Category: Florida

Disney Resorts/Disney World, Florida

A- Overview:
Disney is all about dreams. Even better, it is about dreams with happy endings! “When you wish upon a star”, as the song goes, there is the hope and expectation that marvelous things will happen. When Walt Disney designed the Magic Kingdom, it was with this in mind, and the result is far beyond what was anticipated. As soon as Disneyworld opened in the 1960s, families flocked to its gates. Their children and grandchildren have followed year by year in ever greater numbers.

What is the most exciting and memorable experience you can envision? Is it looking out your hotel window across the plains of Africa and watching a giraffe gracefully loping along? Or do you see in you mind’s eye the cloudless, blue Florida sky from which the sun will rise on your wedding day? Disney weddings are at the pinnacle of perfection. The couple arrives at the wedding chapel in a Rolls Royce, attended by a footman. Following the ceremony, a reception may be held in one of the gardens or in a tastefully appointed dining room with a musical ensemble (or a DJ) providing the entertainment. There is the option of choosing to have dessert in another country, as the wedding party adjourns to their chosen destination at Epcot.

Recently, a couple who work in a London hospital dined with their wedding guests at the Grand Floridian and then traveled to the British sector of Epcot for tea and cakes, followed by the all American fireworks display on the lake.

Whatever your hopes and dreams, chances are they can be realized while vacationing in this wonderland of possibilities.

B- City Information:
Population: 47,814 (Disney World and Kissimmee)

Elevation: 70 Feet Above Sea Level

Land Area: 16.7 Square Miles

Location: Disney World (Lake Buena Vista) is located 77 miles east of Tampa, 220 Miles northwest of Miami and 162 miles southwest of Jacksonville. Major interstates–I-95, I-75, and I-10–provide access into Florida from the north, with connections directly into the area via I-4, the Florida Turnpike, and US 192. I-75, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike provide quick access from south Florida.

Time Zone: Disney World (Lake Buena Vista) is located in the Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon at Disney World, it’s 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles). Disney World observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
59.8
61.1
65.4
70.0
75.6
80.3
81.8
82.0
80.4
74.5
67.7
61.7

High temperature (°F)
71.6
73.2
77.5
81.8
86.8
90.2
91.6
91.6
89.7
84.5
78.8
73.1

Low temperature (°F)
47.8
48.8
53.3
58.2
64.4
70.4
71.9
72.3
71.1
64.5
56.7
50.1

Precipitation (in)
2.4
2.7
3.3
2.0
3.8
6.1
6.6
7.3
6.0
3.1
2.4
2.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
6
7
7
6
8
14
17
16
14
9
6
6

Wind speed (mph)
9.0
9.6
9.9
9.4
8.8
8.0
7.3
7.2
7.6
8.6
8.6
8.5

Morning humidity (%)
88
88
89
88
88
90
91
93
92
90
90
89

Afternoon humidity (%)
57
53
50
47
49
58
59
60
61
57
56
58

Sunshine (%)
63
65
71
75
75
67
62
61
61
65
64
61

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
10
9
4
3
3
4
9
10
10

Partly cloudy days
10
9
10
11
14
14
17
17
15
11
10
9

Cloudy days
12
11
12
9
9
12
11
11
12
11
10
12

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Snow Days – None!!!!

Disney World enjoys a year round warm climate. The winter is popular with many tourists as the temperatures average in the low-mid 60’s F, the perfect time to enjoy this truly remarkable world known attraction as well as the numerous other sites and attractions which make up this number 1 tourist area in the world. In the spring, fall and winter, it is usually less crowded with the exception of spring break and when large convention groups are in town.Shorts are acceptable wear at all of the major attractions and most restaurants. It is also the perfect time to enjoy one of the numerous water theme parks in the area. Jump in and cool off, the waters fine!

How to Get There

By Air

Orlando International Airport

407/825-200

Airport Transportation

Orlando International is 25 miles east of Walt Disney World and 20 miles south of downtown. At rush hour (7-9am and 4-6pm), the drive can be a torturous hour or more; at other times, it’s about 30 to 40 minutes.

Driving to Disney World

To get from the airport to the attractions, take the North exit out of the airport to Highway 528 West. Follow signs to I-4; it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get to Disney World if the traffic isn’t too heavy (double or worse in rush hour or when there’s an accident). When you get to I-4, follow the signs west toward the attractions.

An Alternative: Orlando Sanford International Airport

407-585-4000

Is much smaller than the main airport, but it has grown a bit in recent years. The airport has most of the major car rental desks on site. Mears Transportation shuttles also serve it.

Kissimmee Gateway Airport

301 N. Dyer Blvd., Suite 101
Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-847-4600

Located near Orlando, just eight miles from Disney World and ten miles from the Orlando-Orange County Convention center, Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM)

By Car:

Driving to Disney is easy, too! Major interstates–I-95, I-75, and I-10–provide access into Florida from the north, with connections directly into the area via I-4, the Florida Turnpike, and US 192. I-75, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike provide quick access from south Florida.

By Bus:

Greyhound Bus Terminal
103 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741

407-847-3911

By Train:

Amtrak
111 Dakin St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741

407-425-9411or 800-872-7245

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Area Designations and Some Highlights Within Disney World

Main Street, USA

Walt Disney World Railroad

Town Square Exhibition Hall

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse

Jungle Cruise

Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

Tom Sawyer Island

Splash Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

The Hall of Presidents

Liberty Belle Riverboat

The Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

Cinderella Castle

Fairy Tale Garden

Mickey’s Philharmagic

Peter Pan’s Flight

It’s a Small World

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Ariel’s Grotto

Mickey’s Toontown Fair

The Barnstormer

Mickey’s Country House

Judge’s Tent

Toontown Hall of Fame

Minnie’sCountry House

Toon Park

Tomorrowland

The Extraterrestrial Alien Encounter

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Astro Orbiter

Space Mountain

Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Epcot

Future World

Spaceship Earth

Innoventions

The Living Seas

The Land

Ice Station Cool

Circle of Life

Imagination!

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience

Automobile Test Track

Mission: Space

Wonders of Life

Cranium Command

Body Wars

Universe of Energy

World Showcase

Pavilions, shops, restaurants, and attractions that capture the essence of countries around the world surround the vast World Showcase Lagoon.

Disney-MGM Studios

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

The Magic of Disney Animation

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Playhouse Disney

Backlot Tour

Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play It

American Film Institute Showcase

The Great Movie Ride

Sounds Dangerous starring Drew Carey

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Star Tours (based on Star Wars)

Jim Henson’s Muppets Vision 3-D

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Main Disney Destinations for the Family

Animal Kingdom Lodge

African Wildlife Preserve

Features story time beside the lobby fireplace and a continuous and fascinating view of the animals on the savannah.

Boardwalk

Epcot Area

Features the Keister Coaster, a 200 foot water slide, and traditional Boardwalk treats reminiscent of Turn of the Century (early 1900s) Atlantic City.

Contemporary

In the Magic Kingdom.

Features Chef Mickey’s fabulous meals; also fireworks at night, all in a high-tech, retrofuturistic setting.

Grand Floridian

A lavish, Victorian seaside resort in the Magic Kingdom area.

Features Honeymoon suites, afternoon tea, and many activities for children.

Polynesian

South Pacific theme in the Magic Kingdom area.

Features white sand beaches, tropical lagoons, and a pool with slide and waterfall…also a fabulous weekend Luau .

Swan and Dolphin

Maritime theme in the Epcot area.

Features swan-shaped paddle boats and a small, private beach.

Wilderness Lodge

Celebrates the grand lodges of America’s National Parks. (Magic Kingdom area)

Features totem poles, and erupting geyser, and hot springs whirlpools.

Yacht and Beach Club

Cape Cod ambience in the Epcot area.

Features Stormalong Bay: a sand-bottomed, three acre pool with water jets, a series of water slides, and a shipwreck!

Disney’s Old Key West

Key West theme in downtown Disney

Features Tiny Tot Tea Parties, Unbirthday Parties, and a homey, village atmosphere.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Historic Saratoga Springs atmosphere in Downtown Disney area.

Features beautiful gardens, restful pathways on which to wander, and a kids only water spray pool.

Caribbean Beach

Tropical Islands in the Epcot area.

Features the Fortress Pool and Parrot Cay Island, and a secluded, sandy beach.

Coronado Springs

Mexico and southwest US theme in the Animal Kingdom area.

Features The Dig Site with its Mayan Temple.

Port Orleans and Riverside French Quarter

Antebellum South and New Orleans French Quarter themes. Located in Downtown Disney.

Features a pool, fishing hole, and playground at Riverside’s Ol’ Man Island, and a sea serpent themed family pool at the French Quarter’s Doubloon Lagoon.

All Star Movies, Music, and Sports

A comic strip theme; located in the Animal Kingdom area.

Features All Stars Jazz and Broadway Music areas.

Pop Century

American pop culture theme.

Celebrates pop history. Features a stste-of-the-art arcade; a playground and interactive water fountain.

