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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.

4 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 829-9487

 

 

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.

Tours start at Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub and some other locations around the city.

 

 

 


 

AFTERNOON | Lunch and the Lightner Museum

 

Café Alcazar in 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.

25 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-9948

 

Tour the Lightner Museum

Built in the Spanish Renaissance Revival style in 1889, this museum is now a monument to the lavishness of the Gilded Age. Featuring three floors of artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Victorian clothing and art, Tiffany stained glass, and paintings and oddities from around the world.

75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 824-2874

 


 

EVENING | Dinner and the Colonial Quarter

 

Prohibition Kitchen

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.

119 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 209-5704

 

The Colonial Quarter

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.

43 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(888) 991-0933

MORNING | Breakfast and St. Augustine’s Churches

 

The Kookaburra

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.

24 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 209-9391

 

 

Explore Downtown and St. Augustine’s Churches

Sites like the St. Photios 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 all tell stories of both the early pioneers and influential personalities who have shaped St. Augustine.

 

 

 


 

Discover More Churches

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.

59 St George St #3607, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 823-3378

 

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.

20 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 829-3575


 

Discover More Historic Homes

Peña-Peck House
143 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 829-5064
penapeckhouse.com

Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum
32 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 826-0750
fatheroreilly.house

The Government House
48 King Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 826-0750
staugustine.ufl.edu/govHouse.html

Oldest House Museum
14 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL | (904) 824-2872
saintaugustinehistoricalsociety.org


 

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.

25 Cuna St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 810-2400

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.

 

Video – Experience The Historic Homes and Architecture in St. Augustine

 

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