Because of it’s long history, St. Augustine is chocked full of museums and monuments preserved from the first Spanish settlers in the United States. Whether you are vacationing in the area or only have an afternoon available, there are plenty of places to draw your inner tourist.
You could visit and tour the missions in the area. Specifically the Mission of Nombre de Dios. The grounds it sits on are peaceful and gorgeous. In the early 1600s the settlers claimed the location for the church. The present chapel was rebuilt in 1915 after a hurricane wiped out the previous chapel. Soak in the history and solitude at this historic site.
Another place you could visit on your trip is the Spanish Military Hospital Museum offers fully guided tour will take you back in time as you learn about the medical care the patients received 400 years ago. Or you could visit the Colonial Village which also offers immersive tours taking you back in time. If you prefer the more rough and rouge, the Pirate & Treasure Museum might excite you. There are hundreds of genuine artifacts from pirates over the centuries. From the more refined 19th and early 20th century, there is the Lightner Museum founded by Chicago publisher Otto C.Lightner and housed in the former Hotel Alcazar. The museum features some of the most iconic designs and relics from America’s Gilded Age.
No matter your historical interests, St. Augustine has the museum for you. Find something to experience before you jump on that shuttle back to the Jacksonville airport. Make your trip memorable.