St. Augustine was established September 8, 1565 and is the nation's oldest city! Known as the 'Ancient City', its unique scenery and history really set it apart from any other place in the country. Whether you're interested in exploring this rich history or visiting the beautiful North Florida coast lines, these day trips are the perfect way to experience the best of the area.
Each of these day trips to provide round-trip transportation from Orlando to this amazing city so you don't have to worry about finding your way around or parking. You can choose from activities like a scenic cruise, a pirate museum, a dolphin swim, or simply take a tour of the area! Each of these tours will allow free time to explore the city, so you won't miss out on anything that you want to do. With more than 450 years of history to explore, there's no question as to why this is one of the most popular destinations in the United States.
St. Augustine Day Trip
This day trip is approximately 12 hours in total and gives you an in-depth look at St Augustine. You will begin your day by meeting your ride at select Orlando locations. Once there, you will board your vehicle for a fun sightseeing adventure while on the way to this historic city.
The ride to St Augustine is approximately 2.5 hours and gives you the opportunity to plan your adventure in the Ancient City. Upon arrival in St. Augustine, you will be dropped off at the historic district of the area. This area of the Ancient City is brimming with things to explore. See famous landmarks such as: the Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas, and Lightner Museum or get a bite to eat. You will be able to get in some shopping, visit the oldest schoolhouse in the country, or explore the city looking for the mythical Fountain of Youth which is said to be located in this city. These cobblestone streets are absolutely beautiful, so do not miss out on the opportunity to truly experience everything that makes this city great. Your guide and driver will be able to tell you what the best attractions are!
After spending an amazing 7 hours exploring the city at your own leisure, you will take a relaxing 2.5-hour drive back to Orlando to complete your day trip to St Augustine.
Historic Colonial Quarter & St. Augustine Tour
This day trip lasts approximately 12 hours, making for an enthralling and all-encompassing journey. Your trip begins with pickup in Orlando where you will then be taken on a relaxing and comfortable sightseeing journey to St. Augustine. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for tour.
View beautiful Florida sights and plan your trip during this short 2.5-hour journey on the bus. Once you arrive in St. Augustine around 10 AM, you will be able to experience all of the fun in this historic district! Upon arrival, you will be able to attend the Colonial Quarter Historic Adventure Tour, which is included in this day trip. On this tour, you can explore the cobblestone district like never before. Experience amazing shopping, dining, and sightseeing opportunities. You will see everything from blacksmithing to a musket firing! Climb a watchtower and explore historic buildings during this unforgettable journey.
Things to Do in Historic Colonial Quarter include:
Climb the Watchtower: Climb 35 feet to the top of this watchtower to see the view that the Spanish Soldiers saw!
St. Augustine Boardwalk: Walk through history underneath the flags that have flown in this city for 450 years.
Live Musket Demonstration: Learn to load a 17th- century musket and watch the guide's demonstration.
Shopping: Explore the endless shops and purchase authentic replicas!
Dining: Go back in time to experience the culture of this historic city while enjoying the fine dining.
Blacksmithing: See how the blacksmith worked and lived.
After you have explored the Historic Colonial Quarter, you are able to spend the rest of your time in St Augustine. After spending the day in St Augustine exploring, you will be transported back to Orlando, FL.
St. Augustine's with Scenic Cruise
Enjoy an amazing day exploring the country's oldest city on the St Augustine with the Scenic Cruise day trip. This tour embarks from Orlando, FL and allows you to truly get a unique look at all of the amazing things found in St Augustine. Known as the 'Ancient City', St Augustine is one of the nation's most historic and fascinating cities. Here, you can take a trip back in time to the days of Spanish settlers and searches for the Fountain of Youth. Your trip begins with transportation from Orlando, FL to St. Augustine.
After a relaxing 2.5- hour ride, you will arrive in St. Augustine where you will be able to start your exploration. Once in St. Augustine, you will have choices on your itinerary. Whether you want to learn about the history of the settlements or see the Bay of Matanzas, there are so many things to do. Some of the landmarks you might see here include the Castillo de San Marcos and the Lighthouse. You will also be able to enjoy an included scenic cruise after some exploring. This cruise is fully narrated to give awesome and informative insight into the city's culture and history. It lasts approximately 75 minutes and is an amazing way to enjoy the best of St Augustine.
