Looking for ways to keep the entire family entertained in the summer? How about a budget-friendly trip to St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach where you’ll find activities that appeal to all ages and it’s all free!
Take your pick from free music, movies, museums, attractions or special events on Florida’s Historic Coast.
Enjoy free concerts every Wednesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend at the Pavilion at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. Music by the Sea Concerts takes place from 7-9 p.m. with a diverse line-up of performers from soft rock to country, Americana to ‘80s throwbacks. The concerts take place at 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach Visit www.freebeachconcerts.com for more info.
Who doesn’t love a great movie? Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Colonial Oak Music Park for the free Summer Movie Series at the Colonial Oak Music Park. Movie nights are Wednesdays from June 12 – July 31 (except July 3). Visit the website for complimentary shuttle information.
Every Thursday from June 6- August 29 attend free Concerts in the Plaza. Experience this popular tradition shared by many communities – enjoying a concert in the town square on a summer night. Free and open to the public, the concerts play from 7-9 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitución. Visit www.citystaug.com/concerts for schedules and info.
Bird Island Park, located behind the Ponte Vedra Beach Library, is a treasure trove of nature. Kiosks with wildlife information help visitors identify the different birds and underwater wildlife. Kids will have fun exploring the hedge maze in the shape of a turtle. Many of the benches are designed in the shape of local wildlife ranging from rabbits to alligators just to name a few. Exploring Bird Island Park is free. It’s open from dawn to dusk every day.
Join Art Galleries of St. Augustine the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. for new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries. Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online at www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org.
Travel south of St. Augustine along A1A to Fort Matanzas. In 1740, the Spanish built Fort Matanzas, a small fortified watchtower that guarded the southern entrance to St. Augustine. The site offers free parking, nature trails and a free ferry to the fort. https://www.nps.gov/foma/index.htm
Visit the Lightner Museum the last Thursday of the month for its Lightner After Hours. At this monthly social, guests of the museum will enjoy an early evening of cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and live music from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. www.lightnermuseum.org
Enjoy Uptown Saturday Night the last Saturday of the month. This is the perfect event for fashionistas, art lovers and antique shoppers, from 5-8 p.m. at participating locations on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue, concentrated between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. www.facebook.com/uptownstaugustine
Get into the rhythm with live music during the Sing Out Loud Music Festival. Every weekend September 6 – 29, the Sing Out Loud Festival features hundreds of local, regional and national acts in and around St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches. The best part? All concerts are totally free.
And don’t forget the beaches. One of the most popular is St. Augustine Beach, home to the St. Johns County Pier Park. The beaches are wide and are made up of soft sugar sand in some areas and hard packed sand near the shore break. You can ride a bike or build a sandcastle. Kids will enjoy a Splash Park and Playground. Bring your own food and beverages to eat at picnic tables. Adults and older youth can play on the lighted beach volleyball courts. Restroom facilities and outdoor showers make your stay more comfortable.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches.