St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Castillo de San Marcos
Peacocks grace the grounds of the Fountain of Youth and are a delight visitors.
The Vortex at Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Alligators and other wildlife amaze visitors at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
St. Augustine beach is a beautiful place to kick back and take in the sun.
3-day itinerary for Florida's Family Friendly Coast!
The kid-friendly city of St. Augustine, Florida is the perfect destination for a getaway with your whole family. From Marineland Dolphin Adventure to Cap's on the Water — St. Augustine has a variety of family-friendly things to do, and places to eat and stay!
To explore all 42 beautiful miles of beaches on Florida’s Historic Coast in one playful vacation is going to take some planning. So we’ve done it for you with plenty of ideas for an unforgettable beach getaway with the family!
Day 1: Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach
Grab the kids and cruise south on the 20-mile scenic road between the ocean and the Intracoastal. Get a wildlife education at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, a protected habitat for countless native species. Then walk one of the trails surrounded by natural scrub and oak trees.
Ready for a bite to eat on a beautiful sunny day? Head to Beaches at Vilano for a lively toes-in-the-sand waterside lunch. Afterward stroll along the Vilano Beach pier, and take a family photo with the Big Blue Bird.
Beach time! Vilano is ideal for shelling, skim-boarding, surfing and surf-fishing. Visitors can even park right on the beach. North of the jetty you'll find ocean waves, or venture south for the calmer bay at Porpoise Point. Watch for dolphins and view the stunning historic downtown St. Augustine across the water.
Tonight, celebrate at Cap’s On the Water. Kick back and grab dinner with the kids, and indulge in a Sunset Martini made with St. Augustine Distillery vodka for yourself.
Day 2: St. Augustine Beach Area
The iconic Bridge of Lions is your gateway to St. Augustine Beach, recently named one of the country’s best beaches by TripAdvisor. With its rare quaint charm, the pace is free-and-easy but adventures also abound. Catch the sunrise then have breakfast at The Oasis.
Discover local products (datil peppers!) at the Farmer’s Markets at the St. Johns Pier Park on Wednesdays or St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturdays. Create a picnic from your purchases at the farmer’s market and head to Lighhouse Park where you’ll find a picnic table in the shade — perfect for a quiet family lunch outside.
Later revel in live music and spectacular views at Salt Life Seafood Shack, one of only a few restaurants in town to have a raw bar and sushi along with typical casual fare.
After dark, rock out at a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Day 3: Crescent Beach, Butler Beach and Marineland
After breakfast at Red Frog and McToad’s, go to Fort Matanzas National Monument. Your free admission includes the ferry to the centuries old fort to witness a cannon firing and bask in stories of Spanish explorers.
For lunch, head to local favorite South Beach Grill right on Crescent Beach. Try the Minorcan Clam Chowder made with Datil peppers — served exclusively in the North Florida area. Walk off lunch at nearby historic Butler Beach.
Spend the afternoon at Marineland Dolphin Adventure where you’ll have an up close encounter with dolphins – even swim with them. Learn about the venue’s colorful history and their current marine research and rehabilitation efforts.
Have dinner where the locals go. Terra & Acqua serves up modern, northern Italian cuisine made with the freshest locally-farmed ingredients.
Tonight play at Fiesta Falls Miniature golf or perhaps take in music by talented local performers at Café 11.