Self-Guided Walking Tour in St. Augustine, Florida

Exploring the Nation’s Oldest City on a Self-guided Walking Tour

If you love cultural history and architecture, you have to visit St. Augustine! Although we have the incredibly amazing Florida Stories Walking Tours app, for an incredible self-guided walking tour experience, I took this walking tour based on my own trip notes. In case you didn’t know, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. It was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and its very rich in interesting history. Even more so, it’s completely beautiful! The narrow, alley-like streets, old buildings, and the many points of interest make St. Augustine one of the best places to visit in Florida!

Juan Ponce De Leon statue in Saint Augustine, Florida, self-guided walking tour
Juan Ponce De Leon, the discoverer of Florida, is known to have landed near this spot at the entrance of the city, in 1513.
visit Old Town Aviles Street in Saint Augustine, Florida sign

On this walking tour, I discovered some places that I had never noticed before on my previous visits. Which is mostly why I enjoyed this self-guided walking tour so much. Primarily because I went through all the alleys and less populated areas. You probably know that St. Augustine is home to the 17th-century Spanish fortress–Castillo San Marcos. But what is the hidden beauty of this historic city? Well, let me tell you, that there’s a LOT of beautiful spots in St. Augustine!

TIP: Don’t forget to wear your best walking shoes, a sun hat, and sunglasses!

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What to See on a Self-Guided Walking Tour in St. Augustine

Seriously, there are tons of places you could visit in St. Augustine! This is only what I did on about a 5-hour trip. And although I’ve been to the Nation’s Oldest City more than once, this walk led me to some really amazing spots. Here’s how to discover some of them…on your own!

Castillo de San Marcos is a must see in Saint Augustine self-guided walking tour
Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine, FL

I began this self-guided walking tour from the parking lot next to Castillo de San Marcos, which is practically at the main entrance to the city. Just in case, these are not in any particular order. However, the walking distance to and from each point of interest is very reasonable.

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Casa de Nicolas de Ortega Armourer, circa 1740

This house represents the architecture of the first Spanish period, with minor British modifications. What I loved the most about this house is the simplicity and beautiful details of its construction.

Address: 70 St George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Casa de Nicolas de Ortega Armourer in Saint Augustine, Florida
Casa de Nicolas de Ortega Armourer
coquina stones in Saint Augustine, Florida
This is Coquina–a limestone made out of broken shells, that was used centuries ago for the construction of buildings in Florida and the Caribbean.
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Ximenez-Fatio House, circa 1798

This fine, three-story home and warehouse is built out of coquina, and it is a former boarding house. Currently, it’s one of the best museums in St. Augustine where you can experience what life was like in the 1800s.

Address: 20 Aviles Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Ximenez-Fatio House in Saint Augustine, Florida can be seen on a self-guided walking tour
Ximenez-Fatio House

Spanish Dragoon Barracks, believed to have been constructed prior to 1763

I saw this building for the first time in this self-guided walking tour. It’s a first Spanish period two-story coquina structure. It’s beautiful!

Address: 61 Cordova Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Spanish Dragoon Barracks in Saint Augustine, Florida
Spanish Dragoon Barracks

Governor’s House, built during the 16th century

The site of this building was first used as the Governor’s residence back in 1598. Then, the new structure was built in 1706 and was occupied as the Governor’s main residence from the first Spanish period (1710) throughout the second Spanish period (1812). I loved it because it looks so perfect and rich in history!

Address: 48 King Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Governor's House in Saint Augustine, Florida can be seen on a self-guided walking tour
Saint Augustine’s Governor’s House

A Quaint Bar with major Wanderlust Vibes – my self-guided tour bonus!

I loved this historic house turned into a quaint neighborhood bar! It’s tucked away in one of the less touristy areas, making it a bit harder to find if you don’t walk around. It also gave me Harry Potter Vibes!

Address: 59 Cuna Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

quaint bar with victorian-style in Saint Augustine Florida
The Social Lounge, a quaint bar in Saint Augustine
self-guided walking tour in St Augustine
The gorgeous Victorian-style house was the perfect background for my picture!

The ‘Garden Door’ of Saint Augustine

You should know by now, how much I am deeply fascinated by doors! It’s something that captures my attention and to be quite honest, I don’t know why. Thus far, this is one of the most gorgeous doors I’ve seen in St. Augustine! I was lucky enough to see it open and I peeked into the beautiful garden.

Address: 15 Bridge Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

the garden door in St Augustine can be seen on a self-guided walking tour
Saint Augustine’s Garden Door

Saint Augustine’s Most Beautiful Street

It had been quite some time since I wanted to see this street. For this one, you’re better off making the stop before or after you go to the Old Town–as it’s at a short driving distance. It’s so darn beautiful! Nonetheless, I have to admit it’s not Savannah, Georgia beautiful. But it really did take my breath away! It’s quite the street! I stood right in the middle and took pictures of both sides. Which side do you like the most?

Address: Near 28 Magnolia Ave., Saint Augustine, FL, 32084

Saint Augustine Florida most beautiful street on Magnolia Avenue
Right side view of Saint Augustine’s most beautiful street on Magnolia Ave
Saint Augustine Florida most beautiful street on Magnolia Avenue
Left side view of Saint Augustine’s most beautiful street on Magnolia Ave

More to See on a Self-Guided Walking Tour in Saint Augustine, Florida

What’s your favorite part of this self-guided walking tour? Let me know in the comments!


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Self-Guided Walking Tour in Saint Augustine, Florida

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Yanitza Ninett

Hi there! I'm Yanitza Ninett. I'm the creator of Next Stop Adventures. This is a blog about my family adventures and travels. I love hiking, the ocean, sunny days, and I love to capture life with my lens.

20 thoughts on “Self-Guided Walking Tour in St. Augustine, Florida

  1. I’ve read so many good things about St Augustine. This is a great walking tour and I hope to follow it one day when I next visit the US.

  2. Wow!! This is so beautiful! My heart cried while reading this post, for real. Magnolia Avenue is just breathtaking! Limestone made from broken seashells, I would love to experience up close and personal. Just brilliant!

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I’m so happy that this brought you joy. Magnolia Ave is out of this world! There’s a lot of fascinating history behind the Coquina structures that are still existent. I hope you get to visit one day.

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