Visual Arts Itinerary
America’s St. Augustine is a vibrant blend of music, arts and culture - but few institutions stand out in our community as vividly as visual arts. In fact, from the early 1930’s to the mid 1950’s, the “Lost Colony” of St. Augustine had one of the largest art communities in the South. Treat your eyes to our community’s dazzling array of painting, sculpture, photography, crafts and more with this Visual Arts Itinerary. We’ve included suggestions for dining, drinking and discovering your way through St. Augustine’s most artistic options.
MORNING | Breakfast and the Arts
The Butterfield Garage Art Gallery leads the charge in artist-run presentations. The former Ponce de Leon Hotel – now Flagler College – is a treasure trove of art and history from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Manatee Café
Turquoise-tinged haunt serving delicious, healthful cuisine prepared using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, herbs, spices and coffees!
Historical Tour of Flagler College
Journey through historic Flagler College, and experience the artistic and architectural heritage of the former Ponce de Leon Hotel. Tours are free for St. Johns County residents and for children under 10.
Butterfield Garage Art Gallery
The Butterfield Garage Art Gallery emphasizes communication between artists and artist-directed exhibitions. Take in works ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and glass.
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum exhibits regional, national and international artists, and offers a venue for fostering knowledge and a deep appreciation of contemporary art.
The museum is open Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm, and is free to the public.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Museums
The historic Lightner Museum, formerly the luxurious Alcazar Hotel of the 1800s, boasts a large collection of artwork – including Tiffany stained glass. Aviles Street is bursting with local artistic opportunity and galleries!
Café Alcazar in the Lightner
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.TRUE STORY: The dining area of the Café Alcazar is actually the former bottom of an indoor swimming pool!
Discover the museum’s full range of artwork – featuring three floors of artifacts from the era of the Alcazar Hotel, including exquisite Victorian art glass, stained glass from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and paintings from around the world.
Aviles Street Art Galleries
Stroll colorful Aviles Street, which has become one of the area’s most diverse arts districts. Some of our favorite gallery stops include: • Plum Gallery | www.plumartgallery.com • Georgia Nick Gallery | http://gnick.faso.com/ • Aviles Gallery | www.augustine.com/thing-to-do/aviles-gallery
St. Augustine Art Association
Promoting the arts since 1924, the St. Augustine Art Association produces monthly juried exhibits, workshops and lectures, and serves as the community’s cultural hub.
EVENING | Dinner and First Fridays
Internationally inspired fare with a focus on fresh and local seafood, steaks, lamb and veal. Reservations required.
First Friday Art Walk
On the first Friday of every month, St. Augustine’s art galleries welcome visitors to browse the latest art exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at more than 30 participating galleries.
MORNING | Breakfast and Arts Walking Tour
Australian-American coffee shop proudly serving specialty coffee, espresso, and Aussie pies.
Art and Architecture Walking Tours
Led by an art historian, the 90-minute guided tour highlights iconic paintings, Spanish, Colonial, and Victorian architecture, stained glass, monuments, murals, public sculptures, artist studios, and more.
For reservations, call the St. Augustine Art Association below.
TOUCH St. Augustine Braille Trail:
Braille markers with tactile graphics, developed by the Saint Augustine Art Association, are located at numerous public statues throughout historic, downtown. These markers, along with the audio guide, form the TOUCH Saint Augustine “Braille Trail.”
To download the map and audio tour, visit www.staaa.org/touch
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Exploring
Local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Taste southern comfort food, and vibrant, creative dishes with many vegetarian options.
VISITORS TIP: In the afternoon, take some time to explore the downtown area. From St. George Street's eclectic shops, boutiques and museums to the waterfront, there is lots to see and do!
EVENING | Dinner and Show
The Raintree Restaurant
Enjoy an international menu inside a restored St. Augustine 1879 Colonial Victorian home, or in its quaint Florida courtyard.
Uptown Saturday Nights
Mingle with artists and art lovers, enoy live music, refreshments and other activities as San MArco comes to life. Many participating shops also serve wine and refreshemnts. 5-9pm, the last Saturday of the month.