Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine, FL

33 St. George St.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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A 2-acre attraction located just off A1A, Colonial Quarter offers a chance for visitors to experience hundreds of years of St. Augustine’s colonial Spanish and British living history. Visitors can see a leatherwork shop, participate in a cannon drill, dine in the Taberna restaurant, grab a beverage in the pub, venture up a watchtower, explore an authentic home of a fort soldier, and more.

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Journey back in time through centuries of St. Augustine history, from our distinctive 35-foot watchtower and colonial buildings to shops and dining.
Take an immersive, captivating journey through centuries of St. Augustine's rich history, brought to breathtaking life at the Colonial Quarter—the revitalized two-acre signature attraction in the heart of the downtown historic district.

Experience the Nation's Oldest City like never before with a Historical Adventure Tour that immerses you in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. You can also climb to the top of a 17th century watchtower replica, dine on classic Pub fare and Spanish Tapas and more!

Stroll the Flags Over St. Augustine boardwalk, each step a passage through the centuries beneath the very flags that have flown over this Ancient City for over 450 years—from the flag that likely flew on the mast of Juan Ponce de Leon's ship as he explored Florida's northeast coast to today's 50-star Stars & Stripes.

Visit our 16th Century Ship building project to see a handcrafted 50-foot caravel rising one story into the sky! A caravel was used by the Spanish in the 16th century, including by Don Juan Ponce de Leon, who claimed Florida for Spain in 1513, and Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who founded St. Augustine in 1565.

As Europe entered the Age of Exploration and began exploring new worlds, caravels were able to traverse unknown coastlines closer to shore than larger ships and travel deeper into bays and rivers.

Boatwrights like ours played an important role in exploration by designing and building new ships, and repairing those damaged by storms, reefs, sand bars, and attack by other ships.

Get hands-on with buried artifacts in our dig boxes. Get an intriguing glimpse into archaeological investigations that took place on the very ground you'll walk upon at the Colonial Quarter, real evidence that suggests it might have been the site of an early wooden fort burned in the late 1600s.

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A Joe I
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Cool history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2020 NEW
This is basically a Colonies village tucked into the middle of St. Augustine. It is quite historic and in each building there is a period character that shows you all of the apparel.
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sewmama61
"Lots of great info!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2020
Due to Covid, there weren't as many docents showing the site. The gentleman who was there, however, was very knowledgeable and showed us the forge and items they would make there. Good displays...ship replica (boy is that small for crossing the ocean!) and a building that went through several add ons over time..
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dcringer
Toronto, Canada
"Old narrow streets--very european!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2020
TAKE THE FREE TROLLY TOUR and see the many periiods this place experienced. Then walk the many narrow streets after--very much like old Quebec City.
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Donna H
Jacksonville
"Well worth the time."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020
Very interesting and well presented information about Colonial times. The demonstrations by the black smith, firing of the musket and the climb in the tower were all great experiences. Highly recommended.
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania
"American history lite"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2020
We (four history-loving adults) visited here on Dec. 31 as part of our three days exploring St. Augustine; we had purchased discounted combo tickets online with the pirate museum (reviewed separately). We timed our visit to catch a Colonial Experience tour, for which Andy James was our guide. He was an engaging speaker and caught us right up into the St. Augustine experience with a great introductory narrative. He demonstrated the cumbersome steps involved in firing both a small cannon and a musket—both impressive to experience up close. He took us through a historic house and over to see the numerous flags that have flown over St. Augustine through the ages (an interesting summary); he also demonstrated basic blacksmithing skills. After our time with Andy for those few “living history” activities (about 45 minutes), we were free to walk around the site on our own; there were a few more buildings to peak into but not much more than Andy showed us. After our visit (one hour in total), I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to see here. Since tours are given only four times a day, it seems they could be a bit longer and include a few more areas of the complex (i.e. shipyard, print shop, etc.) to give visitors the fullest experience possible (a few living history activities in the house would make sense as well). The area devoted to this attraction is actually quite small, when it merits a real museum presence like one finds at Jamestown, VA, or Plimoth Plantation in MA. (Too bad this complex wasn’t reconstructed on all that unused space by the fort across the street.) As a colonial history buff, I was left wanting more here. Fortunately, we visited a few other history-oriented sites in town, and together these gave me a good education about Florida’s history and settlement.
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