Solano Cycle. Here you can rent bicycles, scooters, and "scoot coups," which look like the offspring of a scooter and a bumper car and are $49 for the first hour (one-hour minimum) and $69 for two. 32 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL, 32084. 904/825–6766.

Boat Tours

EcoTours. Amidst America's most enduring human history, EcoTours investigates St. Augustine's natural history. Scenic cruises, kayak tours, and catamaran excursions on Matanzas Bay offer a chance to see bottlenose dolphins, bird habitats, lakes, creeks, and saltwater marshes. Along the way are incredible photo ops of the city and the Castillo from the water. 111 Ave. Menendez, St. Augustine, FL, 32084. 904/377–7245.

The Pirate Ship Black Raven. Whether you prefer Captain Hook or Captain Jack Sparrow, it's a pirate's life for everyone aboard the Black Raven, even if you're only sailing on the Mantanzas River. This "floating performance theater" hosts live pirate shows that include sea chanties, black powder cannon firings, sword-fighting lessons for kids (with harmless foam blades), and treasure hunts on weekends. This is just entertainment, not historical education, so expect the jokes to be cheap and cheesy. However, the atmosphere's lively and the river's lovely. Kids can trade their "letters of marque" to get a share of the booty—if, that is, the crew and the kids can manage to get their treasure back from Blackbeard. There are also adults-only evening cruises—the ship includes a fully licensed bar, so grown-ups can live out the fantasy of "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum." Cruises can be cancelled for inclement weather, so call to check before making final travel plans. St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL, 32084. 904/826–0000 or 877/578–5050. $29.95.

Schooner Freedom. Cutting a sharp profile, this 72-foot replica of a 19th-century blockade-runner sails from the marina for excursions across Matanzas Bay. You can relax and savor the breeze, or you can help the crew prepare to set sail. There are two-hour day ($35 per person) and sunset ($45) sails as well as a 75-minute twilight/after dark sail ($35). Precise times vary by season. Reservations are advised. St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Ave. Menendez, Slip 86, St. Augustine, FL, 32084. 904/810–1010.


Tailin' Spots offers full- and half-day charters in addition to overnight and extended-stay trips. You won't need a license; the captain's license covers you.

Sea Love Charters. Tackle and bait are included on this outfit's half- or full-day deep-sea fishing trips. Cat's Paw Marina, 220 Nix Boat Yard Rd., St. Augustine, FL, 32084. 904/824–3328.


Greens fees at this Arnold Palmer–designed course 30 minutes south of downtown range from $35 to $45 depending on season; $26 for nine holes.

World Golf Village. The World Golf Hall of Fame complex has two 18-hole layouts named for and partially designed by golf legends Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. The King & Bear course, a collaboration of Palmer and Nicklaus, features a design that symbolizes the styles of both golfing legends, including holes that especially reward outstanding power of the tees. Palmer chose the Par-4 15th as one of his "Dream 18" in a Sports Illustrated report. It's the most picturesque hole on the course, with a dramatic rock wall surrounding the green. Snead and Sarazen consulted with designer Bobby Weed in creating the The Slammer & Squite course, which features generous fairways and lots of water hazards. Amenities for both courses include complimentary range balls and fresh chilled apples on the first and 10th tees. 1 World Golf Pl., St. Augustine, FL, 32092. 904/940–6100 Slammer & Squire; 904/940–6200 King & Bear. King & Bear, $169 for 18 holes; Slammer & Squire, $129 for 18 holes. King & Bear Course, 18 holes, 7,279 yards, par 72; Slammer & Squite Course, 18 holes, 6,939 yards, par 72.


Ron Parker Park. Roughly 3 miles southeast of downtown on A1A, this park has two lighted tennis courts and four paddleball courts. 607 Old Beach Rd., St. Augustine Beach, FL, 32080. 904/209–0333.

Treaty Park. Several miles southwest of downtown on U.S. 1, this park has six lighted tennis courts, as well as eight paddleball and eight racquetball courts—all of them are public and free. There's also a skate park with ramps and jumps, though it does require an entrance fee. 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine, FL, 32086. 904/209–0385.

Water Sports

Beneath huge canopies you can sit three abreast and soak in a commanding view of the city and the sea. Call in advance for weather conditions, and know that the higher the altitude, the higher the cost.

Surf Station. Here you can rent surfboards, skimboards, and bodyboards. 1020 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL, 32080. 904/471–9463 or 800/460–6394.