Florida Travel/St. Augustine Florida This Summer

Flagler college with palm trees in foreground St. Augustine this summer

With exciting Fourth of July Celebrations in one of America’s oldest cities, new cultural and arts exhibits, a nature-lovers playground, and events for athletes, you’re going to be impressed!

Why Should You Visit St. Augustine this Summer?

Florida’s Historic Coast® is one of the more popular places to visit in Florida because it is home to St. Augustine, the continent’s oldest continuously occupied city. Yet even though you are surrounded by history, the vibe is anything but “old.” Anchored by Flagler College, THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, stunning beaches, and a thriving culinary and cultural scene, people flock here throughout the year.

For Auto Enthusiasts

St. Augustine Beach and Vilano beach were popular for beach racing “skeeters” in the early 1940’s. While early dreams of putting a race track in St. Augustine never materialized, you can drive on the beach in designated areas, take part of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway to Daytona Beach about an hour south, and enjoy the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine.

For Arts and Cultural Travelers

In St. Augustine, you can go to the ballet, theater, an art gallery, or symphony.  Live and local events are held throughout the year. Then, with over 450 years of history and the influence of at least seven cultures including Native Americans, Spanish, Africans, Minorcans, French, Irish, and British, your list of opportunities to immerse yourself in local, national, and international culture is endless.

For Beach Fun

Wide stretches of beaches invite you to stroll the early morning hours as the sun rises above the horizon. With six beaches to choose from, you are sure to find a favorite spot.Then, after a day of play, you can find yourself enjoying the gentle breeze rolling in from the sea at a beachfront restaurant or rooftop bar. Surfers will enjoy the St. Augustine Surf Museum and Surfing Hall of Fame located in the St. Augustine Historical Society’s Oldest House Complex.

For Golf Lovers

You’re in the home of TPC Sawgrass, and THE PLAYERS Championship. You can plan a golf vacation, or experience the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater

For Nature Lovers

Located on a peninsula, St. Augustine enjoys trails and wildlife from the river to the sea. Water enthusiasts can sail, kayak, and paddle while land lovers have miles of trails to explore. Prefer to peddle? Explore a bike trail or ride up the wide, hard-packed beach. For something extra special, try a bioluminescent kayak tour to witness the phenomenon of sea life illuminating the night waters

For Foodies

With so many cultures to draw from, St. Augustine restaurants are filled with inspiring cuisine. It may be possible to eat every type of world cuisine right here on the Historic Coast. Diners can choose from Fish Camp fresh seafood, English pubs, Japanese Noodle Bars and Steakhouses, Italian coffee, Columbian Steakhouses, AsadoLife open fire grilling, and Spanish cuisine, just to name a few. And for your drinking pleasure there are craft breweries, the St. Augustine Distillery and craft cocktails, and San Sebastian Winery. 

For Road Trippers

St. Augustine is located between Jacksonville and Daytona in St. Johns County with one of Florida’s Scenic Highways, A1A running right through it. If you love endless miles of coastline as you drive with the windows open, this is your vibe! Drive even further south to the Kennedy Space Center and you can witness a NASA launch at Cape Canaveral. Or, on a clear night you can see the rockets from the balcony of your St.Augustine Beach rental.

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Those are some of the “normal” things to do in St. Augustine.  Now, let’s see what’s new! Here’s a list of things to do when you visit St. Augustine this Summer.

What’s New in St. Augustine Florida this Summer [2024]?

Fort at night St. Augustine this summer

Imagine watching fireworks burst above Castillo de San Marcos reflected in the water!

According to the Florida Historic Coast, there are many new places to stay, things to do, food to eat, and memories to be made to top off your Florida Bucket List in 2024. Here are a few new things to enjoy in St. Augustine Florida this Summer:

St. Augustine 4th of July Celebrations

Hands down, the biggest event of the summer is the Concert and Fireworks over the Matanzas. Watching fireworks burst above Castillo de San Marcos reflected in the water is spectacular. If you’re looking for the traditional beach vibe, head to The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Beach Party for a full week of Independence day fun. with an oceanfront cookout, beach games, sandcastle contest, dive in movies for the kids, and more.s South of St. Augustine on A1A Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers guests a Star-Spangled Cookout Buffet, complete with a grand fireworks finale on the 6th.

cute dog with American flag bowtie St. Augustine Florida this summer

Experience an oceanfront cookout, beach games, sandcastle contest, dive in movies for the kids, and more in St. Augustine Florida this Summer!

Entrance to historic building in St. Augustine Florida this summer

 Enjoy The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Lightner Museum

Art is Alive with New Exhibits

The Lightner Museum hosts The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Lightner Museum, a major reinterpretation of the museum’s permanent collection, beginning June 7 through the winter. The St. Augustine Art Association has two exhibits opening this summer: the Annual Honors Show, June 7-July 17, and History Through the Lens of Architecture, July 18-August 25. The funky and artistic lines of antique and new Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche will be fully displayed at Summer VolkFest 2024 at the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine on June 15. The art of tattooing has a home at the 20th Annual Jacksonville Tattoo Convention, August 23-25.

Live Performances in St. Augustine This Summer [2024]

Limelight Theatre’s summer shows include the popular 9 to 5 The Musical. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has an exciting line of summer concerts. Free entertainment can be enjoyed at Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach every Wednesday from May to September with the Music By the Sea Concert Series. Every third Wednesday, head to West King Street from 10am to 10pm for a collaboration of local businesses that includes live music, artists, and more. Marina Munch, a waterside food truck park, hosts the Boardwalk Bazaar on the last Friday of the month. Last, but not least, the Uptown St. Augustine Block Party from 5:00-9:00pm on the last Thursday of the month brings the community together for food, music, and fun.

food truck vendor handing a burger to lady St. Augustine Florida this summer

Marina Munch, a waterside food truck park, hosts the Boardwalk Bazaar on the last Friday of the month.

girl running to the ocean with skimboard St. Augustine Florida this summer

Head to the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am Tournament in Vilano Beach.

Shake Things Up: Fishing, Running, Biking, Skimming

Fishermen (and women) wait all year for the annual Ancient City Game Fish Association Kingfish Challenge. This year the event falls on July 28-29. Runners will be lining up for the 40th annual Bridge of Lions 5K Run on July 13th, followed by athletes challenging themselves at the Game On: St. Augustine Triathlon on July 28 at Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Then head to the beach for the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am Tournament in Vilano Beach from Auguste 16-18, 2024

Your Next St. Augustine Vacation Could Be a Click Away

cookout on the beach St. Augustine this summer

The beaches on the Historic Coast provide the perfect backdrop for your summer fun!

St. Augustine Florida This Summer is a great addition to your summer vacation list of things to do. With exciting Fourth of July Celebrations in one of America’s oldest cities, new cultural and arts exhibits, a nature-lovers playground, and events for athletes, you’re going to be impressed!

 

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