A week ago I went to historic St. Augustine for a fun day trip with my boyfriend and photographer-extraordinaire. I did a decent amount of research on the area, so I thought I would share my experiences with you all in case anyone else wanted to take a trip to the oldest city in America!
Just a reminder that I am a college student on a budget. So, my boyfriend and I agreed that we would only spend $150/per person, with the overnight AirBnb price included. With that, I will provide a price breakdown for every activity!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – Whether you’re 6 or 60, this museum is fun for all ages! The museum had awesome vintage carnival games, crazy sculptures made of matchsticks, life-size wax figures of some of the biggest and tallest people in the world and a lot more. It was definitely the funkiest museum I’ve ever been to. The retail tickets are $15.99, but if you buy them online in advance they’re $12.99!
“Ghostly Experience” Nighttime Walking Tour – You can’t go to one of the most “haunted” cities in America and NOT go on a ghost tour. The tour basically consists of walking around historic St. Augustine…at night. The tour guide gives some historical background of every “ghost stop” and then goes into some personal stories and testimonials of ghost sightings. You’re allowed to take as many pictures as you want in hopes of catching a paranormal figure in your photo.
Personally, I am a firm believer in ghosts. I’ve had some unexplainable things happen to me and now I try my best to avoid paranormal situations…*goes on a ghost tour.* I’m actually hopeless… But, with that, my boyfriend is a nonbeliever, and he enjoyed the tour all the same! Ghost tour tickets retail for $20/per person. Luckily, I found a Groupon that had two tickets for $20 or four tickets for $48! Not bad!
*Once the Groupon is booked, be sure to call the tour number and make a reservation.
St. George Street – Okay, this is actually the coolest part of St. Augustine, in my super-professional-world-traveler opinion. It’s a long cobblestone street that features historic buildings, boutiques, restaurants and ice cream shops. The best part is, it’s free…to walk around. Although, I highly recommend stopping in one of the Kilwin’s Chocolate shops located on St. George Street. The ice cream was amazing and I’m pretty sure I gained five pounds just from the smell of chocolate in the shop. Worth it.
Castillo de San Marcos (the main fort) – This is pretty much the focal point of historic St. Augustine. It’s rich in history and right on the water. The fort is a glimpse into the life of Spanish soldiers from hundreds of years ago. You can go up to the top of the fort to see the cannons and a pretty cool view. Adult entry (16+) is $10 and kids get in free. But, if you don’t feel like paying, a nice walk around the fort is enjoyable as well!
Lightner Museum – This museum is located in the former Alcazar hotel that housed the world’s largest indoor swimming pool (at the time). The museum features a ton of bougie artifacts from the 19th century, ranging from clothing to furniture to fine china. It’s not as crazy as the Ripley’s museum, but it’s still interesting. The venue is beautiful and it has its fair share of instagrammable spots (which, I always appreciate). General admission is $10, but $5 for students.
(Pictured above: me outside the Lightner Museum, slaying)
**Tip: If you’re staying overnight in St. Augustine, I recommend looking for a place that is within walking distance of St. George Street, because parking is expensive.
My personal budget (excluding boyfriend’s costs):
- Ripley’s Museum: $13
- Ghost Tour: $10
- Castilla de San Marcos: $10
- Lightner Museum: $5
- Food Budget (including way too much ice cream): $50
- Airbnb: $47 (total was $94/night, but the cost was split with my boyfriend)
So, I successfully managed to stay under my $150 budget! But, the left over money went to gas anyways
Hope you all enjoyed this post and keep me in mind if you ever take a trip to St. Augustine!