Just south of Jacksonville, Florida, you will find St. Augustine. A town perched on the sea with plenty to see, experience, and enjoy. By day, many find themselves lounging at the beach, visiting museums, and learning about the historical past of the city. By night you will find plenty of history, culture, and entertainment to keep you thoroughly enthralled with the city. Fun for singles or those traveling with families, St. Augustine is the perfect place to relax at night as you slow down from a very exciting day in the city.
1. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Have a love for music? The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall plays host to some incredible performances from rockstars, like Paramore and Foster The People, or take things a bit slower with some chamber singing. If the theatre excites you, book your tickets for a Broadway musical like Disney’s Newsies. There is a show for everyone of all ages and the perfect stop after dinner at one of St. Augustine’s incredible Bars or Pubs.
2. Bars and Pubs
Many cities all over the world work tirelessly to become well known for a particular type of cuisine, drink, or experience. St. Augustine is no different and are well on their way to being known for their bar and pub scene, especially at night! Check out the Mardi Gras Sports Grill for some flair, Stogies Cigar Bar for a cold one and a smoke, or British Pub for some flavorful cuisine from across the pond. Each hot spot had both traditional and creative drinks that can surely excite even the most seasoned of travelers. Tons of places to visit, with tons of themes to enjoy.
3. Ghosts & Gravestones
Do you have an itch for the spooky and scary? Check out the ghosts & gravestones tour of St. Augustine. There you will board a trolley and learn about the mayhem that has taken place all throughout St. Augustine. You will visit longtime residents of the city who never left and can still be seen lurking in the shadows. Stories told by both personal accounts and real-life experiences. Visit Huguenot Cemetery, City Gates, and the Tolomoto Cemetery, as your guide tells you all the spooky history.
4. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
While primarily a daytime attraction, this can be a fun one for the kid to see before heading off to bed. The museum is home to many pirate artifacts like the world’s oldest “Wanted” poster, one of two surviving 17th-century Jolly Roger flags, and the world’s only pirate treasure chest. When you are done learning about the history, climb onto a replica pirate Shinto, explore all the adventurous nooks and crannies. It is an interactive experience that allows you and your little ones to get a little education and excitement.
5. St. George Street
This fun and historical street allows you to visit prominent attractions, antiquities, and amazing restaurants. Visit exciting boutiques like the Sunburst Crystal or Tillie’s Bath Cottage. If you are more interested in history, stop by the Old City Gates or the Oldest Wooden School House. As you continue to make your way down the street spend some time at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, or the Colonial Quarter. If you are looking for something more low key, stop in one of the many shops, cafes, or art galleries before your night comes to an end.
6. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is one of the top attractions in the city. Beautiful to see during the day, but have you heard about their dark of the moon tours? The lighthouse offers two tours when the sun sets, the Ghost Tour and the Investigation Only Tour. For the Ghost Tour, you will be shown around the lighthouse and told stories of the history and hauntings of the area. Maybe check out their Investigation Only Tour where you be allowed time to hunt for ghosts and use special equipment to detect spiritual activity.
7. Music Venue or Lounge
As one of the oldest cities in the US, St. Augustine has plenty to do for history lovers and adventure seekers. However, when the lights go down and everyone is looking to unwind, what are the perfect places to visit? Many in St. Augustine flock to a music venue or lounge. There are many options like jazz and piano bars, the Cellar Upstairs Wine and Jazz Bar and the Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar for example.
8. Corazon Cinema and Cafe
The Corazon Cinema and Cafe is a fun venue where you can enjoy some drinks, food, and entertainment all at one location. Check out the Corazon’s calendar for events, you may find a trivia night, throwback Thursday film playing, new films, comedy, high tea, and poetry. That is only to name a few! There is always something going on at the Corazon, which means you can keep coming back for the fun!
9. End Zone
Going out for a big party? Looking for ways to entertain many people in a group? The End Zone may be the perfect spot. At the End Zone, you can grab a great drink, delicious food, catch a game, or play a round of billiards. It is a great spot to catch up with friends or rest your feet after a long day of sightseeing.
10. Limelight Theatre, Inc.
In St. Augustine there are plenty of hot spots for film, music, and entertainment. However, the Limelight Theatre, Inc. is the best spot to catch a theatrical performance. With everything from professional performances to kid shows, it is a great spot to stop by after a fantastic meal in the city.
St. Augustine is a beautiful city, packed with history, adventure, and culture. There is plenty to do with the family or simply to spend a quiet evening with a loved one. Thrill seekers will surely find something to do here as well with the many ghost tours available, while culture fanatics can enjoy a unique restaurant and world-class theatrical performance. The choice is yours!
Updated: June 7, 2018