Take the tour that earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence
Within the coquina walls of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a vivid recreation of how people lived in the years after Florida became a new territory of the United States, and then a state. Our guides are experts on that colorful period in St. Augustine’s past. Travel back in time with them as you tour our rooms and learn about the intrepid, sophisticated women who owned the property and operated it as an exclusive inn, as well as the visitors who wintered with them from the 1830s through the 1850s.
This unique house museum is a dynamic learning project. As historical research, archaeological exploration and advanced structural analysis continue, it continues to provide new information about St. Augustine’s first tourism boom.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
Tours are approximately 45 minutes long
Please Call To Schedule Groups of 10 or More
* Days and/or times subject to change due to hosting special events. Please call ahead to confirm times.
Museum Closed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas
“If you love history on a small, intimate scale, this is your kind of tour.” ~ a visitor from Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
Two blocks south of the Plaza at 20 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Corner lot at St. George Street and Artillery Lane or anywhere near the Plaza
We’re on the train and trolley tours!
“Just take a walk on the South side of the Plaza down Aviles Street and you will discover the real charm of St. Augustine.” ~ a visitor from Ponte Vedra, Florida
Visitor Center / Gift Shop
The Visitor Center faces Aviles Street at the back of the courtyard. Start here with a video preview that recreates the experience of St. Augustine tourists in the 1800s and sets the scene for your guided tour of the House. Also on view is a display of artifacts found on the grounds, including the 17th century rare and exquisite Caravaca Cross excavated in 2002. Sterling silver and gold replicas of the Caravaca Cross, as well as gifts, books, postcards and our famous fig preserves and orange marmalade (made from fruit grown on the property) are available in the adjacent gift shop.
Mailing address: 28 Cadiz Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Explore South of the Plaza
Discover the real charm of St. Augustine
The area immediately south of St. Augustine’s central plaza is the oldest historic district in North America. The Spanish chose this high ground for a settlement in 1572, and it has been continuously occupied ever since. Today, South of the Plaza is picturesque, vibrant, dotted with highly rated bed & breakfasts and eateries, and a welcome surprise for those who venture beyond the more congested parts of town.
- Aviles Street The oldest platted street in North America, home to some of the city’s most unique shops and a number of quaint, European-style restaurants, most with outdoor seating. See more
- Ximenez-Fatio House Museum Start your South of the Plaza adventure with a tour of this perennial TripAdvisor favorite. Authentically restored and interpreted, the 1798 coquina house was St. Augustine’s finest guest lodging during its first tourism boom in the mid 1800s.
- Lightner Museum Built in the Spanish Renaissance style by Henry Flagler in 1887 as the Alcazar Hotel, it contains three floors of relics from America’s Gilded Age.
- The Spanish Military Hospital Museum The institution that gave Aviles its original name of Hospital Street
- González-Alvarez House Now part of a museum complex run by the St. Augustine Historical Society and the University of Florida, Florida’s oldest house dates to the early 1700s.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Convent & O’Reilly House Museum The historic motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Florida and a 1691 building that houses records and artifacts that date from 1866, the year nuns from this order traveled from France to teach children of freed slaves in St. Augustine.
- St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library A repository of knowledge about the Oldest City
- St. Francis Barracks Built between 1724 and 1755; now the Florida State Arsenal and headquarters of the Florida National Guard
- St. Augustine Art Association Gallery
- The southern sea wall extension A great place to stroll by day or enjoy a sunset at day’s end