour, but you do have to cross the intercoastal by boat to get there.  Additionally the grounds have many walking trails.  We think it is a must visit and you can't beat the price.  

 

The Alligator Farm, where there is more than just Alligators.  This zoo is a great place to spend a day with the family and it includes a wading bird rookery, lemurs, snakes, tortoises live shows and alligator feedings and now the Alligator Farm has introduced "Crocodile Crossing" where you can climb above the zoo, complete obstacles and zip line right over the crocodile pit.  

 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is a must stop, especially if you love lighthouses.  Climb all the way to the top and get a view of the entire beach and the city.  The lighthouse also features speciality tours include full moon tours and paranormal tours after their normal business hours.  

 

The Pirate and Treasure Museum is one of the newest additions to the city and was named Top National Attraction by Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine.  Located in the heart of downtown the museums features one of the only Jolly Roger flags, memorabilia from Hollywood's most famous swashbucklers, the only authentic treasure chest in the world and lots of interactives.  

 

There are so many special features about St. Augustine and we all love the way the area has been able to keep its "small town mentality" while welcoming the world to visit.  

What are your favorite things about St. Augustine?  

 

 

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