The year-round temperate weather in Northeast Florida provides ample opportunity for outdoor fun and adventure. Whether adventure means exploring miles of coastline astride a 1,500-pound animal or dangling 60 feet in the air above man-eating reptiles, St. Augustine offers plenty of activities for adrenalin junkies and explorers.
Old City Helicopter Tours, 4900 U.S. 1 N., offer a bird’s-eye view of St. Augustine’s iconic landmarks including Flagler College, the Castillo de San Marcos and the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Tours range from $39 to $310.
In addition to local landmarks, riders will see St. Augustine’s waterways and beaches from an entirely new perspective. Romantic sunset tours are perfect for anniversaries and honeymoons. For information, call 904-824-5506. Walk-ins are welcome during normal business hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Hour-long guided horseback rides along Vilano Beach, 36 Surfside Ave., are available through Country Carriages. A perfect way to experience ocean breezes and explore miles of coastline, riding excursions start at $50
per hour. For reservations, call 904-826-1982.
Stand Up paddle board
A hobby that begin to take off in 2005, stand up paddleboarding provides an opportunity to see St. Augustine’s waterways and get some exercise at the same time. Anastasia Water Sports, 850 Anastasia Park Road, offers a group stand up paddleboard lesson at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. After a short tutorial, the group embarks on a two-hour easy paddle through Salt Run. The cost is $40. For information, call 904-460-9111.
A self-guided aerial obstacle course, the Crocodile Crossing at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd., crosses seven acres of alligators, crocodiles, birds, lemurs and various other wildlife. The course includes rope bridges, tight ropes, swinging bridges and ziplines. Two packages are available for athletic adventurers: The Sepik River Course is 20 feet high, takes approximately 45 minutes and includes three ziplines. The cost is $35. The Nile River Course is 60 feet high, takes 90 minutes and includes nine ziplines. The cost is $65. For information, call 904-824-3337 or go to alligatorfarm.com.
With the captains of St. Augustine Eco Tours, visitors and locals can experience a 2-hour authentic sailing excursions in a 27-foot catamaran through the rivers of the estuary. Those interested are welcome to work the sails, if conditions allow. The cost for adults is $50, children ages 3–12 $35 and infants 2 years and younger $15. Private tours are also available for up to six guests. For information, call 904-377-7245.
Kayaking through creeks, wetlands and rivers in and around St Augustine provides an opportunity to experience the rustic backwoods of Old Florida and view native wildlife in its natural habitat. In addition to natural woodlands and salt marshes, kayakers can see alligators, dolphins, wading birds and birds of prey.