Summer is here and it’s a great time to get out and explore what makes St. Augustine such an interesting place to live. Here are two locations that show off the eclectic history of St. Augustine and can help you beat the summer heat!

St. Augustine Distillery

Come take a tour of St. Augustine’s first legal distillery since Prohibition and sample some of their award-winning whiskey, rum, gin and vodka. The Distillery offers free tours and tastings and their guided tour offers a unique window into the history of Old Florida and how the art of distilling spirits has changed.

St. Augustine Distillery creates award-winning whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka, and offers free tours and tastings. The unique tour includes artifacts that reveal the fascinating history of Old Florida and the many ways in which the art of distilling spirits has changed -- and not changed -- over the years. 

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112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, 32084

The Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built in 1888. Specializing in pieces from The Gilded Age, the Museum’s eclectic collection ranges from a mummy, shrunken heads to Tiffany glass, fine art paintings, furniture, and sculpture.

Upcoming exhibits include:

  • Summer Mixology Series: There will be three mixology events held on June 21, July 27 and August 31 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Historic Pool area. Each event will feature a different Manifest Distilling liquor, as well as unique crafted cocktails that will evoke the opulence of Gilded Era and encourage guests to entertain in style in their own homes! Learn more:
  • Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times™ is an exhibit with 36 costumes from the hit television show Downton Abbey. Running from October 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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75 King Street, St. Augustine, 32084