Florida has been one of the first states to progressively begin reopening phases, which means more businesses are operating in the St. Augustine and St. Johns County areas amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With the virus still lingering and social distancing orders in place, residents have been given permission to start safely venturing out and visiting these beautiful spots again as different parts of Florida enter various reopening phases.
If Beacon Lake residents decide to venture out of their homes, it is important that everyone takes extra health and safety measures while exploring. Here are a few spots that have reopened in St. Augustine and around St. Johns County:
Take a little coffee break in the heart of St. Augustine with a hot brew or handcrafted drink. The St. Augustine Coffee House is known for its Con Panna, which is espresso topped with whipped cream.
For safety measures, place an order and take you and your coffee on a nice, relaxing stroll while sipping on your favorite coffee and practicing social distancing.
Having officially opened back up on May 22, only a limited amount of people are able to enjoy an ultimate seasonal seafood meal, so it’s important you call beforehand to ensure the restaurant has not reached its maximum. This restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant and offers yummy kids’ menu options as well. St. Augustine Seafood Company is proudly taking extra safety measures to keep every customer happy and healthy.
Location: 33 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
This one-of-a-kind spot allows guests to visit and observe real alligators, native reptiles, and exotic birds among other creatures in a zoo-like atmosphere. Guests are offered the unique experience to zipline over the entire area and take in sweeping views. As a precaution, the alligator and zoological farm will be following all CDC safety and sanitization procedures and operating with a lower visitor capacity each day.
The Lighthouse and Maritime museum is well known as an essential part of St. Augustine’s history. Learn about the first wooden watch tower dating back to the late 1500s and then fast forward to a more modern Light Station that was built in the 1800s. When visiting, maintain your social distance and use the hand sanitizing stations around the museum as you and your family observe and perhaps touch a piece of history.
Learn about the history of the area from a paranormal point of view. Visitors have the option to take ghost tours, enjoy haunted pub crawls, and experience paranormal investigations. This is a great way to experience St. Augustine in a way that’s unique to tourists and locals alike. Due to COVID-19 precautions, guests are being offered private, small capacity tours.
Nearly every type of tea you can imagine is featured in this little shop. Happen to be feeling a little under the weather? This tea spot also has you covered with tons of wellness products designed to aid the body in areas such as boosting digestion and metabolism. Following safety practices, they are allowing lower visitor capacity so all customers can move around freely while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
After May 21st, not only have state parks begun their reopening phases for guests, but guests are now also able to go camping with additional precautionary measures in place. Fort Mose Historic State Park encompasses 40 acres and is a waterfront historic site, which used to be home to the first legally sanctioned free African settlement. Families can walk these historic grounds, have a safe, socially distanced picnic, or go birdwatching on the boardwalk.
With plenty of businesses, museums, and parks beginning to reopen their doors and welcoming the residents of St. Augustine, and St. Johns County, it is essential that everyone continues to follow and practice CDC’s recommended guidelines.