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Get out of Orlando – Day Trip | St. Augustine

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Take a break from Disney and explore beautiful Florida. Enjoy you scenic drive along highway A1A overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Make a pit stop to check out Fort Matanzos National Monument and St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier before spending the day exploring the oldest city in the country, St. Augustine. Hop on a Trolley Tour, explore Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, shop and dine along St. George St, and much more. Get out of Orlando on this fun-filled, historic, road trip!

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Orlando, Florida

Depart: 8am

Before you leave make sure to eat breakfast, pack a picnic, gas up the car, and start your GPS. It’s time for a road trip!

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Passing Through 9:30am

Catch a glimpse of Daytona International Speedway as you drive through Daytona Beach on your way to highway A1A. You may want to stop to snap a few pics but don’t take too long we’re just getting started.

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Ormond-By-The-Sea, Florida

Passing Through 10am

Enjoy the coastal view as you drive through Ormond-By-The-Sea. Road trips are all about the journey, so windows down, music blaring.

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Flagler Beach, Florida

Passing Through 10:15am

A cute little beach town, Flagler Beach is the perfect place to pull to the side of A1A and walk down to the ocean. The beautiful sandy beaches and crashing waves make it a tranquil place. Bring an empty bottle to save some Florida sand.

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Fort Matanzos National Monument

Arrive: 10:45am – Depart: 12:00pm

Time to get out and stretch your legs. If you plan it just right you can make it to the Fort in time to take a boat ride to see the National Monument up close and personal. If you miss the boat you can still see the Fort in the distance, and hopefully you’ll have the chance to hear one of the informative park rangers explain the history of Fort Matanzos. Once your done looking around sit at one of the picnic tables among the uniquely amazing trees and enjoy your picnic lunch.

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St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier

Arrive: 12:15pm – Depart: 12:45pm

We’re all in Florida to enjoy the ocean right?! Stop and put your feet in the water, walk the pier, build a sand castle. Take just a few minutes to enjoy the beach before downtown.

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Historic Downtown Parking Facility

Arrive: 1:00pm – Depart: 7:00pm

Parking is always a hassell in Florida, make it easy and park at the Downtown Parking Facility. It has the ideal location, close to the Monument and St. George St. Remember where you parked and let’s start exploring St. Augustine!

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St. Augustine, Florida

Arrive: 1:00pm – Depart: 7:00pm

Time to spend the afternoon in St. Augustine. If your a winging it kind of traveler than don’t worry you’ll find some fun things to do and see here. It never hurts to prep though so if your a little type A like me do your research and plan the perfect things to do for you. Either way you have to check out St. George street, it’s full of delicious foods, shops, and historic buildings. The Hop on Hop Off Trolley Tour is a great way to see the city and will help you find what to do next.

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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Arrive: 3:30pm – Depart: 5:00pm

One thing you have to do in St. Augustine is visit the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument. This is a National Park and requires a National Park pass to enter. Buy there or get your membership early. A short walk from St. George St, and the parking facility. It’s an amazing piece of history and has a lot of stories to tell. Talk with the reenactors and read all about it’s history on the story boards. Walk around the top edge and see real cannons.

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Mojo Old City BBQ

Arrive: 5:30pm – Depart: 7:00pm

Once your done exploring the oldest city in the United States, try some down south home cooking. Enjoy a fun laid back atmosphere, listen to good music, try a glass of whisky from their collection, and devour some delicious BBQ.

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Orlando, Florida

Arrive: 11:00pm

What an awesome day! Time to head home and get some sleep. What are you going to do tomorrow? Check out more Orlando Day Trips here…

Enjoy a family day trip, a romantic day date, or a friendly road trip, whoever you go with, your all going to have a great time! Check out our What to pack list, the pre-planned google route, and our other Orlando Day Trips. Happy Travels 🙂

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