10 tips to make the most of visiting Flagler College

Birdseye view of Ponce and campus
February 29, 2024
By Anna Boone
Searching for a college with a stunning campus, rich history, and vibrant student life? Look no further than Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Whether you’re a prospective student, a parent, or just a curious visitor, you’ll find plenty to see and do on and around the Flagler College campus. Here are some tips to help you plan an unforgettable visit: 

Before You Arrive 

  1. Register for a Campus Visit or Admission Event 

Experience Flagler College first-hand by taking a guided tour with a current student. Register for a Daily Visit Experience, open to prospective and admitted students and their families. You’ll learn more about the College and our admissions process while getting to picture your Flagler experience through the eyes of our friendly Student Ambassador tour guides.  

You can also register for special events like the upcoming Campus Visit Day on March 2 or the Admitted Students Day on April 19. Once you’ve registered for tour or special event and you’re ready to plan your trip to St. Augustine, take advantage of this additional Travel Information from the Office of Admissions. 

  1. Plan Your Parking 

St. Augustine’s layout, designed for foot traffic in 1565, can make parking challenging. 

downtown parking garage

Paid parking lots are located throughout the downtown area and on-street parking is available in many areas (metered/ pay station). On-street parking ($2.50 per hour) is enforced with a four-hour limit, Monday-Saturday, excluding national holidays. 

The closest metered parking is one block from the Main Entrance (74 King Street) on Granada Street behind the Lightner Museum. 

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility at 10 S. Castillo Drive is open 24/7 and conveniently located near major attractions. 


When you’re on campus 

  1. Visit the Ponce de Leon Hall 

The former Hotel Ponce de Leon, now a National Historic Landmark, is the heart of Flagler College. Marvel at the Spanish Renaissance-inspired

Lewis the Lion posing in front of the Ponce gates

 architecture, Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows, and grand dining hall. 

Learn more about the Ponce by registering for a Historic Tour

  1. Explore the Ringhaver Student Center 

Ringhaver Student Center is the social hub of Flagler’s vibrant campus life. The Student Center houses The Bistro, a small food court featuring Chick-Fil-A and Bento Sushi as well as a Recreation room decked out with ping-pong/ pool tables and video game stations. If you stop by on a cool evening, check out the cozy fire pit on the Student Center back patio.  

  1. Learn about student health & safety resources 

As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is safe and happy at college. Flagler College prioritizes student well-being, offering comprehensive Health Services, Counseling Services, as well as Safety & Security. Take advantage of your time on campus to learn more about the value of these services.  

  1. Consult the Admissions and Financial Aid Staff 

For questions about admissions, academic requirements, scholarships, or financial aid, consult the knowledgeable staff at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. They can provide you with the information and guidance you need to make the best decision for your child.  


While you’re in town 

  1. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos 

Explore the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., a symbol of St. Augustine’s rich history. It’s as easy as taking a self-guided tour of

students strolling St. George Street

 Castillo de San Marcos or enjoying the views of the bay and the city from the ramparts. You may even be able to watch a cannon firing demonstration.  

  1. Stroll Along St. George Street 

Saint George Street is the main pedestrian street in St. Augustine’s historic district. It’s the ideal stretch to shop, dine, and soak up the atmosphere. You’ll find a variety of shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants, offering everything from souvenirs and antiques to ice cream and pizza. Take notice as you stumble upon some of the oldest buildings in the city, like the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and the Colonial Quarter.  

  1. Enjoy Florida’s First Coast 

Flagler-decorated water bottle resting in sand at beach

While visiting St. Augustine, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore our breath-taking beaches. Anastasia State Park offers four miles of pristine shoreline, perfect for sunbathing and water sports, while St. Augustine Beach boasts a fishing pier, volleyball courts, and a kid’s plash pad for a well-rounded beach day. 


  1. Capture your memories 

As you explore the beautiful Flagler College campus and historic St. Augustine, take time to capture your memories. Whether it’s a selfie in front of Ponce de Leon Hall or a snapshot of the ancient streets, these photos will serve as a reminder of your visit and the potential for your future at Flagler College. 

When you share photos from your visit to Flagler's stunning campus and charming college town of St. Augustine, don't forget to tag us @flaglercollege on Instagram, mention us at FlaglerCollege on Facebook, and engage with us using the signature hashtag, #flaglermakes Because at Flagler- you can carve your path, envision your future, and make history.