Fort Wilderness

Rustic woods theme.

Features pony rides, hayrides, a petting farm, and a blacksmith’s shop. Also a nightly campfire circle complete with roasted marshmallows.

E- Events & Entertainment:
January

Walt Disney World Marathon

Some 15,000 entrants run through several theme parks. Live bands, hot air balloons, and Disney characters cheer the runners on. There is also a 5K run for children.

Spring

Wide World of Sports Complex

Atlanta Braves Spring TrainingAtlanta Braves Spring Training
Be up close as the Braves battle it out with some of the best in in this on-site ballpark.

Mid-April –early June

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Have a field day as Epcot celebrates spring with a colorful array of fragrant flowers, elaborate gardens and Disney-themed topiaries.

May and June

Star Wars Weekends

Weekends in May and June
Disney salutes the “Star Wars saga with celebrities and characters from the movies.

September

Night of Joy Contemporary Christian Music concerts. 407-827-7200.

October

FUNAI Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort
Mid-late October
The Classic features golf’s greatest pros, challenging each other on Disney’s magnificent Palm and Magnolia courses.

October

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
October 1 – Mid-November
Sample delectable dishes and wonderful wines from around the world.

November

Festival of the Masters
Mid November
Inspire your artistic side at one of the most acclaimed and eclectic open air art festivals in the country. Voila! You’re in the picture.

ABC Super Soap Weekend
Mid November
Meet and greet popular stars from your favorite ABC daytime dramas.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights
End of November- January 2
Check at 407-934-7639 for updates on this popular event..

Holidays Around the World (Epcot)
Late November – Late December
Discover the joy of holiday celebrations, customs and characters from different countries and diverse cultures all around the world.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Late November and early December
Join the celebration and make your holiday the merriest with this festive party – the best gift that you can’t fit under your tree.

Festival of the Seasons
Thanksgiving weekend – December 24
Stroll down this holiday haven of shops, entertainment and good cheer. Enjoy the festive atmosphere as Downtown Disney celebrates the season.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Several nights during the first three weeks of December. Includes snow flurries and hot cocoa on Main Street. Includes Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade and a holiday edition of fireworks.

Mickey’s Jingle Jangle Parade
End of November – January 2
Celebrate the holiday season on the savannah with this spectacular parade.

December

Pleasure Island New Year’s Eve
December 31
Make a resolution to dance the night away at the most stupendous New Year’s Eve street party around.

New Year’s Eve at Cirque du Soleil
December 31
Celebrate the New Year with the captivating and spellbinding spectacle of La Nouba.

Atlantic Dance Hall New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2004
Move into the New Year dancing and dining to the latest sounds in an atmosphere of timeless elegance.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

A- Overview:
3—-2—–1—–Liftoff! We have liftoff! These familiar words and a roar that will take your breath away can be heard in this small east coast Florida town located near the Kennedy Space Center. What better way to see technology in action then to experience the liftoff of a space shuttle? Cocoa Beach offers this possibility and a whole lot more.

Located on Merritt Island, a barrier island nestled between the great Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon on Florida’s central east coast, Cocoa Beach continues to link the birth of the Space Age with the wonders of the future. Orlando is only an hour away and can further enhance a vacation in the Sunshine State.

The sandy shore is one of the main attractions of Cocoa Beach. The beach, along with the weather, brings many people to the area. Many arrive initially as visitors and eventually settle there.

Just six miles long and less than one mile wide along most of its length, Cocoa Beach is known as the surfing capital of the East coast with ocean beachfront running almost the entire length of its city limits.

Fishing, surfing, boating, sightseeing, shopping, excellent dining, golfing, nightlife, and cruises are just a few of the many things to do in the area. The Space Coast is the place to visit the Kennedy Space Center),to go deep sea fishing, surf, windsurf, rent a jet-ski, swim in the crystal clear waters, and take a river tour to have a look at the Florida gators, panthers, sea turtles and other awesome wildlife. Or you can drive the short distance to Orlando, and visit Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and other Central Florida attractions. Dinner will be waiting in Cocoa Beach at one of the many dining spots on the beach, ranging from elegant to casual. After dark, enjoy the nightlife activities from cool jazz clubs to beach side cafes.

The Space Complexes of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral are situated to the north, and Patrick Air Force Base is to the south. Cocoa Beach is just minutes from Florida’s fastest growing port : Port Canaveral, offering world class cruise terminals, affordable cruises to exotic Caribbean destinations, and day cruises aboard casino ships. Deep-sea fishing boats and day sails are also available. Merritt Island with its Wildlife Refuge is close by.

Where else is it possible to choose whether to watch a space launch from the beach or to observe a wide range of marine and bird species in their natural habitats? Or to opt for a swim in the ocean, a quiet kayak exploration off the Banana River islands, a round of golf at the 27-hole golf course, surf casting from the beach for dinner, or just a day at the beach watching dolphins at play and watching for a whale in migration.

Of course, the primary attraction to Cocoa Beach is the weather. With its coastal location and positioning between sub-tropical and temperate zones, the weather is amazingly stable year round. This location attracts wildlife indigenous to both climatic zones as well as coastal and migratory species. So, bring your binoculars!

The city enjoys an average temperature of 61 F in January and 81.6 F in July and August, making any time of year beach weather.

While strolling on the beach, many visit the historic Cocoa Beach Pier. Stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic, it features a wide array of restaurants and shopping.

Whether you are just thinking about visiting Cocoa Beach or you have been here before and are planning a return visit, this small beach community welcomes you with great fun and a wide variety of activities, any time of year. With Orlando, Titusville, and Melborne nearby, there are additional opportunities for exploring more of the Sunshine State.

Whether traveling to the Cocoa Beach area for a family beach vacation, Spring Break, leisure travel, a weekend getaway, or just a day trip, you’ll find everything you need to make your visit one to remember.

B- City Information:

Population: 12,482

Elevation: 12 feet above sea level

Area: 4.9 square miles

Location: The city is located approximately 60 miles east/southeast of Orlando and 19 miles north of Melbourne, Florida on the east coast of Florida

Time Zone: Cocoa Beach is in the Eastern Time Zone. (When’s its noon in Cocoa Beach, it is 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles. Cocoa Beach observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
60.8
61.9
66.4
70.5
75.9
80.1
81.6
81.6
80.2
75.3
69.0
63.1

High temperature (°F)
71.4
72.7
77.1
80.7
85.3
88.9
90.7
90.3
88.3
83.3
78.2
73.1

Low temperature (°F)
50.0
51.1
55.6
60.2
66.4
71.4
72.4
72.9
72.1
67.2
59.8
53.0

Precipitation (in)
2.5
2.6
3.2
2.3
3.9
5.9
5.9
6.2
7.1
4.6
3.2
2.4

Climate

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
7
7
7
6
8
14
16
15
14
10
7
6

Wind speed (mph)
8.9
9.5
9.9
9.4
8.9
7.9
7.2
7.1
7.6
8.6
8.6
8.4

Morning humidity (%)
88
88
88
87
87
88
89
91
90
88
88
87

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
54
52
49
51
59
59
61
61
58
56
58

Sunshine (%)
63
65
71
75
74
67
63
62
61
65
64
60

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
10
9
4
3
3
4
9
10
10

Partly cloudy days
10
9
10
11
14
14
17
17
15
11
10
9

Cloudy days
12
11
12
9
9
12
11
11
12
11
10
12

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Anytime is “in season” when the Space Shuttle or satellites are being launched from nearby Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral. The old saying “on a clear day you can see forever” is applicable on those very special days. Cocoa Beach enjoys mild temperatures year round. This city is a paradise for anyone enjoying the out of doors. The city’s average temperature is 61 F in January and 81.6 F in July and August. Any time of year is the perfect time to enjoy one of the beautiful beaches. The tourist“season”, beginning in mid-November and usually lasting through April is the busiest Summer is a great time for those with families as there are plenty of wonderful and exciting things for children of any age, both locally, and in nearby Orlando. No matter what the time of year, the visitor can expect warm, balmy breezes, glorious sun and hopefully a satellite launch as well.

How to Get There:

By Air:

The main airport serving Cocoa Beach is the Melbourne International Airport located in Melbourne, approximately 20 miles.

Melbourne International Airport

One Air Terminal Pkwy, Suite 220

Melbourne, Florida 32901

321-723-6227 ext. 222

Ground transportation, including rental cars, taxis and limousines are available at the terminal.

Orlando International Airport
One Airport Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32827-4399

407-825-2001 (Office Hours)
407- 825-2065 (After 11pm

Ground transportation, including rental cars, taxis and limousines are available upon arrival.

By Car:

Major routes into Cocoa Beach are I-95 from the north, i.e. Jacksonville and from the south, i.e. Miami, and Florida 328, commonly referred to as “The Bee Line Expressway” from the west, i.e. Orlando

By Train or Bus:

Cocoa Beach is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Lines

How to Get Around:

Getting Around Town using Public Transit

In 2001, the Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) introduced trolley service to Cocoa Beach. Many of the trolleys are actually buses designed to look like trolleys. The service runs Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Port Canaveral to South 13th Street in Cocoa Beach.

