St. Augustine's Historic Homes and Architecture
St. Augustine is known for its stunning views and 450 years of rich heritage - but few people know about the history and cultures that tell the story of the establishments that stand there today. Travel back in time with culinary experiences, old traditions, European inspired architecture and more with this Historic Homes Itinerary. We've included suggestions for dining, museums, and touring your way through St. Augustine's most historic and visually stunning buildings.
MORNING | Breakfast and Guided Walking Tour
La Herencia Café
Dine in this small Cuban-American restaurant in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine, serving Cuban food from family recipes and breakfast all day.
Historic Walking Tour
Take a stroll through the city's past with a 2-hour architectural guided tour. Walk and learn the history of St. Augustine's diverse culture from British Colonial Period through modern times.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and the Lightner Museum
Café Alcazar in the Lightner Museum
Formerly Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel, which closed in 1932. The indoor pool, now the location of Café Alcazar, was the largest in the world in its time. At certain times, the pool was drained, and elaborate gardens were installed on the pool’s floor.
Tour the Lightner Museum
A monument to the lavishness of the Gilded Age, the museum features three floors of artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, including exquisite Victorian clothing and art, stained Tiffany glass, and paintings and oddities from around the world.
EVENING | Dinner and the Colonial Quarter
Located on historic St. George Street, this vintage gastropub and lounge evokes the spirit of the spot’s past as the Genovar Theater, once the social epicenter of St. Augustine in the prohibition era. Enjoy a seasonal menu using local ingredients, craft cocktails, and live music.
The Colonial Quater
Enjoy live music each weekend under the Colonial Oak at The Colonial Quarter. The stage area is nestled in a collection of replica buildings of St. Augustine’s 17th Century Spanish and 18th Century British rule, and a restored 1740 colonial home, the De Mes-Sanchez House.
MORNING | Breakfast and St. Augustine's Churches
Enjoy refreshing Australian coffee and pastries at this popular coffee shop along the Plaza de la Constitucion, a public park in the heart of St. Augustine since the late-1500s.
Explore Downtown and St. Augustine’s Churches
Sites like the Greek Orthodox Shrine, the Memorial Presbyterian Church where Henry Flagler and his family were laid to rest, and the beautifully adorned Cathedral-Basilica dating back to the 1700s, tell stories of both the early pioneers and influential personalities who have shaped St. Augustine.
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 824-2806
Memorial Presbyterian Church
32 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 829-6451
St. Photios Greek Shrine
41 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 829-8205
Grace United Methodist Church
8 Carrera Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 829-8272
AFTERNOON | Historic Homes Tour
Tour the Former Hotel Ponce de Leon
Built by Henry M. 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.
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Walk from Flagler College to a guided tour of the coquina Ximenez-Fatio House. Built as a merchant’s home in 1798, the house later became “Miss Fatio’s,” a fashionable woman-owned boarding house. Today, the house museum has been restored to reflect its role during Florida’s first tourism boom in the 1800s.
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143 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 829-5064
Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum
32 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 826-0750
The Government House
48 King Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 826-0750
Oldest House Museum
14 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 824-2872
EVENING |Dinner at Michael's Tasting Room
Michael’s Tasting Room
Fine Spanish dining featuring innovative twists on heritage classics, live entertainment and world-class wine pairings. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine, the building began as the Buchanti House that dates back to 1764, and was made famous by the Whitney Family of Marineland, who refurbished the historic home for the city’s 400th anniversary.
Interactive Map - Homes and Architecture Itinerary
The map below will help you plan your route through historic St. Augustine as you enjoy the best culinary experiences, old traditions, and European inspired architecture.