Summertime Family Fun on Florida's Historic Coast
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Florida’s Historic Coast is the perfect playground for surfing, swimming and playing in the sun. Include a family beach and waterfront experience with nature programs at a state park or take an eco-tour to learn more about the coastal estuaries.
In St. Augustine, kids enjoy living history, especially when it includes hands-on experiences at the Colonial Quarter where the Historic Adventure Tour takes visitors on a journey through three centuries of St. Augustine history. Kids will meet 18th century re-enactors at the Castillo de San Marcos. Get to watch cannon firings and hear stories about what it was like to serve in the Spanish colonial military. Other fascinating and fun experiences can be discovered at The Old Florida Museum, Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Each offers its own band of fun interactive experiences for kids to see and feel history.
Summer family vacations are more memorable when kids take part in one of the area’s many unusual summer camps. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, and Limelight Theatre, are among the attractions that offer unique programs and adventures for kids.
Lodging offers in the old city and at area seaside resorts are full of summertime family-fun. Here are just a few of the great deals to be found:
At St. Augustine Beach, the Hilton Garden Inn has great deals for families to enjoy the best of the beach, just minutes away from St. Augustine’s historic district. Summertime rates range from $116 to $229 – including breakfast for the entire family.
Enjoy a beachy-keen getaway at the Magic Beach Motel on Vilano Beach. Mid-week deals at this eclectic seaside motel provide the perfect stay for a family –fun retreat to the beach.
At the AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club families will find the best in resort vacations. Packages are designed just for families and include golf clinics, tennis lessons or surf lessons.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is a spectacular getaway for families. The resort’s One Suit Vacation Package provides a family suite at the Resort’s Villas and access to all resort amenities, including the Cabana Beach Club. Here you will discover a casual family atmosphere where kayaks, boogie boards, surf lessons, and sail craft are available. The resort even has summer camps, surf camps and swim lessons. Restaurants, lounges, public areas and meeting space have recently received the redo treatment. Renovations include a pool resurfacing, lighting, built-in fire pits for s’mores at the main resort; and the addition of The American Gator Club restaurant offering enhanced views of the 13th hole of the TPC® Sawgrass’ legendary golf course - The Stadium Course.
For a complete list of summer-time family getaway offers visit www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com/family.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.