After the cruise, you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the city at your own leisure. You can visit one of the many churches, take a trip to the museums, or enjoy the bay. Visit shops, dine at famous restaurants, and learn all about St Augustine on this fascinating day trip. After spending approximately 5 hours exploring, you will be whisked away back to Orlando to finish up your journey. The entire experience lasts 13 hours.
St. Augustine with the Pirates and Treasure Museum
This is a 10-hour long experience. You will start your day with a two-hour ride to St Augustine on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Once in the city, you will have admittance into the Pirate & Treasure Museum. This 5,000 sq. ft. museum sends you back in time 500 years. You will think that you're in the Golden Age of Piracy in Port Royal, Jamaica! This museum features over 800 artifacts including swords, cannonballs, and jewels. It also has one of two surviving skull and cross bone flags and the world's ONLY pirate treasure chest that has been verified! This is an awesome place for the whole family.
After your visit to the museum, you are free to walk around the city, shop at the local stores, and go to the amazing restaurants around town. There are plenty of gift shops to purchase something to help you remember this experience for years to come. At the end of your journey, the bus will take you back to Orlando.
St. Augustine's with Road Train Trolley Tour
This roundtrip from Orlando to St Augustine is all-encompassing and gives insight into the oldest, most interesting city in the United States. The entire experience lasts approximately 10 hours. Your morning begins with a relaxing and comfortable ride from Orlando to St Augustine. Your 2.5- hour journey gives you the opportunity to sightsee along the way and plan what you want to do once you arrive in the 'Ancient City'. Upon arrival, you will be treated to an awesome road train ride that takes you over seven miles.
This unique activity will be the gem of your trip to St Augustine! This road trip tour is a hop on/hop off open-air sightseeing train. This journey allows you to enjoy a fun narrated historical tour and then allows you to actually get out and explore the areas at your own leisure at all locations. You can ride to a location, hear about it from your tour guide, get off of the train and explore, and then get on the next train to go on to the next stop! A train comes by each stop every 15-20 minutes.
Castillo de San Marcos: 17th Century Spanish fort
Historic St. George's Street
San Sebastian Winery: The oldest Schoolhouse in the country
Black Raven Pirate Ship: A unique pirate-themed boat with entertainment and drinks.
Anastasia State Park
Old Jail Museum: Historic museum giving insight into the lives of prisoners in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Ponce de Leon: Named the 'Fountain of Youth'. You can sample the water here.
Swim with the Dolphins in St. Augustine
For animal lovers and those with a thirst for adventure, be sure to embark upon the Discover Dolphins in St. Augustine tour. This excursion offers some amazing opportunities to see dolphins on a fantastic day trip! You'll be transported to and from St. Augustine from Orlando. This trip allows guests to relax and unwind while enjoying the fantastic views from a comfortable van. After the nearly-three-hour bus ride, guests will be able to hop off at Marineland in St. Augustine to begin their day of fun. Guests will tour the facility and learn all about the inhabitants and work that is done. A pre-encounter session is provided right before guests are led into the shallow water for an unforgettable 30-minute interaction with dolphins. Led by a knowledgeable Marineland guide, guests can ask questions and get to know these beautiful creatures.
After the interaction, guests will also be able to explore Neptune Park and the Aquarium room. The next part of the journey includes an adventure through the beautiful and historical parts of Old St. Augustine. The cobblestone streets are gorgeous and the area is filled with shops and restaurants to explore. After this fun adventure, you'll be transported back to Orlando, FL with an arsenal of brand new memories and stories. Make sure to bring a swimsuit and a thirst for fun! The whole experience lasts 13 hours.
The Dolphin Experience in St. Augustine
This 13-hour adventure includes round-trip to St. Augustine from Orlando. After the 2.5 hour trip to St. Augustine, you will receive a Tough and Play dolphins experience. This brief encounter allows guests to play with the dolphins without getting into the water. You will be able to touch and feed them. Children must be at least 3 years of age to participate in the dolphin feeding and must be supervised.
After the hour experience, you will be able to explore St. Augustine for about 7 hours before heading back to Orlando. This will give you plenty of time for dining, shopping, and visiting other attractions!