History tends to repeat itself, which means there's a good chance you'll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
$24 for an Archaeologist-Guided Lost-Ships Tour ($48 Value)
During each 90-minute Archaeo tour, archaeologists share tales of ships lost off the coast of St. Augustine—and the work they do to bring the treasures and stories that sank with them back to life. The history buffs lead groups of up to 25 through areas that are normally off-limits to the public, such as the maritime-archaeology lab facilities, where guests marvel at centuries-old artifacts in the process of being cleaned and stabilized. Then, a multimedia presentation outlines the underwater investigations off St. Augustine's coast.
After the tour, guests can stick around to hear more stories from the archaeologist and enjoy a complimentary drink from the cash bar. Then, they'll have time to browse the museum's exhibits and climb the lighthouse to make the biggest shadow puppets of their lives.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
The St. Augustine Lighthouse has been keeping its luminous eye on the Atlantic’s endless horizon since 1874. In the 130 years since, the tower of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron has served as the home of light keepers, a beacon to sailors, and a target of arson, eventually benefiting from a 15-year restoration project that commenced in 1980. Today, a staff of historians and protectors is eager to share the rich history of the nation's oldest port, not only through education and preservation but also by letting guests explore.
Visitors can scale the 165-foot, black-and-white lighthouse's 219 steps to the bright-red observation deck to catch breathtaking views of St. Augustine and spot gangs of dolphins making trouble by the shore. Lens-room tours allow up-close access to the regularly off-limits Fresnel lens, built in 1873, which weighs 2,000 pounds and shepherds ships with a light that radiates for 25 miles on a clear night. The clink of champagne glasses adds an element of glamour to Sunset Moonrise events, whereas Dark of the Moon tours let guests in after-hours to hear the tales of paranormal activity that earned the lighthouse a feature on Ghost Hunters.