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Old Town Trolley Tours
 
 

Visit the oldest city in the United States and get your dose of warm Florida sun and fascinating history. St. Augustine is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking architecture, antiquated buildings and its significance to the shaping of our nation.

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When you climb on board Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, you’ll have a chance to see the Ancient City in all its glory, from historical attractions like the site where Ponce de Leon first landed ashore, to unique attractions like the Alligator Farm. During the 90-minute tour, you’ll have the opportunity to get off and on the trolley as often as you wish, giving you a chance to stay at any of the stops for as long as you want.

Our local conductors make the tour even more entertaining by providing history and humor all rolled into one. Our conductors are recognized for their ability to captivate and entertain each of our guests. Local residents who come from various cities around the U.S., they share a common enthusiasm for history and talent to amuse folks. You’ll learn about the first settlers to the city and the powerful Spanish influence that still exists today. You’ll see the Castillo de San Marcos Fort that guarded the city against foreign invaders and is the oldest European fort of its kind still standing.

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From museums to architectural masterpieces like The Ponce de Leon Hotel, now Flagler College, to the oldest wooden schoolhouse, you’ll see it all on the orange and green trolleys. Only Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine offers the best of the city in one delightful tour.

Here are just a few reasons why Old Town Trolley is the best sightseeing tour in town:

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St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish under Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565.

 
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• FREE Admission to St. Augustine History Museum

• Over 100 Points of Interest

• Your ticket is good for all day on and off re-boarding at 22 stops

• FREE Beach Shuttle to Alligator Farm and the beach

 
     
   
 

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Ghosts & Gravestones Tours

Join us aboard the trolley of the doomed, as your Ghost Host entrances you with tales of misfortune and mayhem. Hear accounts of long gone residents who can still be seen in numerous locations around the city. The tumultuous past transcends into the present as we travel through the ancient city.

 
 

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Prepare yourself for a Frightseeing Adventure like none other as your resident Ghost Host shares tales both true and truly unnerving of the city’s tumultuous past. Discover the secrets of the Tolomato Cemetery and the apparition seen playing on the sacred grounds after dark. Could it be the spirit of five-year-old James or is it the Ghost Bride, still waiting for her walk down the aisle. Be sure to keep a watchful eye while passing by the old City Gates. You might catch a glimpse of Elizabeth, a child victim of the yellow fever, waving to passersby.

Get ready for an up close and personal encounter of the town’s most haunted building, the Old Jail. Listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places, it is the site of countless documented paranormal experiences. Unlock the secret of an (EVP) voice recording captured during a real paranormal investigation and its possible connection to the well-known hangings carried out on the site. Cameras or camera phones are recommended to take pictures through the building’s famous and ominous windows and potentially capture something unworldly!

haunted room showing a ghost, bookshelves and lamp TIP: Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to make time to visit Cromwell’s Parlour of Paranormal Curiosities. It is located inside the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave., the check-in and boarding location for the Ghosts & Gravestones tour. Cromwell’s Parlour is St. Augustine’s only collection of the paranormal and unexplained. All objects are authentic and are either historic or supernaturally significant. The collection was gathered in this room in hopes of achieving greater understanding of the unexplained and supernatural world.

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT….GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES AWAITS…WHEN THE CONDUCTOR HOWLS “ALL ABOARD” – WILL YOU BE THERE

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The Old Jail

Home to prisoners for over 60 years, the Old Jail in St. Augustine looks more like a resort than a maximum-security facility. The original structure was built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, and although it has been restored and renovated throughout the years, it looks very much the way it did when it opened over a century ago.

 
 

gallowsToday, visitors to the Old Jail can take a guided tour, learn about the many prisoners and practices that took place here and see where the Sheriff and his wife and family lived— adjacent to where the prisoners were housed.

Meet Sheriff Joe Perry who had a reputation as being a harsh and strict warden – one of the toughest in the South. Walk through the men’s and women’s cells and see where executions took place in the gallows. Discover the history behind judicial practices in the 19th century and see an array of weapons and artifacts.

old jail cell Adults and children are thoroughly entertained by our costumed actors who portray deputies from the early days and everyone gets a chance to try and escape! The Old Jail is one of just a few prisons of its kind still standing and makes for a great sightseeing and history adventure.

 

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In addition to being a national tourist destination and the continental United States' oldest city settled by Europeans, St. Augustine was also a pivotal site for the civil rights movement in 1963 and 1964.

 
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St. Augustine History Museum

Gain a greater understanding of the evolution of Florida, the people who helped shape its future and the rich past that it represents at the St. Augustine History Museum.

