Historic St. Augustine is a combination of beautiful and historic buildings and sites, mixed with a bit of tourist kitsch. The official Historic District runs between the Vilano Bridge and the Bridge of Lions, to the east of Ponce de Leon Blvd. North-south, it’s about 1.3 miles. It’s difficult to design a precise route without a lot of specific twists and turns. Rather, we suggest creating your own route, described below. Overall, this is ~4-6 miles, depending on how many of the north-south streets you decide to do. The area can get busy — it’s a treat if you go early to beat the crowds.
- START in the heart of the historic district, at Flagler College, and run the grounds of the West Lawn/ Governor’s House area.
- Then, we recommend the lovely streets between King St. and Castillo Fort: Charlotte, St. George, Spanish, Cordova, Sevilla, Riberia.
- Head north to do a loop around Castillo Fort. It’s ~1 mile around the grassy paths, waterfront, even a few stairs!
- Head north (use Water St. to Pine, or San Marcos), and then do a jaunt around The Mission (Great Cross, The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche).
- Run the 0.5 miles along gorgeous, canopied Magnolia Ave.
- Return to the Fort, and return via the waterfront path, just east of the Fort.
Add-Ons: Just south of Bridge of Lions, the Lincolnville Historic District has some lovely streets, including a nice section along Maria Sanchez Lake. You can also run over the bridges, for scenic waterfront views.