321-633-1878

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Cocoa Beach Pier

Located 1/2 mile north of SR 520,

Cocoa Beach

321-783-7549

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This is a historical landmark in Cocoa Beach, stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, and featuring a wide array of restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops. Fishing is allowed on the pier, and rentals are available.

Florida Solar Energy Center

Located next to Brevard Community College at 179 Clearlake Rd.,

Cocoa Beach

321-638-1000

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This 16-acre energy center was created to explore Florida’s most abundant energy source…the sun. Its library holds a collection of several thousand books and documents.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Located on A1A,

Cocoa Beach

321-799-8888

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Coined “One Of A Kind,” Ron Jons is the world’s largest surf shop, and has everything you need for fun in the sun. Not actually a theme park, just a “must see” attraction in Cocoa Beach.

Traxx at Jungle Village

A1A, at 8801 Astronaut Blvd.,

Cocoa Beach

321-783-0595

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This family fun center boasts go-kart raceways for children and adults, miniature golf, batting cages, huge arcade and more.

Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory

BCC Cocoa Campus, 1519 Clearlake Rd,

Cocoa Beach

321-634-3732

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Florida’s largest planetarium features star shows, a 3-story IWERKS movie theater and laser shows. The building also houses a fully accessible observatory, a hands-on demonstration hall and a museum honoring space explorers from around the world.

Alan Shepard Park

Located at the east end of State Road 520

Cocoa Beach

Open daily

Parking Fee Only

Shepard Park is a two-acre, oceanfront park providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities for guests. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches.

Sidney Fischer Park

Located in the 2100 block of State Road A1A

Cocoa Beach

321-868-3274

Open Daily

Parking Fee Only

A 10-acre, oceanfront park, Fischer is a family favorite. The park is ideal for a picnic and a swim in the Atlantic.

Lori Wilson Park

Located at 1500 North Atlantic Avenue

Cocoa Beach

321-455-1380

Open Daily

Parking Fee Only

This 32.5-acre, oceanfront park is operated by Brevard County and has seasonal lifeguards. Facilities include restrooms, three pavilions along a 1,000′ boardwalk, six dune crossovers, maritime hammock, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot.

Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park

State Road A1A and 16 Street South

Cocoa Beach

321-455-1380

Open Daily

Parking Fee Only

This two-acre, oceanfront park, operated by Brevard County, offers a boardwalk, parking, restrooms, picnic and shower facilities. The park is named after Robert P. Murkshe, who served as Cocoa Beach mayor from 1963 to 1972.

Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave.

Cocoa Beach

321-636-5050

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
This 500-seat facility offers performing arts series featuring community performers and professional entertainers. The “Stars of Tomorrow” drama troupe provides a children’s performing arts series each season with summer performances for young audiences. Built in 1924 and listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science

2201 Michigan Ave.

Cocoa Beach

321-632-1830

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Re-trace the Cocoa Beach and Brevard County area in this museum and wildlife sanctuary with the aid of historic artifacts from Native Americans as well as 15th century Spaniards.

Central Brevard Art Center

425 Brevard Ave.

Cocoa Beach

321-636-3673

Call for days and hours of operation

Fees for Certain Events

Art classes, demonstrations, workshops, gallery, library, shows and more offer opportunities to interact with people from all over the country.

Art in Public Places

321-690-6817

Free

Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours. Locations include the Brevard County Government Center, Cape Canaveral Hospital, United Way, and Melbourne International Airport.

Cocoa Beach Pier

Located 1/2 mile north of SR 520

Cocoa Beach

321-783-7549

Open Daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged for use

This is a historical landmark in Cocoa Beach, stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, and features a wide array of restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops. Fishing is allowed on the pier, and rentals are available.

Grant Historical House

5795 U.S. Highway 1

Near Cocoa Beach in Grant

321-723-8543

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free to View

Built in 1916, showing the community spirit of Florida’s pioneer days.

Library of the Florida Historical Society

435 Brevard Ave

Cocoa Beach

321-690-1971

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Houses 60,000 item collection of the Florida Historical Society, Florida’s oldest cultural organization, including books on Florida, papers of prominent Floridians, historical maps, photos of people and landscapes, artifacts and family histories.

Porcher House

424 Delannoy Ave.

Cocoa Beach

321-639-3500

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Built in 1916, a classic example of Greek revival architecture interpreted in coquina stone. This building is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave.

Cocoa Beach

321-636-5050

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free to View, Charge for Performance

This 500-seat facility offers performing arts series featuring community performers and professional entertainers. The “Stars of Tomorrow” drama troupe provides a children’s performing arts series each season with summer performances for young audiences. Built in 1924 and listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

Cocoa Expo

500 Friday Rd.

Cocoa Beach

321-639-3976

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This facility hosts championship soccer camps and national softball tournaments. More than 500 college, high school and international teams have played here, taking advantage of the 5,000 seat lighted stadium, batting tunnels, practice diamonds and clubhouse.

Area Attractions

Brevard Zoo

Located just east of I-95 (exit 73) on Wickham Rd.

Melbourne.

321-254-WILD

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Stroll through Latin America, Native Florida and Australia featuring over 400 animals including alligators, giant anteater, marmoset, jaguar, eagle, river otter, kangaroo, kookaburra and more. Also features a train ride and beautiful exotic birds in a free-flight aviary. Explore the “Paws-On” interactive learning area, an adventurous playground, and get up close and personal with a wide variety of friendly, domesticated animals.

F.I.T. Botanical Gardennique

150 W. University Blvd.

Melbourne

321-674-8000

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Located on the outskirts of the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne campus, this gardennique is a one-mile paved trail that winds its way through some 300 species of palms, fern and tropical foliage. Included in the gardennique is Brevard County’s oldest one-room schoolhouse, built in 1883. You can pick up a Botanical Garden Plant Guide and Nature Trail map at the adjacent Evans Library.

Henegar Center for the Arts

625 East New Haven Ave.

Melbourne

321-723-8698

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Proscenium style theatre featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The historical treasure of generations past is now a vibrant center for the arts. Art exhibits are presented in the lobby gallery.

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

3865 N. Wickham Rd.

Melbourne

321-242-2219

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

2,000-seat performing arts center offering the finest in entertainers, Broadway, dance, opera, classical, popular and children’s theatre. Art exhibits are featured monthly in the lobby gallery.

Phoenix Threater

817 E. Strawbridge

Melbourne

321-952-7192

Call for specific schedule

Admission Charged
This highly acclaimed, semi-professional theater presents dramas, adult comedies and an annual musical. Located at Surfside Playhouse, this facility offers exciting live community theatre including a mix of comedy, drama and musicals, providing the community with training for backstage, technical and make-up skills. The Surfside Playhouse is a 289-seat theater serving Brevard County since 1959.

Brevard Museum of Art & Science

1463 N. Highland Ave.

Melbourne

321-953-6444

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
This museum houses works by internationally known and regional artists and rotating exhibitions of the museum’s permanent collection. Decorative arts, photography and experimental art forms are also displayed. A multi-purpose facility, this museum offers a full spectrum of touring and individual exhibitions, as well as classes, workshops and programs.

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum

1601 Oak St.

Melbourne

321-727-1776

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This patriotic museum houses a replica of the Liberty Bell, patriotic memorabilia and historical documents that serve as reminders of our nation’s history. Also features a memorial to military veterans.

Florida Institute of Technology

150 W. University Ave.

Melbourne

321-674-8000

Admission Free

Call for days and hours of operation

On-campus gallery

Brevard Symphony Orchestra House

1500 Highland Ave.

Melbourne

321-242-2024

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free to View

A classic example of the Florida “cracker” frame vernacular style common in the Eau Gallie area in the late 1800s. Built in the late 1890s, the house now serves as the office of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Henegar Center for the Arts

625 E. New Haven Ave.

Melbourne

321-723-8698

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Proscenium style theatre featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The historical treasure of generations past is now a vibrant center for the arts. Art exhibits are presented in the lobby gallery.

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

3865 N. Wickham Rd.

Melbourne

321-242-2219

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free to View, Charge for Performances

2,000-seat performing arts center offering the finest in entertainers, Broadway, dance, opera, classical, popular and children’s theatre. Art exhibits are featured monthly in the lobby gallery.

Florida Marlins Spring Training Headquarters

5850 Stadium Pkwy.

Melbourne

321-633-9200

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

In February and March, baseball’s Florida Marlins of the National League train at Space Coast Stadium. During the spring and summer, the Marlins’ Florida State League franchise, the Brevard County Manatees, play at the stadium.

Titusville Attractions

Canaveral National Seashore/M.I. National Wildlife Refuge

On State Road 406 (Garden St. /Exit 80, I-95) in Titusville.

