Lightner Museum

#4 in Best Things To Do in St. Augustine
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75 King St.

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The eclectic Lightner Museum is located just south of Flagler College near St. Augustine's historic city center. Housed within the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built by Henry Flagler in 1888, the museum features an impressive collection of 19th-century art. Notable exhibits include unconventional items like shrunken heads, salt and pepper shakers, human hair and cigar labels. You'll also find traditional art pieces and collections with Tiffany & Co. glass and antique furniture.

Recent travelers said the museum's architecture and collections more than justify the attraction's entrance fee. With four floors of exhibits, you can easily spend several hours exploring the property. And if you're hungry, grab a bite in the museum's cafe. Although it's only open for lunch, visitors say the food is delicious.

A trip to the Lightner Museum will set adults back $10. Children between 12 and 18 can visit for $5, while kids 11 and younger get in for free. Reduced rates are available for active military personnel and college students, and admission fees are covered by select trolley tour packages. A gift shop, a cafe and restrooms are available as well. The property is open daily (excluding Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and music demonstrations are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entrance fees do not include guided tours, but group and specialty tours are available for an additional fee. To get to the attraction, travelers can take the trolley to the No. 11 stop or drive. Travelers will find limited street parking nearby. To learn more about the museum and purchase tickets, check out the Lightner Museum's website.

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Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end of the street, visitors can explore boutiques like Sunburst Crystal and Tillie's Bath Cottage, as well as historic sites like the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden School House. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum are within walking distance; as you travel south, you'll see additional shops and cafes, plus art galleries and the Colonial Quarter.

Visitors in search of Southern charm will appreciate St. George Street. According to past travelers, you'll find unique shops and some of the best ice cream in the area. The area is also a great spot to stop in some shops to pick up souvenirs.

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