St. Johns County is located in Northeast Florida bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Duval, Clay, Putnam and Flagler Counties.
St. Johns County was established in 1821 as one of Florida's original two counties, the other being Escambia. The county was named for the St. Johns River. In 1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded a settlement at St. Augustine. It is known as the nation's oldest continuously occupied city.
Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida.
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is home to 150 acres of Bulow Plantations where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo. The ruins consist of an old sugar mill and what remains of the home's foundations as well as some of the slave cabins. Today, there is a trail that leads visitors to the ruins. As well as some history, there is also picnic facilities for those that would like to spend a few hours here and a boat ramp for canoes and small powerboats to float on the Bulow Creek. Fishing is permitted from a boat or on the docks.
Faver-Dykes State Park offers a variety activities for nature enthusiasts. Longleaf pines and turkey oaks provide both shade and beauty for hikers venturing along Hiram-Faver and Pine Loop Trails. Colorful flicks from nature's paint brush in the form of wildflowers and blueberries grace these lands that once gave life to the Timucuan Indians. For the aquatically inclined, embark upon a journey down the Pellicer Creek. Head west to its freshwater beginnings or east to its salty embrace with the intracoastal. Bald eagles, manatees, river otters, and great blue herons call this many fingered waterway their home. Bask in these tranquil environs for an afternoon picnic or submerse yourself via a multi-night camping stay, either way this flora and fauna haven is a must see for all those visiting the northeast shores of Florida.
Fort Mose is an historic state park that offers visitors 40 acres of space for picnicking, birding, and historic sightseeing. The park opened in October 1994. It has garnished attention from the expansive knowledge on wildlife and also has one of the most interactive museums in any state park. It is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States for those fleeing slavery in the Carolinas
The Palatka to St. Augustine Trail is a beautiful stretch of land that connects both St. Johns and Putnum counties. This 12-foot wide, 19 mile long trailed is nicely paved and is full of agricultural landscapes and scenic routes. There are a number of access locations but the most popular tends to be starting in St. Johns and ending at Putnum, most likely due to the abundance of parking available at the eastern trailheads. In addition, you also get the opportunity to visit The Florida Trail Town of Palatka mid travels. This trail is not to be missed. Happy Trails!
The oldest structure in the city, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has stood erect for nearly 145 years. Visit the working remains of Florida's first lighthouse and experience the rich history of a once vital structure.
St. Johns County School District is considered one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state of Florida, according to St. Augustine Record. The school district is home to over 40 publics schools, including traditional schools, charter schools and virtual schools. The student population in St. John’s County is estimated to be over 35,000.
A1A Ale Works is a massive, two-story restaurant that features live music, a scratch kitchen, an abundant Florida craft beer menu, and beautiful scenic views of the Bridge of Lions and Matanzas River in historic downtown St. Augustine.
This family entertainment center and waterpark has two locations in Florida, both near Jacksonville. It includes two 18-hole miniature golf courses, each with a unique theme, laser tag, batting cages, go-karts, a junior coaster, and an arcade complete with tickets to get some awesome prizes. The first Adventure Landing theme park was opened in 1995 in Jacksonville Beach by Adventure Entertainment Company. Since then, nine more theme parks have made their construction in the United States and continue to bring fun to families who visit every year.
2 locations in St. Augustine with a Brewhouse and a Taproom located in the historic downtown St. Augustine area, this flagship brewing company has a wide distribution radius, a great selection of beers, a great design, and a helpful staff.
Board and Brush is a wood sign studio offering a variety of workshops to create "on-trend, farmhouse-classic, inspirational pieces of décor". While they focus on wood sign workshops, they also offer a variety of materials including glass, chalkboard, canvas pillows, slate, and terra cotta pots. Board and Brush is perfect for a girls' night out, a cute date night, a birthday party or private event, or a new family night! Offerings and designs are always changing, which means you can go back again and again! No experience is needed to attend one of their classes--their staff will provide you with all the tools needed and teach you how to use them as well.
There are several locations around Florida so be sure to find out which location is closest to you! Check out their website to see their current schedule, sign up for a class, or for any updated information. To see upcoming events and designs, or to see previous projects, be sure to follow them on Facebook!
A brewing company located in the west Augustine area of St. Augustine, just over the San Sebastian River from the historic downtown area. It is most notable for using locally sourced, fresh ingredients, providing a rotating stock of seasonal brews to accompany its year-round favorites.