321-861-0667

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Here at Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, nature affirms her spirit and lives in harmony with over 1,045 species of plants and animals, including gators, bobcats, wild hogs, broomeliads and mangroves, plus 310 species of birds including snowy egrets, white ibises, great blue herons and red-tailed hawks. Fifteen wildlife species federally listed as endangered or threatened live here, including sea turtles, Gopher Tortoises, Ospreys, West Indian Manatees, southern Bald Eagles and Florida scrub jays. No buildings or seawalls distrub this 40-plus mile long wilderness and not to be missed is the 6-mile self-guided Black Point Wildlife Drive.

Jungle Adventures

E. Hwy. 50 in Christmas, just down the road from Titusville

407-568-2885

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Coined the “largest gator farm in Florida,” view thousands of gators in their natural environment. Here you can take a jungle cruise, see a wildlife show featuring endangered Florida Panthers, explore a re-created native American Indian village and feed all sorts of native wildlife including black bears, deer, peacocks gators, monkeys, turtles and more.

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Located on SR 405,

Titusville

321-452-2121

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The KSC Visitors Complex is your gateway to space…check out where NASA prepares and launches the space shuttle. Among other exciting things to do and see, you can climb aboard a full-size shuttle replica, tour the launch area and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, see IMAX movies, walk among authentic vintage spacecraft, visit a hands-on inter-galactic gallery, and view an art gallery. This is a must see for any visitor to the area.

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Located on SR405,

Titusville

321-269-6100

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Dedicated to the story of America’s first space heroes – the pioneers of Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – here you can also explore space on your own. The Astronaut Adventure lets you experience the total astronaut training from landing on the moon, launching a rocket and experiencing “zero” gravity. Located next to the Kennedy Space Center, it’s a “must see” attraction.

Cape Canaveral Attractions

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum

Located at the Cape Canaveral Air Station

321-853-3245

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

America’s space program began here and you’ll be able to see where America’s first astronauts made history. Get a close look at rockets and see the towers where launches are still taking off.

U.S. Space Camp Florida

Located adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center, SR 405

Titusville

321-267-3184

Reservations are a must and you should call well in advance.

Admission Charged

This 5-day space camp is designed for students in grades 4-7 and gives them a chance to explore the world and beyond. They’ll get strapped in to the simulator to train for an extravehicular activity (a space walk), experience what it takes to move around the moon in the Gravity Trainer, sample freeze-dried space food, build and launch their own rocket, and learn how hard it is to do even the simplest things in a space suit.

This is a great experience for children.

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Space Center Executive Airport, 6600 Tico Rd.

Titusville

321-268-1941

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This museum is dedicated to finding and preserving historic aircraft which are so much a part of our national aviation heritage. While here you can view vintage World War II and post-war military aircraft, see war memorabilia ranging from World War I to Desert Storm and hear old war stories retold by veteran tour guides.

Titusville Playhouse at Emma Parrish Theatre

301 Julia St.

Titusville

321-268-3711

Call for specific schedule

Admission Charged

A community theatre producing quality drama, comedy and musicals. Also home of “Emma’s Attic,” a small, alternative theatre experience. The Rising Stars Children’s

D- Family Fun Attractions:

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Located on A1A

Cocoa Beach

321-799-8888

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Coined “One Of A Kind,” Ron Jons is the world’s largest surf shop, and has everything you need for fun in the sun. Not actually a theme park, just a “must see” attraction in Cocoa Beach.

Traxx at Jungle Village

A1A, at 8801 Astronaut Blvd.

Cocoa Beach

321-783-0595

Admission Charged

Call for days and hours of operation

This family fun center boasts go-kart raceways for children and adults, miniature golf, batting cages, huge arcade and more.

Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory

BCC Cocoa Campus, 1519 Clearlake Rd.

Cocoa Beach

321-634-3732

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Florida’s largest planetarium features star shows, a 3-story IWERKS movie theater and laser shows. The building also houses a fully accessible observatory, a hands-on demonstration hall and a museum honoring space explorers from around the world.

Alan Shepard Park

Located at the east end of State Road 520

Cocoa Beach

Open daily

Parking Fee Only

Shepard Park is a two-acre, oceanfront park providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities for guests. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches.

Melbourne

Brevard Zoo

Located just east of I-95 (exit 73) on Wickham Rd.

Melbourne

321-254-WILD

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Stroll through Latin America, Native Florida and Australia featuring over 400 animals including alligators, giant anteater, marmoset, jaguar, eagle, river otter, kangaroo, kookaburra and more. Also features a train ride and beautiful exotic birds in a free-flight aviary. Explore the “Paws-On” interactive learning area, an adventurous playground, and get up close and personal with a wide variety of friendly, domesticated animals.

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum

1601 Oak St.

Melbourne

321-727-1776

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This patriotic museum houses a replica of the Liberty Bell, patriotic memorabilia and historical documents that serve as reminders of our nation’s history. Also features a memorial to military veterans.

Florida Marlins Spring Training Headquarters

5850 Stadium Pkwy.

Melbourne

321-633-9200

Call for schedule and hours

Admission Charged

In February and March, baseball’s Florida Marlins of the National League train at Space Coast Stadium. During the spring and summer, the Marlins’ Florida State League franchise, the Brevard County Manatees, play at the stadium.

Titusville

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Located on SR 405

Titusville

321-452-2121

Admission Charged

Call for days and hours of operation

The KSC Visitors Complex is your gateway to space…check out where NASA prepares and launches the space shuttle. Among other exciting things to do and see, you can climb aboard a full-size shuttle replica, tour the launch area and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, see IMAX movies, walk among authentic vintage spacecraft, visit a hands-on inter-galactic gallery, and view an art gallery. This is a must see for any visitor to the area.

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Located on SR405

Titusville

321-269-6100

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Dedicated to the story of America’s first space heroes – the pioneers of Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – here you can also explore space on your own. The Astronaut Adventure lets you experience the total astronaut training from landing on the moon, launching a rocket and experiencing “zero” gravity. Located next to the Kennedy Space Center, it’s a “must see” attraction.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Local Events

Spring – usually March

SeaFest

The premier event on the Space Coast and recognized as one of the “top twenty festivals in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society is known solely as “SeaFest”. This annual event attracts over 50,000 people from throughout the country. Held at Port Canaveral each March, guests are treated to delicious seafood, midway rides and games, unique exhibits and attractions, plus nonstop entertainment featuring national and local acts.

Admission Charged

Chowder Cook-Off

As the kick-off to SeaFest, Chowder Cookoff brings together the finest chefs in the area, each competing for the title of “Best Chowder in Brevard”. Thousands of people attend this event to sample the chowders, as well as other delicious samplings. Entertainment is provided.

Wildlife Events Calendar

At the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

This calendar is to provide visitors with a general guide to seasonal wildlife events. Weather may cause variations of one or two weeks.

January

Waterfowl concentrations peak with blue-winged teal, widgeon, shoveler and scaup being the most common. Bald eagles are incubating their eggs. Large numbers of songbirds, including tree swallows and yellow-rumped warblers, may be seen moving through the refuge.

February

Various raptors such as red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, ospreys, merlins and American kestrels can be seen hunting for food. Another raptor, the American bald eagle, is actively feeding its young. Warmer days through the winter months offer a good opportunity to see alligators basking in the sun.

March

Most waterfowl have returned to their northern breeding grounds except for northern shoveler and blue-winged teal, which are in full breeding plumage. Northbound migration is in full swing for warblers. Wood storks begin nesting. Egrets and herons are in breeding plumage. Bald eagle young are taking their first flights from the nest. Ospreys begin nesting.

April

Manatee peak population occurs in the waters of the refuge and Indian River Lagoon. Northbound migration of willets, sandpipers, plovers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, dunlins and many other shorebirds can be observed. Black-necked stilts return for their summer visits.

May

Loggerhead sea turtles begin nesting. Anhingas, little blue herons, cattle egrets, great egrets, snowy egrets, tri-colored herons and other residential colonial nesting birds are busy in the rookeries. Eagles usually leave for the summer.

June

Alligators become more secretive as temperatures increase and breeding activity begins. Rainy season weather patterns begin – thunderstorms are quite frequent with hot, muggy afternoons. This weather pattern continues through September. Rainy weather and insects make preparation for visiting during the summer months a must.

July

Many resident bird species are abundant. They include common moorhens, boat-tailed grackles, red-winged blackbirds, fish crows, scrub jays, pileated woodpeckers, mottled ducks, barred owls and double-crested commorants. Sea turtle nesting reaches peak.

August

Young residential birds are dispersing throughout the refuge after leaving their nests. Many of the early arriving shorebirds begin to appear. These include common terns, caspian terns, royal terns, ruddy turnstones and sanderlings.

September

The early migration of blue-winged teal may be observed. Black skimmers become abundant. Bald eagles return to the refuge for the winter months.

October

With the return of cooler temperatures, the first major influx of migratory birds occurs. Included are many puddle ducks such as northern shovelers, American wigeons and pintails. The first wave of birds includes shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.

