Explore St. Augustine

12 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in St. Augustine

You just made it out to the beach, and a big thunder cloud is hovering over the Atlantic Ocean. But don't a little rain spoil your vacation plans. Thankfully, most rain showers here are short-lived, giving you just enough time to explore a few of our favorite indoor attractions before hitting the beach again.

Lightner Museum

The former Alcazar Hotel constructed in the late 1880s is part of railroad baron Henry Flagler's legacy of grand Florida resorts. The property now serves as a museum of Victorian memorabilia such as stained-glass art by Louis Comfort Tiffany, paintings, sculpture, toys, porcelain and furniture. Open daily 9 am-5 pm.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Witness mystical treasures, international oddities and exotic art forms that inspired the hit TV show. Located in a beautifully restored 1887 historic landmark, the country's original Ripley’s has three floors with hundreds of fascinating items.

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

Home of one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and treasures. See the world’s only authentic pirate chest, its oldest wanted poster and one of only three Jolly Roger flags in existence. Fire a cannon, climb aboard a ship and learn about famous pirates.

Whetstone Chocolates

The Whetstone family began selling chocolates here in 1967. Shoppers can choose from 15 flavors of fudge, Scenes of St. Augustine chocolate bars, gift baskets and other confections. Tours range from $5.50 for youth and $8 for adults, which include an abundance of free samples. Children under 5 are free.

Old Town Trolley Tours

The tour covers more than 100 sites of interest and features 23 stops, including the old jail that was originally built in 1891 and the oldest store museum, where you can hop on or off to sightsee, shop or dine. Open daily from 9 am-4:30 pm. Admission $25.26/adults and $9.36 children 6-12. Includes free admission to St.

World Golf Hall of Fame

Experience historic artifacts, personal memorabilia of famous golfers, interactive exhibits, an 18-hole putting course and Florida’s largest IMAX screen. Nearby is the World Golf Village featuring luxurious accommodations and two championship golf courses.

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

Located in the hip downtown area of Hemming Park, MOCA has five changing galleries featuring contemporary artists as well as a permanent collection featuring Hans Hofmann, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Alex Katz and other masters.

Museum of Science and History

This interactive children’s museum focuses on the science and history of Northeast Florida. Museum highlights include an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton, live animal shows, daily science programs, KidSpace, planetarium and traveling exhibits. Admission $15 adults, $12 children, seniors, military, students and teachers.