Offering the freshest seafood and most flavorful handcrafted cocktails in the heart of St. Augustine, Casa Maya is a hidden gem that will blow your taste buds away. Every dish is expertly orchestrated with fresh ingredients from nearby farmers and fisherman and influenced by authentic Mexican dishes, giving diners the chance to experience an unparalleled feast only found in the oldest city in America.
Travel to the oldest city in Florida and visit a centuries-old colonial fort that has changed ownership between the British, American, and Spanish forces numerous times before the formation of what is now the United States of America.
A brewing company located in the heart of the historic downtown area of St. Augustine. Opening its doors in 2017, Dog Rose has continued its efforts to brew traditional beer styles, handcrafted and of the highest quality.
Flagler College is a beautiful private college located in downtown St. Augustine. The campus centers around the Ponce de Leon Hotel, a luxury hotel built in 1888. Study one of nearly 30 subjects with small classes in a gorgeous historical setting.
Tours are available of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. With history as far back as 500 years ago, the Fountain of Youth Park will inform and amaze you. Between exploring the exhibits, visiting the giftshop, and walking around this 15 acre waterfront park, every visitor is sure to find all day entertainment.
Capt Tommy is a Fishing guide located in St. Augustine Florida. His charters range from Palm Coast to St. Augustine. He is a popular guest on the Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report for the northeast region of Florida.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world's first oceanarium, offers a 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins' aquatic world as you swim with our gentle residents.
Experience award-winning dining affair paired with the perfect glass of wine at Michael’s Tasting Room. Nestled into the charming brick roads of St. Augustine’s Calle Cuna, the tasting room offers an elegant, romantic setting for wine tasting, tapas, and extraordinarily flavorful meals dressed in Spanish flare and expertly prepared to perfection. Having been featured on The Food Network with eleven Awards of Excellence, Michael’s Tasting Room is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Nations Bus sells new and used buses representing many new bus manufacturers including Champion Bus, Turtle Top , Diamond Coach, McSweeney, World Trans, Krystal, Federal Coach, Collins Bus, Eldorado, Goshen Coach, and Grech Motors among others. We have a full staff in multiple timezones to also handle parts orders.
Nona Blue is the child of a tavern soul and foodie heart. A neighborhood hangout where you want to bring your date and hangout after work with some friends. Their large sharable menu lends to the concept of Nona Blue being a social place. So, whether coming by yourself to get away or bringing the office to unwind after a hard day Nona Blue is the place you want to go, where everybody will soon know your name.
A brewing company located East of the historic downtown St. Augustine area across the Bridge of Lions. Brewing the full spectrum of traditional style ales, Old Coast Ales takes pride in their craft and it has shown in their range of products.
San Sebastian Winery has been around since 1996, and still remains as the second largest in Florida. Their wine is being made at the Lakeridge Winery and specializes in Noble, Carlos, and Welder muscadine wines.
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre was first built in 1965 to celebrate St. Augustine's 400th year as the oldest permanent European settlement in the US. It is located in a 16-acre section of the Anastasia State Park and seats over 4,000 people.
Crafting the essence of Florida into every bottle, the St. Augustine Distillery is a collaboration of denizens that are passionate about showcasing the taste of locally grown crops in a collection of super premium distilled spirits. The distillery produces everything from whiskey and rum to vodka and gin using the richest flavors the Sunshine State has to offer.
The St. John's County Public Library System has 6 branches, 2 in St. Augustine, and 1 each in Anastasia Island, Fruit Cove, Hastings, and Ponte Vedra. It also has a bookmobile to bring books to other parts of the county.
St. Johns County offers a diverse variety of activities for its visitors and residents. Try a Geocaching treasure hunt, have a few at bats at Mills Field, and participate in one of the many Naturalist Programs in this intriguing area.
Experience 18th century vintage style and luxury comfort during your stay at The Collector Inn. Book a room in seven of St. Augustine’s famous historic cottages as the tranquil designs of each suite persuade you step into vacation mode with ease. Within walking distance of the lively heart of historic St. Augustine, you’ll find endless reasons to extend your stay.
Hyppo Ice Pops started in St. Augustine with a passion for all things natural and simple. The pop shop offers gourmet frozen treats made with just four simple ingredients, including only using the freshest fruit available using seasonal crops. With over 450 flavors to try, and new combinations on the way, there will always be something new at the The Hyppo.
Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat.