We’ve all heard the phrases such as “You Only Live Once (YOLO)” and “Make Every Second Count” - Here are six things to do in St. Augustine, FL to help you explore your edge and make every second count. If done in order they can take you from sunrise to sunset in one day or over several days. Feel free to let us know about any other similar type events that you’d like to share with others and have added to the list!
1: Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga) – Koastal SUP Yoga, LLC
Is that two separate things? No. It is actually one wicked cool thing. Head over to KoastalSUPyoga.com to book a 90 minute sunrise SUP Yoga class that will teach you the parts of a stand-up paddle board, the parts of a paddle, how to use the paddle with the board and guide you through a series of yoga postures on a full-sized yoga mat. Yes--the boards have full-sized yoga mats built in! All classes are taught to all levels and no prior experience with SUP or Yoga is needed! Classes usually meet at the dock in front of the Anastasia Island Lighthouse. Use 446 Ocean Vista Ave in your GPS to find the location and look for their gorgeous turquoise BOGA YOGA boards near or on the dock. Group class prices range from $20 to $35.
2: Aerial Yoga – Mariposa Aerial Yoga
After your SUP Yoga Class with Koastal SUP Yoga, head over to St. Augustine Beach and look for the metal frames that are reminiscent of childhood swing sets but with long billowing hammocks of silk and a purple banner that reads “Mariposa Aerial Yoga”. You will be able to let your inner child fly as you are guided to use the silks to do splits, backbends, and inversions with an ease you likely haven’t experienced in a traditional yoga studio. The beach location adds to the joy of it all. Classes are offered daily at 9:00am, plus occasional sunset and full moon class special events. Find them on the web at Mariposa-yoga.com or on Instagram @Mariposa_aerialyoga.
3: Parasailing – St. Augustine Parasail
So you’ve seen an ad on the internet or heard your pals gush about it after a recent vacation….now it is your turn! Check out St. Augustine Parasail at StAugustineParasail.com and buy tickets to explore America’s oldest city and the surrounding area(s) from the air! You can soar at 500 feet of line or go up on a 1000 feet of line above the Atlantic Ocean. Their location is 111 Avenida Menendez. Trips last from 90 minutes and pricing begins at $75 per person. Photos capturing the experience are available for purchase.
4: Anastasia Island Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Finished in 1874, the interior of this iconic structure has 219 wrought iron stairs and 8 landings that can be climbed to see St. Augustine from above by venturing out onto its observation deck. The ascending views are breathtaking as you look out to the ocean and look up the spiral staircase. Once at the top you can also look into the lens room. The lighthouse, the other structures on the site and the site itself all have a rich history that is told through signage, interactive exhibits, artifacts, tours and events. General Admission Tickets are $12.95 for Adults and are $10.95 for Seniors (over age 60) and children. Note: children must be at least 44 inches tall to climb the stairs inside the lighthouse. Tickets can be bought in advance at StAugustineLighthouse.org or at the lighthouse gift shop the day of your visit.
5: Zip Lining -- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Alligators are synonymous with Florida. Visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard, to safely check out these ancient critters by zip lining over them, as well as crocodiles, snakes, birds, and other animals such as lemurs. The zoo offers two zip line courses that go through tree tops and tackle obstacles over seven acres. Choose from: Sepik River course ($37) – 45 min long, 35 ft high and 9 zip lines or the Nile River course ($67) – 90 min long, 35 ft high, 17 zip lines. Purchase your tickets online at AlligatorFarm.com and get a $2 discount on each ticket. Each course begins with proper fitting of equipment and instruction on how to use the equipment, how to zip down a line, and navigate the course(s) once you are up in the treetops. The instructors make sure each person is comfortable with using the equipment and zipping down a line before sending them up into the course.
6: Helicopter Tours – Old City Helicopters, LLC
If you want to be one of those people you see in the bright yellow helicopters you’ve likely seen flying over St. Augustine while you were touring the Castillo de San Marcos, head over to Old City Helicopters St. Augustine at 4900 US-1; within the Northeast Regional Airport. Walk-ins are welcome daily from 9am to 6pm and flights after 6pm are available with a reservation. Flights typically last 30 to 60 min and launch with a 2-person minimum, though there is no maximum number of people. They do offer a discount for groups of nine or larger. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. You can reach them at 904-824-5506 or at www.och1.com.