Whether a first-time visitor or a longtime local, everyone can discover something new and different to do or see in St. Johns County. There are many adventures to be had, so go zipline over crocs at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse or swim with dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. With such a diverse amount of attractions, there is something for everyone.
Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave.
With a guest book record dating back to 1868, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the oldest attraction in the state of Florida. With 15 waterfront acres of exhibits, guests can explore the Navigators’ Planetarium, learn about archaeological excavations and experience cannon firings. Go to foutainofyouthflorida.com or call 904-829-3168.
Oldest Drug Store, 31 Orange St.
For a contrast to today’s high-tech pharmacies, stop in at the Oldest Drug Store. It features antique cash registers, wood floors and bottles of remedies, elixirs and tonics of the past. For information, call 904-824-2269.
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, 14 St. George St.
Constructed over 200 years ago of red cedar and cypress, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse allows people to step back in time and explore artifacts and copies of the books the pupils used. Go to oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com or call 1-888-653-7245.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 19 San Marco Ave.
Housed in an 1880’s poured concrete castle, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! houses Robert Ripley’s unique and bizarre collections. The collections include real shrunken human heads, Jack Sparrow made of car parts and a horse made of car bumpers. Go to ripleys.com/staugustine or call 904-824-1606.
Potter’s Wax Museum, 31 Orange St.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, this unique attraction features over 160 wax figures of authors, artists, inventors, founding fathers and celebrities.
Visitors can learn about history face-to-face with those who lived it, and enjoy a 12-minute theater show. Go to potterswaxmuseum.com or call 904-829-9056.
Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez
Bayfront Mini Golf opened in 1949 and is Florida’s oldest miniature golf course. Enjoy the view of the marina and Bridge of Lions while putting to your heart’s content.
For information, go to ripleys.com/redtrains/bayfront-mini-golf or call 904-824-1606.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure, 9600 Oceanshore Blvd.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure focuses on building a connection between visitors and the dolphins that call Marineland home. Many activities are available for guests to enjoy. While at Marineland, touch, feed and swim with the dolphins. There are also children’s camps and trainer camps. Go to marineland.net or call 904-471-1111.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd.
What started out as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles in 1893 has become one of the state’s quintessential attractions. Zoogoers can experience all 23 recognized species of crodilian in the Land of Crocodiles and come face-to-face with 15-foot, 3-inch, 1,250-pound saltwater crocodile Maximo, the largest animal at the Alligator Farm. Other exhibits include Red Ruffed Lemurs, Birds of Africa and Albino Alligators. Visitors can also experience Crocodile Crossing, a zipline that runs over the entire park, to get a one-of-a-kind view above the zoo. Go to alligatorfarm.com or call 904-824-3337.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave.
For a breathtaking view of the nation’s oldest city, climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Visitors are invited to embark on a self-guided tour of the lighthouse, museum and shipyard playground. Paranormal, behind-the-scenes and archaeology tours are available. Go to staugustinelighthouse.com or call 904-829-0745.
World Golf Hall of Fame
Located in World Golf Village, World Golf Hall of Fame has much to offer the avid golfer. Learn the history of the game and its celebrated members. Enjoy putting on an 1800s-style green and try out the Challenge Hole. Visit the gift shop, see a film at the IMAX theater and have lunch in the Fairways Café. Go to worldgolfhalloffame.org or call 904-940-4133.
Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St.
Journey through centuries of St. Augustine, brought to life at the Colonial Quarter, a two-acre living history experience in the heart of downtown. A historical adventure tour immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. Visitors can climb to the top of a watchtower. Go to colonialquarter.com or call 904-342-2857.
Authentic Old Jail, 167 San Marco Ave.
Built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, the restored and renovated Old Jail looks very much the way it did when it housed prisoners over a century ago. Visitors can take a guided tour, learn about prisoners and see where the Sheriff and his wife and family lived. For information, go to historictours.com or call 904-829-3800.