Historic Homes & European Style 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, historic walking tours, European style 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 Historic Walking Tour
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.
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 as you stroll along historic homes and European style architecture.
Tours start at Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub and some other locations around the city.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and the Lightner Museum
Dine in the former indoor pool of Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel, once the largest of its kind. Occasionally drained to house elaborate gardens, this pool is now an elegant eatery featuring local and organic ingredients.
Built in the Spanish Renaissance Revival style in 1889, this museum is a monument to European style architecture and the lavishness of the Gilded Age. Explore artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Victorian clothing, art, Tiffany stained glass, 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.
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.