November

The cool, sunny days of early winter provide great opportunities for walking refuge trails. Peregrine falcons can be seen migrating along the coast line. White pelicans begin to arrive after their long migration.

December

Local Audubon affiliates conduct the annual Christmas bird count. Many rails spend the winter months on the refuge. These include king rails, clapper rails, Virginia rails and soras. Winter concentrations of shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and raptors are nearing their peak

Entertainment

Theatres

Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL

321-636-5050

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
This 500-seat facility offers performing arts series featuring community performers and professional entertainers. The “Stars of Tomorrow” drama troupe provides a children’s performing arts series each season with summer performances for young audiences. Built in 1924 and listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

Henegar Center for the Arts

625 E. New Haven Ave.

Melbourne, FL

321-723-8698

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Proscenium style theatre featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The historical treasure of generations past is now a vibrant center for the arts. Art exhibits are presented in the lobby gallery.

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

3865 N. Wickham Rd.

Melbourne, FL

321-242-2219

Admission Charged

2,000-seat performing arts center offering the finest in entertainers, Broadway, dance, opera, classical, popular and children’s theatre. Art exhibits are featured monthly in the lobby gallery.

Phoenix Threater

817 E. Strawbridge

Melbourne, FL

321-952-7192

Call for specific schedule
Admission Charged
This highly acclaimed, semi-professional theater presents dramas, adult comedies and an annual musical. Located at Surfside Playhouse, this facility offers exciting live community theatre including a mix of comedy, drama and musicals, providing the community with training for backstage, technical and make-up skills. The Surfside Playhouse is a 289-seat theater serving Brevard County since 1959.

Titusville Playhouse at Emma Parrish Theatre

301 Julia St.

Titusville, FL

321-268-3711

Admission Charged

A community theatre producing quality drama, comedy and musicals. Also home of “Emma’s Attic,” a small, alternative theatre experience. The Rising Stars Children’s Theatre stages productions throughout the year.

Call for specific schedule

Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa

321-636-5050

Admission Free to View, Charge for Performance

This 500-seat facility offers performing arts series featuring community performers and professional entertainers. The “Stars of Tomorrow” drama troupe provides a children’s performing arts series each season with summer performances for young audiences. Built in 1924 and listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

Call for days and hours of operation

Henegar Center for the Arts

625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne

321-723-8698

Admission Charged

Proscenium style theatre featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The historical treasure of generations past is now a vibrant center for the arts. Art exhibits are presented in the lobby gallery.

Call for days and hours of operation

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne

321-242-2219

Admission Free to View, Charge for Performances

2,000-seat performing arts center offering the finest in entertainers, Broadway, dance, opera, classical, popular and children’s theatre. Art exhibits are featured monthly in the lobby gallery.

Call for days and hours of operation

Sports

Florida Marlins Spring Training Headquarters

5850 Stadium Pkwy.

Melbourne, FL

321-633-9200

Admission Charged

In February and March, baseball’s Florida Marlins of the National League train at Space Coast Stadium. During the spring and summer, the Marlins’ Florida State League franchise, the Brevard County Manatees, play at the stadium.

Call for schedule and hours

The Savannahs at Sykes Creek

3915 Savannah Trail

Merritt Island

321-455-1375

Admission Charged

Public; 72-par; 18 holes; 6,636 yards

Call for tee times

Turtle Creek Golf Club

1278 Admiralty Blvd.

Rockledge

321-632-2520

Admission Charged
Public; 72-par; 18holes; 6,686 yards

Call for tee times

St. Augustine, Florida

A- Overview:
With its old-world charm, unique attractions and delightful dining and shopping options, it’s easy to see why “The Nation’s Oldest City” is one of Florida’s top vacation destinations. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is America’s oldest permanently settled European city. Whether visitors want to explore old lifestyles and long-ago wars, marvel at unique oddities, or see reenactments of days gone by, this historical city will provide an entire vacation’s worth of activities. Many tours of the city are available by horse-drawn carriage, train or trolley. Area events are known for their pageantry and individual charm.

Visitors to this historic American city feel like they have stepped back in time as they stroll down St. George Street in St. Augustine’s historical district. Hundreds of shops, landmarks and specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wooden crafts, or resort and beach wear, and await the vacationer. With more than 35 antique shops and 20 art galleries, a bounty of treasures – from original creations by local artisans to valuable heirlooms – await discovery throughout 144 blocks of historic homes and sites.

Popular golf and tennis facilities are nearby, as well as boating and fishing. World Golf Village features two world-class resorts, two championship golf courses, unique shopping and dining and is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. A few minutes away across the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine Beach, with its smooth, sandy shores, is a popular seaside destination. Nearby Ponte Vedra Beach is home to some of the most outstanding resorts in the country, with first-class golf and tennis facilities.

Families will find much to see and do in the nation’s oldest city. From popular attractions, such as 3D World and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, to water-based activities, including jet skiing, sailing and fishing, kids of all ages will delight in St. Augustine.

This coastal city also affords its visitors virtually perfect weather, year round. Winter tends to be the busiest time of year; however, due to it’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and historic significance, virtually anytime of year can be wonderful for visitors. In the winter, with the daytime temperatures reaching the high 60’s F to the low 70’s F, it’s a perfect time to explore the many historic sites throughout the city. Spring brings warmer temperatures and additional sunshine making it a good time for a nice meal followed by a walk through any of the areas dotted with historical buildings. Summer can be warm with the temperature often exceeding 90 F, but with a warm breeze coming off the Atlantic, it is quite comfortable. Fall is ideal for taking advantage of the numerous events taking place, or just relaxing with a good book. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for a visit, historic St. Augustine is waiting with a warm breeze.

B- City Information:
Population: 11,592

Elevation: 5 feet above sea level

Land Area: 8.4 square miles

Location: Located in the northeastern section of Florida, near the Georgia border

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in St. Augustine, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). St. Augustine observes daylight savings time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
55.5
57.3
62.4
67.8
74.0
78.8
80.8
80.1
78.2
71.9
64.7
58.0

High temperature (°F)
65.5
67.5
72.0
77.5
82.6
86.8
89.0
87.6
85.0
79.5
73.4
67.2

Low temperature (°F)
45.6
47.1
52.9
58.0
65.3
70.8
72.5
72.6
71.4
64.3
56.1
48.7

Precipitation (in)
3.2
2.9
3.9
2.6
3.1
5.3
4.5
5.9
6.5
4.5
2.3
2.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
8
7
8
6
8
14
14
15
13
9
7
7

Wind speed (mph)
7.8
8.4
8.8
8.3
7.8
7.2
6.6
6.3
7.0
7.5
7.3
7.2

Morning humidity (%)
89
88
88
88
88
88
89
91
93
91
91
89

Afternoon humidity (%)
59
55
52
50
52
58
60
62
64
61
59
60

Sunshine (%)
58
62
68
73
70
66
65
64
58
60
60
54

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
10
9
5
5
5
5
10
10
9

Partly cloudy days
8
7
9
10
12
13
14
15
12
9
9
8

Cloudy days
14
12
13
9
10
12
12
11
13
12
11
14

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Winter tends to be the busiest time of year in this historic Florida coastal city. However, due to it’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and historic significance, virtually anytime of year can be wonderful for visitors. In the winter, with the daytime temperatures reaching the high 60’s F to the low 70’s F, it’s a perfect time to explore the many historic sites throughout the city. Spring brings warmer temperatures and additional sunshine making it a good time for a nice meal followed by a walk through any of the areas dotted with historical buildings. Summer can be warm with the temperature often exceeding 90 F, but with a warm breeze coming off the Atlantic, it is quite comfortable. Fall is ideal for taking advantage of the numerous events taking place, or just relaxing with a good book. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for a visit, historic St. Augustine is waiting with a warm breeze.

How to Get There:

By Air

The closest airport to St. Augustine is Jacksonville International Airport

2400 Yankee Clipper Dr,

Jacksonville FL 32218

904-630-3080

The airport is located approximately 40 miles south of St. Augustine and is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain international, local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus service are available at the airport.

By Car

The major route into St. Augustine from the north and south is Interstate 95. Scenic Highway, U.S. 1 is also convenient.

By Train

Amtrak

The closest Amtrak station is located in Jacksonville, approximately 40 miles from St. Augustine. Rental car service is available near the depot.

3570 Clifford Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32209

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

1711 Dobbs Road

St Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-6401

How to Get Around:

When visiting the downtown area, the easiest way to get around is to walk. For all other areas, a car is by far the best means of transportation. There is also a sightseeing train available at a cost for visiting the main landmarks. There is no public transportation.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Colonial Spanish Quarter

53 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32085
904-825-6830

Hours: Open Year-Round, daily 9am – 5:30pm

Admission Charged

This living history museum brings to life the world of the early Spanish colonists in a military town. Visit with the soldiers and their families and learn about their daily lives. You may also meet various craftspeople, such as a candle maker, leatherworker, herbalist, blacksmith or carpenter.

Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

4 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-461-1009

Hours: Open Year-Round; Tours: Sun. – Thurs. 8pm, Fri. – Sat. 8pm and 9:30pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: 8pm and 9:30pm

Admission Charged

St. Augustine’s original ghost tour company, offering 4 great tours. “A Ghostly Experience” evening walking tour that started it all; “Haunted Lighthouse” eerie walk at the lighthouse; “Ghosts of the Matanzas” entertaining cruise aboard the 72′ Schooner Freedom – “there be pirates here”; and “Shadows of the Past,” a ride aboard the Grey Ghost Train and entry to the Haunted Castle and Old Schoolhouse.

Harbor Shuttle of St. Augustine

Oyster Creek Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-501-4249
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic harbor cruises and water transportation service features evening pirate treasure hunt cruises and eco-tours.

Lightner Museum

75 King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-2874
Hours: Open Year-Round except Christmas day; daily, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Exhibits of diverse 19th century decorative arts and fine arts are found in the Lightner Museum. Featured are collections of glass, porcelain, toys, natural history, Victorian collectibles and mechanical musical instruments. The museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, an 1888 National Register Building.

Museum of Weapons & Early American History

81-C King St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3727

Admission Charged

The Museum of Weapons & Early American History exhibits swords, rifles, muskets, pistols, and unusual firearms. See shipwreck artifacts, Native American artifacts and various curiosities of the 16th through 19th centuries. View President Tylers piano and one of Florida’s finest Civil War exhibit. Everything is authentic! The Museum is a harmonious blend of historically significant items and a moving reminder of the past.

Old Florida Museum

254 D San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-8874
Hours: Open year round, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Old Florida Museum – St. Augustine’s “hands-on” museum. What better way to compare one period of history to another than through the daily living activities, everyday objects, and recreational pastimes of its people? Games, food, weapons and tools convey the story of how life changed – and how it remained the same from Indian to Pioneer times in old Florida. Old Florida Museum also specializes in Educational programs. Visit the Old Florida General Store specializing in old fashioned gifts and toys.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine

167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-3800

Hours: Open year round, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The tour covers over 100 sights of interest and has 20 stops where you can hop on or off to sightsee, shop or dine. The tour includes a three-day pass onboard the trolley, free tickets to the Florida Heritage Museum, and a free pass on the St. Augustine Beach Bus for all of your transportation needs. “See the best first” onboard a green and orange trolley. Board at the Old Jail complex located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Free parking available.

Oldest House Museum Complex

14 St. Francis St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-2872

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Oldest House Museum Complex features the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, Florida’s oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling. The complex also includes the Manucy Museum, the only exhibit in St. Augustine covering 400 years of the city’s history; the Museum of Florida’s Military, an exhibition gallery with rotating exhibits, an ornamental garden, picnic tables, and the Museum Store, which carries unique items and an outstanding selection of books relating to the history of the area.

The Oldest Wooden School House in the USA

14 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-0192

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Let your first lesson in history begin at The Oldest Wooden School House. The Professor invites you into his classroom to teach you what school life was like over 200 years ago. Compare your school days with those of the old days. The wooden building is one of St. Augustine’s oldest surviving structures. Originally built as a home in the 1700’s, antique furnishings from that period are displayed in the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Enjoy the beautiful garden. Free Diploma upon Graduation.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

11 Magnolia Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3168
Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Nation’s first chapter in history begins at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Observe foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Discover navigational techniques used by early explorers in their Planetarium. View the first 100 years of Spanish Exploration during the Discovery Globe presentation. Witness Indian Life in their Timucuan 1580 Exhibit. Enjoy a drink from the fabled Fountain of Youth Spring as you stroll about the beautiful gardens.

Potter’s Wax Museum

17 King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-9056
Hours: Open Year-Round; Sun. – Thurs. 9am – 5pm, Fri. – Sat. 9am – 9pm

Admission Charged

George L. Potter’s famous collection of lifelike wax figures awaits you. Fun and educational, you’ll interact with over 160 “cool” wax stars. New additions all the time. See the comical theater show and working artist’s studio.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

19 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1606

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 8pm

Admission Charged
The original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum features over 800 exhibits of unique and unusual oddities and curiosities, many from Robert Ripley’s private collection. Ripley’s St. Augustine is in the “Castle Warden,” an 1887 historic Moorish Revival-style mansion located at the edge of St. Augustine’s historic district. Explore our interactive galleries and cultural artifacts then stop in the new Cargo Hold Gift Shop featuring exciting merchandise from around the world.

Scenic & Historic A1A Scenic Highway

St. Augustine, FL 32085
904-823-2519

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Approx. 52 mi. along A1A from the Duval County/St. Johns County line to the St. Johns/Flagler County line.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

999 Anastasia Blvd. (S. A1A Hwy.)
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-824-3337

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

One of Florida’s oldest and finest attractions featuring the rare white alligator. See all 23 species of crocodilians from around the world, and an array of exotic birds and animals. The natural bird rookery is considered one of the best viewing spots for wading and nesting birds in the country.

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

81 Lighthouse Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-829-0745

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 6pm

Admission Charged

Discover St. Augustine’s rich maritime history at the site of Florida’s first lighthouse. Climb the 165-foot tall tower for a breathtaking view of historic downtown and the beaches. Enjoy living history activities, shipwreck artifacts and interactive exhibits in the beautifully restored Victorian keepers’ house museum. New in 2004 – “From Beans to Bullets” features artifacts from the 1874 shipwreck of the British supply sloop “Industry.”

St. Augustine Scenic Cruise

St. Augustine Municipal Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1806

Hours: Open year round, except Christmas Day; Cruises: 11am, 1pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:30pm. Extended summer hours.

Admission Charged

Relax and enjoy a one hour and fifteen minute cruise aboard the Victory III. Departs daily from the Municipal Marina, in downtown St. Augustine. Enjoy a unique view of St. Augustine available only from the water. Narrated tours provide an incomparable way to enjoy St. Augustine’s historic landmarks and natural sites of interest.

St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains

170 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-6545

Hours: Open year round except Christmas Day, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

A narrated tour with stops at all major attractions, historical sites, restaurants and shopping. Choose from seven optional tour plans. Regular tour ticket includes conducted seven-mile train tour of Old City with unlimited on and off privileges at over 20 stops for three consecutive days. Minimum time, one hour. Package tours with discounted attraction tickets included. Call for complimentary shuttle to and from your hotel. Plenty of free parking.

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

41 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-8205

Hours: Open daily except Christmas Day and Eastern Sunday; 9am – 5pm

Admission Free

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is a living memorial to the first Greek settlers on the American continent and to all the Greek Orthodox pioneers whose love of freedom and desire for a better life for themselves and their children brought them to this new world.

Whetstone Chocolates Factory Tour

2 Coke Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32086

904-825-1700
Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for exact hours

Admission Free and Free Sample

Tours are free, everyone receives a free sample. Self-guided tour includes a 15-minute DVD and a walk through the factory where you’ll see chocolates being made. Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more, call 904-825-1700 x 24. Allow one hour for tour and shopping in outlet store.

World Gold Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater

One World Golf Pl.
St. Augustine, FL 32092
904-940-4123

Open Year-Round except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Hours: Hall of Fame: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm; Sun. noon – 6pm. Call for IMAX show times: 904-940-IMAX

Admission Charged

Celebrating the game, its history and its players, the World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest contributors and players in the game. The Hall features historical and interactive exhibits that enable visitors to experience some of golf’s most exciting moments. Several special exhibits open each year. The adjacent IMAX Theater is a larger-than-life adventure where the visitor becomes part of the experience.

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

20 Aviles St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3575

Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

X-perience one of St. Augustine’s most authentic historic sites, a 19th Century haven for sea captains and soldiers, writers and rebels, tourists and travelers. Fragrant orange trees introduce visitors to this remarkably preserved inn. Learn about Seminoles and statehood, food and fashion, bathing and bed bugs. Displays include a rare ca. 1650 Caravaca Cross. A National Historic Landmark, south of the Plaza.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

4 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-461-1009

Hours: Open Year-Round; Tours: Sun. – Thurs. 8pm, Fri. – Sat. 8pm and 9:30pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: 8pm and 9:30pm

Admission Charged

St. Augustine’s original ghost tour company offers 4 great tours. “A Ghostly Experience” evening walking tour that started it all; “Haunted Lighthouse” eerie walk at the lighthouse; “Ghosts of the Matanzas” entertaining cruise aboard the 72′ Schooner Freedom – “there be pirates here”; and “Shadows of the Past,” a ride aboard the Grey Ghost Train and entry to the Haunted Castle and Old Schoolhouse.

Harbor Shuttle of St. Augustine

Oyster Creek Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-501-4249
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic harbor cruises and water transportation service featuring evening pirate treasure hunt cruises and eco-tours.

