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The Old Town Trolley Tours St Augustine is a one hour and a half fully-narrated journey that includes 23 stops at 100 or more points of interest, museums, and hotels for which you can hop-off, explore and hop-on.
What’s included Old Time Trolley Tours, St Augustine
- unlimited on and off privileges, 23 stops
- admission into St. Augustine History Museum
- connects with a free shuttle to Alligator Farm, Lighthouse and Beach
- free parking – the Old Jail and St Augustine History Museum are also at this site.
I arrived early (9:30 AM) to beat the crowd, but apparently, I wasn’t the only that came up with this brilliant idea! I was able to snag one of the last free parking spots at the Old Town Trolley Main Depot (167 San Marco Ave). The day was cloudy, but the forecast said it wouldn’t start raining until around 3 PM – plenty of time to enjoy the tour.
(There are two other free parking lots at 1700 Ponce Blvd and 1305 N Ponce De Leon Blvd. The parking lot at 27 San Marco Ave is discounted parking)
Even though I had purchased my tickets online the night before through Viator, I still was required to swipe my e-ticket for a physical trolley tour ticket. I had purchased my ticket through a 3-party vendor, so there was additional paperwork I had to fill out at the ticket booth.
After taking a seat to wait for the next trolley, I decided to study the brochure that I was given to me at the ticket booth. I decided to get back in line to purchase the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park ticket ($16.00).
Several other tours on the brochure had engaging titles but since no details were outlining what each tour was about I wasn’t comfortable spending any more money.
What I loved about the tour
The trolley leaves the depot every 15 minutes. At each stop, you get to learn a little bit more about the city of St Augustine. It’s almost like you’re riding in a time machine. The tour guide/driver gives a lecture on historic St. Augustine, directing our attention to important points of interest.
I loved it! It was sweltering and muggy on the day I did the tour. It’s been so hot in Florida – in the 90s! The thought of walking around in the humid heat almost stopped me from going on this day. The trolley was covered, with no sides and elevated. Every once in awhile, I would catch an ocean breeze that felt amazing.
Here are some more reasons why I think you should check out the Old Town Trolley Tours St Augustine:
- It is a great way to get around St Augustine.
- The fact that I could park for free is a bonus. Trying to find street parking is a battle and can take up precious time hunting for a spot (most street parking is on a meter).
- I made a stop at the San Sebastian Winery and was able to take the trolley back to the parking lot so that I could store my wine purchase in my car. I then hopped back on to do more shopping, more eating, and more exploring. It was a great day.
- Great customer service! The tour guide passed out free rain ponchos because it started to look like rain. At each ticket booth that we encountered along the way – the staff waved and asked if we were doing okay. Those are special touches that will keep me coming back for more.
Tips for Old Town Trolley Tours St Augustine
- It’s cheaper to purchase your ticket directly at either Old Town Trolley Tours St Augustine website or one of their ticket booths in St. Augustine. Click here for more information. The cost online and at the ticket booth is $25.26. You will save about $2.31 by not using a 3-party vendor.
- Old Town Trolley Tours St Augustine begin their tours at 9:00 AM. I recommend getting there at this time so you can snag you a free park.
- Before purchasing a ticket, go to the ticket booth and ask for their brochure. The brochure list additional attractions, tours and discount packages available for purchase (be sure to turn the brochure over – discount packages are on the other side). It can be a little intimidating choosing additional attraction tickets with a long line behind you. So do your homework first before buying.
- Bring cash to tip the tour guide – they do an excellent job bringing the city’s history to life.
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St Augustine Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour$28.07
Worth the money8.0/10
- Free parking
- Hop-on Hop-off
- Free shuttle to beach
- Discount if purchase ticket directly
- offers packages if you add on attractions
- Hassle if ticket purchased from 3rd party
- Can get pricey if you paid through 3rd vendor and want to add on other attractions
- Discount packages not really explained