Was it really a vacation if you don’t come home with more photos than you know what to do with? The nation’s oldest city in St. Augustine, Florida has 450 years of architectural wonders and historic streetscapes to explore. From Spanish Renaissance designs of the 1800s to British colonial streets, we’ve narrowed down some of the best-photographed spots for your visit.
1. The St. Augustine Lighthouse
There’s no doubt that the outside of the historical St. Augustine Lighthouse, built in 1874, is a wonder to see — but the inside is just as beautiful! Wander up the 219 spiral steps and discover 400 years of maritime heritage throughout the Keeper’s House, Museum and grounds.
2. Castillo de San Marcos
Not only is the Castillo de San Marcos full of rich history since its creation in 1672, but the views over the water are absolutely magical. Stop by for a ranger-led tour or historical reenactment and weapons demonstration. Don’t miss the fascinating heritage of nearly 350 years in the making that can be found in the guard and storage rooms within this national monument.
3. St. George Street and Aviles Street
St. George Street and Aviles Street are bustling with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes for your strolling pleasure. Meander along the stone streets and experience the authentic colonial architecture that historic St. Augustine has to offer.
4. The Lightner Museum Courtyard
The Lightner Museum is brimming with gorgeous art and artifacts on the inside, but don’t miss a walk around the green gardens and coy pond — the stone arch bridge is a great photo op.
5. Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Aside from the deep historical value of the Cathedral Basilica, this oldest church dating back to the 1700s also makes a beautiful addition to the St. Augustine skyline. After you snap a few photos of the beautiful Spanish architecture, make sure to stop inside for a view of the exquisite murals and stained-glass windows that adorn the walls.
6. Flagler College
Not every noteworthy St. Augustine view can be seen from the outside! Built by Henry Flagler in 1888 and once one of the most exclusive resorts of its day, Flagler Legacy Tours of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon highlight the Spanish Renaissance architectural heritage of what is now Flagler College. Step back into the era of Titanic and see what life was like for the pampered elite.