Museum of Weapons & Early American History

81-C King St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3727

Admission Charged

The Museum of Weapons & Early American History exhibits swords, rifles, muskets, pistols, and unusual firearms. See shipwreck artifacts, Native American artifacts and various curiosities of the 16th through 19th centuries. View President Tylers piano and one of Florida’s finest Civil War exhibit. Everything is authentic! The museum is a harmonious blend of historically significant items and a moving reminder of the past.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine

167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-3800

Hours: Open year round, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The tour covers over 100 sights of interest and has 20 stops where you can hop on or off to sightsee, shop or dine. The tour includes a three-day pass onboard the trolley, free tickets to the Florida Heritage Museum, and a free pass on the St. Augustine Beach Bus for all of your transportation needs. “See the best first” onboard a green and orange trolley. Board at the Old Jail complex located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Free parking available.

The Oldest Wooden School House in the USA

14 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-0192

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Let your first lesson in history begin at The Oldest Wooden School House. The Professor invites you into his classroom to teach you what school life was like over 200 years ago. Compare your school days with those of the old days. The wooden building is one of St. Augustine’s oldest surviving structures. Originally built as a home in the 1700’s, antique furnishings from that period are displayed in the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Enjoy the beautiful garden. Free Diploma upon Graduation.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

11 Magnolia Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3168
Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Nation’s first chapter in history begins at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Observe foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Discover navigational techniques used by early explorers in their Planetarium. View the first 100 years of Spanish Exploration during the Discovery Globe presentation. Witness Indian Life in the Timucuan 1580 Exhibit. Enjoy a drink from the fabled Fountain of Youth Spring as you stroll about the beautiful gardens.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

19 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1606

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 8pm

Admission Charged
The original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum features over 800 exhibits of unique and unusual oddities and curiosities, many from Robert Ripley’s private collection. Ripley’s St. Augustine is in the “Castle Warden,” an 1887 historic Moorish Revival-style mansion located at the edge of St. Augustine’s historic district. Explore the interactive galleries and cultural artifacts then stop in the new Cargo Hold Gift Shop featuring exciting merchandise from around the world.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

999 Anastasia Blvd. (S. A1A Hwy.)
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-824-3337

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

One of Florida’s oldest and finest attractions featuring the rare white alligator. See all 23 species of crocodilians from around the world, and an array of exotic birds and animals. The natural bird rookery is considered one of the best viewing spots for wading and nesting birds in the country.

St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains

170 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-6545

Hours: Open year round except Christmas Day, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

A narrated tour with stops at all major attractions, historical sites, restaurants and shopping. Tours operate between 8:30 am – 5 pm. Choose from seven optional tour plans. Regular tour ticket includes conducted seven-mile train tour of Old City with unlimited on and off privileges at over 20 stops for three consecutive days. Minimum time, one hour. Package tours with discounted attraction tickets included. Call for complimentary shuttle to and from your hotel. Plenty of free parking.

Whetstone Chocolates Factory Tour

2 Coke Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32086

904-825-1700
Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for exact hours

Admission Free and Free Sample

Tours are free, everyone receives a free sample. Self-guided tour includes a 15-minute DVD and a walk through the factory where you’ll see chocolates being made. Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more, call 904-825-1700 x 24. Allow one hour for tour and shopping in outlet store.

World Gold Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater

One World Golf Pl.
St. Augustine, FL 32092
904-940-4123

Open Year-Round except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Hours: Hall of Fame: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm; Sun. noon – 6pm. Call for IMAX show times: 904-940-IMAX

Admission Charged

Celebrating the game, its history and its players, the World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest contributors and players in the game. The Hall features historical and interactive exhibits that enable visitors to experience some of golf’s most exciting moments. Several special exhibits open each year. The adjacent IMAX Theater is a larger-than-life adventure where the visitor becomes part of the experience.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Annual Matanzas 5K & Fun Run

Held in late January

Location: Swing Park and Bayfront

904-797-7575

Take the lead, just keep pace or cheer from the sidelines one of St. Augustine’s most popular races. This 5K run begins from Swing Park and continues downtown along the bay front. Race begins at 9:00 a.m. and is followed by an awards ceremony.

Lighthouse Challenge

Held in late January – early February

Location: Lighthouse & Museum, Anastasia Island

904-829-0745

Test your endurance and ability with an obstacle course for visitors of all ages at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. In conjunction with Super Sunday, find out if football fans of today are as rough and ready as the lighthouse keepers of bygone days. Join a host of celebrities, football personalities and fans in tying a sailor’s knot to retrieve a key, climbing the tower to unlock instructions for the next task, finding clues hidden among the museum’s exhibits, toting oil to a waiting ship, and performing a variety of football-related tasks.

Colonial Town

Held in late January – early February

Location: Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

904-825-6830

Step back in time and see what life was like in the 1700’s with soldiers, tradesmen, artisans, and their families going through typical daily activities. Includes extended activities in the Colonial Spanish Quarter and costumed “townsfolk” at large in the city ready to answer questions.

Annual Saint Photios National Shrine Pilgrimage

Held in late January

Location: St. Photios Shrine

904-829-8205

Join the annual pilgrimage celebrating the feast of the patron of the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. Religious services will be conducted on Saturday evening and Sunday morning at the Saint Photios Chapel on St. George Street, followed by the National Shrine Day Luncheon at the Casa Monica Hotel.

St. Augustine Bed Race

Held in late January

Location: Cathedral Place

904-829-0745

Laugh at the representatives of St. Augustine Historic Inns indulging in hilarity pushing, pulling and rolling their beds on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. along Cathedral Place in historic downtown turned into a riotous race course.

February

Changing of the Guard

Held in early February

Location: Government House

904-825-1004

Relive an evening in 1740 in this reenactment of the Spanish garrison securing the town for the night. Ceremony includes a march along St. George Street and a military drill, with commands in Spanish, ending with a musket volley. Afterwards, the soldiers will interact with the public, answering questions and posing for photos.

Annual San Sebastian Winefest

Held in late February

Location: San Sebastian Winery

904-826-1594

Celebrate the new wine releases at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered. Local artists will display and sell their original work. Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar throughout the entire weekend on the open-air deck. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

March

Native American Indian Festival

Held in early March

Location: Francis Field

888-277-0188

Sample buffalo stew, roasted corn and other Indian food at this annual outdoor event that features the food, music, art and craftsmanship of Native Americans.

Menorcan Heritage Celebration

Held in early March

Location: Oldest House Complex

904-824-2872

Celebrate Menorcan culture with mullet net making, weavers, children’s games, Menorcan family photos, story telling, real Menorcan clam chowder, rice pilaf, fromajardes cakes and more.

The Sack of St. Augustine: Captain Robert Searle’s Raid of 1668

Held in early March

Location: Fountain of Youth Park

904-829-9792

Relive a calamitous day in history as the Historic Florida Militia reenacts the Sack of St. Augustine in 1668. From their encampment at Fountain of Youth Park, where visitors can see, examine and photograph 17th century arms, equipment and even food, the buccaneers travel by boat and land on the bay side of the Downtown Plaza. Spanish troops and frightened citizens flee up St. George Street to the Santo Domingo Redoubt at Cordova and Orange Streets, where a battle commences. Unable to capture the Redoubt, the buccaneers.

Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-829-1753

Sample seafood prepared by culinary lions. The festival also includes an RV show, hot air balloon rides, Bluegrass music, and an arts & crafts show. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities.

Annual Lighthouse Festival & Michelob Ultra 5K

Held in mid March

Location: St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

904-829-0745

The historic Light Station will offer something for everyone, including living history activities, live entertainment, pony rides, children’s games and crafts, a variety of refreshments, and even a baked goods contest. The Annual Michelob Ultra Twilight 5K Run begins at 4:30 p.m. on the road in front of the Keeper’s House. Advance registration is required to take part in the 5K Run.

Rhythm and Ribs Festival

Held in mid March

Location: St. Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-797-7924

Stomp your feet and smack your lips at this annual festival featuring championship BBQ dishes from around the country. A variety of outstanding entertainment throughout the weekend at St. Francis Field on Castillo Drive. Shuttles from Downtown and San Sebastian Winery.

Blessing of the Fleet

Held in mid March

Location: City Marina

904-825-1004

Witness a ceremony that dates back hundreds of years as those that take to the sea, in commercial and pleasure craft alike, receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The event draws thousands each Palm Sunday to watch as watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft, all decorated with flags and bunting, receive this special blessing. Ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica to the City Marina.

St. Augustine Easter Parade

Held on Easter Sunday

Location: Downtown

904-824-7722

Join the parade of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, Royal Family and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally recognized women. Begins at 3:00 p.m. and winds through downtown St. Augustine. Trophies presented in four categories.

April

Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

Held in early April

Location: Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-824-2310

Admission Free

Look for something new to please your taste when more than 130 artists display their creations at the Special Events Field on Castillo Drive during this two-day festival. Opens at 10:00 a.m. with a free shuttle running between the Downtown Plaza and the event field until 5:00 p.m. each day. Food and beverages available.

Epic Celebration of Spring

Held in mid April

Location: Varies

904-829-2273

Call for additional information regarding individual events

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Nation’s oldest city. An EPIC Celebration of Spring consists of four different activities focusing on food and gardening.

Annual Cabbage and Potato Festival

Held in late April

Location: Hastings Recreational Field

904-692-1420

Dig into the good and abundant food as Florida’s cabbage and potato capital celebrates its spring bounty with games and rides, arts and crafts, exhibitors, and entertainment.

May

Regalos Festival

Held in early May

Location: Varies throughout St. Augustine

904-449-1694

Liven up the weekend with a fiesta of events that feature Spanish treasures of the Americas and include visual arts, music, crafts and culture. There will be walking tours of the art present in St. Augustine’s architecture. Outdoor events include a juried art display, free jazz and folkloric performances, and more. Events sites include the Downtown Plaza, Flagler College and Café Habana.

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

Held in early May

Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater

904-819-8700

Come and enjoy music and song at this 10th annual festival designated as a National Music and Storytelling Festival. For the general public, from Friday through Sunday, it is a non-stop musical party, complete with children’s booths, rides, food booths, a fish fry, craft demonstrators, dance floor, stories, pickin’, singing, contests, “jammin’ tent,” and more.

Annual San Sebastian Fine Art & Jazz Show

Held in early May

Location: San Sebastian Winery

888-352-9463

See and hear art when the music sounds and artists display their original works including sculpture, photography, oil paintings and watercolor. The grand-prize winner of the Fine Art Show has their work purchased by the winery for use on a commemorative and collectors’ label. One hundred cases of a San Sebastian Reserve Wine will be set aside for the special Artist Series label. Complimentary tours and wine tasting offered throughout the entire weekend. Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar on the open-air deck. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

First Coast Birding & Nature Festival

Held in mid May

Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater

800-653-2489

Hands-on seminars and in-the-field photography workshops with noted photographers. View otherwise inaccessible North Island shore birds. Private access tour through 72,000 acre Camp Blanding’s restricted rare bird sites. Boat trips to undisturbed bird habitats. Kayak excursions. Butterfly tent with 1,000 butterflies. Nature seminars and field photography workshops. Photo tour of St. Augustine.

Annual Ponte Vedra Car Show

Held in mid May

Location: Varies

904-285-0666

Admission Free

View a collection of cars, with the oldest dating back to 1913, on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sawgrass Village.

Annual Memorial Weekend Cathedral Festival

Held in late May

Location: Grounds of Mission of Nombre de Dios

904-824-2806

Entertain the whole family viewing and buying arts & crafts, a flea market tent, games, rides, food court, and daily performances. Fireworks on Sunday.

Annual ‘Brass’ Community Concert

Held in late May

Location: TPC – Ponte Vedra Beach

904-285-3948

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the music under the open sky. BRASS stands for Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra responds with this concert.

June

Drake’s Raid

Held in early June

Location: Fountain of Youth Park and Historic District

904-829-9792

Relive history as the English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic annual re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. The raiders’ camp featuring displays of the arms and armor, craft skills, and lifestyle — explained by costumed interpreters — will be open to the public at the Fountain of Youth Park. In the late afternoon, Drake and his followers will descend on the city’s historic district. Early evening will witness the English attack on St. Augustine, the Spanish residents’ defense with pike and musket skirmishes and simulated destruction of the town by the invaders.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

July

St. Augustine’s Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions

904-825-1004

Have a blast at one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks shows! The spectacular fireworks burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. The 20-minute show includes a stirring soundtrack of great patriotic music.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

Kingfish Challenge

Held in late July

Location: City Marina

904-824-8322

Chase the big ones in this exciting competition that offers cash and prizes for the biggest catch. Registration limited to 400 boats. It all begins at the St. Augustine City Marina located at Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions.

Summer Sizzler

Held in late July

Location: St. Augustine Beach Pier Park and St. Augustine Beach

904-808-8544

Soak up the sun during a full weekend of sizzlin’ fun at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion. Event highlights include Hobie catamaran regatta and races, sand sculpture contests, children’s carnival and water slide, Frisbee dogs, crafts, food and retail vendors, and a kite flying competition, cheered by live music! Proceeds benefit the Betty Griffin House.

August

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

Annual San Sebastian Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp

Held in late August

Location: San Sebastian Winery

904-826-1594

Admission Free

Get purple feet at this special festival celebrating the San Sebastian Winery’s grape harvest. Grape Stomping competitions run throughout the entire weekend with prizes awarded to the winners. Complimentary tours and wine tasting included! Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar on the open-air deck and enjoy a great view of St. Augustine. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

September

St. Augustine Birthday Celebration

Held in early September

Location: Mission of Nombre de Dios

904-825-1004

Admission Free

Put on your 16th century party hats and help celebrate the birthday of the City of St. Augustine! The day’s events begin with a reenactment of the landing by the city’s founder, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, at the Mission of Nombre de Dios – the exact landing point of the Spanish colonists in 1565. The event ends with Mass on the site where it was first performed in what is now the United States. The day concludes with a variety of musical entertainment and birthday cake for all at the Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

October

Annual Greek Festival

Held in early October

Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

904-829-0504

A delicious assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages will be served. Enjoy nonstop entertainment with live Greek music by the Grecian Strings and dancing by colorfully costumed Greek dance troupes, and lots of authentic Greek food and drink to enjoy.

Annual St. Augustine Colonial Folk Arts & Crafts Festival

Held in early October

Location: Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

904-810-5587

Admission Free

See colonial craftspeople from throughout Florida demonstrate “Lost Arts” such as spinning, weaving, basket making, blacksmithing, pottery making and many other arts and crafts. Historical musical performances, puppetry, storytelling and much more show how entertaining the old days could be. The event takes place each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum.

November

Annual Great Chowder Debate

Held in early November

Location: Conch House Marina

904- 829-8646

Chowders of conch, clams, lobster, scallops and crab are laced with concoctions of secret spices, all leading to temptation and satisfaction at the Conch House Marina at 12:30 p.m.

Night of Lights

Held mid November – late January

Location: Along the ancient streets and historic buildings of St. Augustine

800-653-2489

Share in the holiday glow when more than two million tiny white lights will shine along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city. The Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city’s history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays.

December

Grande Illumination

Held in early December

Location: St. George and Cuna Streets

904-460-9368

Carry a candle and follow the torchlight parade from the Government House to the Plaza to hear the governor’s proclamation, watch soldiers fire their muskets in salute to the season and sing Christmas carols at the Plaza. The Grande Illumination Ceremony is an impressive pageant of color and light that reflects the customs of the British when they occupied the city in the Eighteenth Century. At 3:30 p.m., all descendants of participants in the time when St. Augustine was a bastion of Tory sympathizers, as well as the offspring of the Sons of Liberty, citizens of the United States, and representatives of foreign dominions, not to mention officers and enlisted men of the British Regular Army and their ladies, are invited to partake of refreshing beverages and satisfying victuals on the North Green of Fort St. Marks (site subject to change, but ye shall find, if ye shall look). Colonial music and dancing after the tea. The British Night Watch Parade is Yuletide celebration from the American War of Independence.

Night of Lights

Held mid November – late January

Location: Along the ancient streets and historic buildings of St. Augustine

800-653-2489

Share in the holiday glow when more than two million tiny white lights shine along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city. The Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city’s history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays.

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

Held in early December

Location: Downtown Plaza

904-829-5681

The annual Christmas Parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in north Florida. Features all the things a parade has to offer, including bands, cars, horses, tigers, and the arrival of Santa.

Regatta of Lights

Held in mid December

Location: Matanzas Bay

904-824-9725

Regale your eyes with a holiday parade of boats from 15 to 85 feet in length – sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels aglitter with brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical.

St. Augustine’s Las Posadas Celebration

Held in mid December

Location: San Marco Avenue

904-826-0209

Las Posadas, a traditional Spanish candlelight procession. Participants are encouraged to bring their own candles. The procession led by Mary and Joseph parades up San Marco Ave. ending at the Mission of Nombre De Dios with a live nativity scene, live music, free refreshments, and family activities. Transportation back to the Cathedral is provided for free.

Entertainment

Limelight Theatre

11 Old Mission Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-825-1164

Call for performance schedule

Professional theater in an intimate setting. Open year ’round. See comedy, dramas, musicals and many additional productions.

Murer Watch Mystery Theatre

4320 A1A S. (at the Garden Eatery Restaurant in Ocean Gate Plaza)
St. Augustine, FL 32086
904-471-2691

Call for additional information

Enjoy music, comedy, mystery, and intrigue as professional actors perform among you as you dine. See this mystery unfold and play detective as you try to solve the crimes. Show and menu are suitable for ALL ages. Shows schedules vary; call for show dates & times. Reservations required.

St. Augustine Opera

904-797-6820

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Northeast Florida’s resident repertory opera company