 

spanish helmetStroll through a myriad of displays and exhibits to learn how four different nations ruled over this quaint beach town and how each one made an indelible mark on its culture and personality.

guests at history museum shipwreck In the St. Augustine History Museum, a Spanish treasure room showcases a magnificent collection of items found on actual sunken ships. A Timucuan Indian Village and Florida Cracker trading post provide an up-close look at how the earliest settlers lived and made a living.

guests at history museumVisitors will learn the amazing facts about the different periods of St. Augustine’s history where the British, Spanish and French dominated the city and how it came to be a part of the United States of America. More than four centuries of war, government and heritage are featured throughout the museum’s various displays.

Discover Henry Flagler’s undeniable influence upon the city, from his stunning architectural masterpieces that still stand throughout St. Augustine, to his historic triumphs in the railroad industry.

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Florida was a United States territory until 1845 when it became a U.S. state

 
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The St. Augustine History Museum is an ideal stop for guests of any age - an educational and enlightening experience that offers an in-depth look at Florida’s amazing history.

 
 

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  St. Augustine Educational Tours
An Adventure in History!®

For school children, there’s no better way to learn Florida’s history than reliving it during one of our extraordinary field trips. Our educational tours offer visits to many of St. Augustine’s most significant historical sites, an assortment of choices for itineraries and much more.

 

school children viewing displayBring your students to see first-hand the places you’re discussing in your history lessons. Let them witness the magnitude of the Castillo de San Marcos, the largest Spanish Fort in America and one of the few structures of its kind still in existence. They’ll enjoy a guided tour of this imposing Castillo and gain a perspective of how the soldiers during that era lived and fought to defend St. Augustine.

Also included is a fully narrated Old Town Trolley Tour that showcases 100 points of interest throughout the city. And you may pick two of the following sites to visit: The Old Jail, the Oldest Store Museum Experience, the St. Augustine History Museum or Potter's Wax Museum.

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Our field trips can also include stops at the Oldest Wooden School House, the Fountain of Youth, The Lighthouse & Museum, Alligator Farm and more. And the best part? You can design your own adventure to suit the needs of your students—our experienced planners will assist you in customizing your excursion so it is most beneficial to you and the children.

Adhering to the educational standards set forth by the state, each of our field trips is designed to bring your history curriculum to life. Each participating class will receive a 16-page activities book sent via email as a PDF file. Pre and post trip activities provide you with educational materials that also entertain. All materials were created by curriculum specialists and are based on Florida Sunshine Standards.

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to teach Florida’s fascinating history, our tours are ideal. Spend a couple of hours or an entire day exploring all the glorious historical sites in the ancient city. Your students will be delighted, entertained and most importantly—enlightened!

 
 

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  Oldest Store Museum Experience

Watch in amazement as our friendly clerks, butcher and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-century living. Meet the proprietor, Mr. C.F. Hamblen. Step back in time and discover the latest and best time saving miracles from 1900!

 
 
 
     
 

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• Steam-driven tractors
• Tonics & elixirs
• Farm equipment
• Health underwear
• Worm syrup
• Corn sheller
• Collars & corsets
• Guns & ammunition
• Grain thresher
• Goat powered washing machine
• Bikes & trikes
• Gossip and so much more

 
 

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  Potter's Wax Museum

Potter’s Wax Museum is located on Orange Avenue in historic St. Augustine and offers visitors a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous people up close.

 
 

harry potter wax figure America’s first and oldest wax museum, it was founded by George Potter, a man who traveled around the world as a young child with his family. It was during one of his many trips that Potter visited a London wax museum and became inspired to create his own wax sculptures in America.

Potter’s opened in 1948 and is home to more than 145 wax figures including celebrities, sports stars, dignitaries, politicians, entertainers, historical people and more.

star wars wax figuresA visit to today’s Potter’s Wax Museum is as fascinating and entertaining as it was when this beloved St. Augustine attraction first opened its doors. You’ll stand next to Harry Potter, his friends Hermione and Ron and his mortal enemy, Voldemort. You’ll see Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, John Adams and others. Benjamin Franklin, Cleopatra, Ponce de Leon and Elvis are also here - along with Annie Oakley and Davy Crockett. Imagine looking Michael Jordan in the eyes and getting your picture taken next to Henry the VIII and all of his wives.

Potter’s figures are known for their remarkable likeness to the characters they represent due to the process that’s used to create them. Each one is custom-tailored with real hair placed on one strand at a time. The eyes are handmade in Germany and the hands are sculpted in Belgium.

Come with the family, bring your group or come on your own. Be sure to bring your camera - photography is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!

Potter’s Wax Museum welcomes groups, schools and adults and children of all ages.

 
 

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