Even though I grew up in St. Augustine from the age of nine, I had never taken a sightseeing tour until this past Christmas. My parents came down to visit and we decided to take a sightseeing tour to look at St. Augustine’s annual City of Lights event that happens each year. This is an event where downtown historic St. Augustine is beautifully decorated with white lights.
The price for the four of us, my mom, step-dad, daughter and myself, was about $30 for an hour tour. They take you all around town. In this case they gave us 3-D glasses that when you put them on, the lights turn into sparkling snowflakes. That in itself was very entertaining. Halfway through the tour, they stopped at a place where free cookies and hot chocolate were served.
This was during the holidays. Normally, the sightseeing tours offer a historical look at the nation’s oldest city. The tour guide who drives a train or trolley narrates a history lesson of each historical site as you pass it. The trip is very educational, informative and loaded with everything you wanted to know about St. Augustine. The trains and trolleys move kind of fast though, so if you are interested in getting any good photos, I would recommend touring the sites on foot.
One of St. Augustine’s attractions is St. George Street. It is the original center of town and the street is only accessible by walking. No traffic is allowed and that includes the sightseeing trains and trolleys. They will take you nest to the street but not through it. So if you are looking for an overview of the town’s sites, then taking a sightseeing tour by trolley or train is the way to go.
Some of the sights you will see on the sightseeing trolleys will be:
Castillo de San Marcos fort
Farmer’s market/town square
And much more!
The sites of interest in historical downtown St. Augustine are all relatively in close approximation to each other so walking is a great way to see them all if you are looking to multi-tasking exercise into your sightseeing. However, elderly and disabled visitors can enjoy the same sights probably more comfortably if they took the trolley. While you do get exercise walking, you will miss out on the historical narration that the trolley provides if you opt to travel on foot. It’s really just up to your preference, however I found that learning about the history of St. Augustine while touring it made for a more rewarding experience all around.
For more information, or to plan your sightseeing tour:
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St. Augustine, FL 32084
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