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St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Planning a family vacation in Florida? Try St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach!

St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach are home to family-friendly inns and resorts, activities and attractions for all ages, and dishes for even the pickiest palate. Traveling with kids is a breeze here! Some ideas to help you plan the best family vacation in Florida are below.

What to do: 

There are many family-friendly things to do in St. Augustine and the surrounding area. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers year-round children's activities like arts & crafts and movies, as well as a summer camp June through August. St. Augustine Alligator Farm lets you feed the gators, and kids can learn what school was like more than 200 years ago at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Little legs can get tired after a day of exploring, so hop on an Old Town Trolley or Ripley’s Sightseeing Train, which will take you to more than 20 stops around St. Augustine. Along with the ease of transportation, each gets you into attractions including the Old Jail and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, making it a great value. 

The ultimate way to experinece the history of St. Augustine is with a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. The fort was built to protect the city by the Spanish. Talk to the re-enactors and see musket drills and cannon fire. 

Enjoy a beach day! Florida’s Historic Coast has more than 42 miles of white, sandy beaches. If you have younger children, visit the splash pad at St. Johns County Pier Park. A local favorite is Anastasia State Park, a 1,600-acre Florida State Park with rich ecosystems and abundant wildlife. Within the park is Anastasia Watersports, which rents kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. There are plenty of shady picnic areas and restrooms.

Where to stay:

There are a variety of great family-friendly hotels and accommodations in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Previously mentioned Ponte Vedra Inn & Club was voted America’s Best Family Hotel by Travel + Leisure readers. If you're traveling with kids or catering to a larger group you may want a room equpped with a kitchenette and additional sleeper sofa. Try the Saint Augustine Beach House or rent a condo through Ocean Village Club.

Where to eat:

Sunset Grille is a great option for families. The resturant has a kids' menu and a fantastic view. St. Augustine Seafood Company also has great options for kids, like the fried shrimp basket and cheese quesadilla. Grab a simple lunch in the garden of the Spanish Bakery Café. Fresh baked breads and traditional Spanish flavors include Empandas, picadillo, sausage rolls, fresh soups and fresh baked traditional cinnamon, almond and lemon cookies. Of course, a meal is not complete without dessert. Head to Old Town for some ice cream or try a popsicle from The Hyppo which makes for a sweet treat. 

Things to Do

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The Pirate Ship Black Raven
St. Augustine

Take a Cruise on the Pirate Ship, Black Raven. Sing sea shantys with the pirates, search for treasured keepsakes in our gift shop and enjoy your favorite libations in our bar. The children will...

The sanctuary building of Memorial Presbyterian Church
St. Augustine

Built in 1889 and dedicated in March 1890, Memorial Presbyterian Church stands as a memorial not only to Henry Flagler's beloved daughter, Jennie Louise, but as a monument to Flagler's own faith...

St. Augustine

 

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is St. Johns County’s leading multi-purpose arts & recreation facility. This award-winning, state-of-the-art, 16-acre outdoor theatre includes 4,100...

The Woman's Exchange & Pena-Peck House
St. Augustine

Historic home, open for tours daily. Donations are expected and appreciated for the preservation of this historic home. For group tours, please call for rates and availability.  

Gift shop...

The Corazon Cinema and Cafe
St. Augustine

This renovated historic theater considered to be the oldest brick building in the city, opens at 11:30 am and serves food throughout the day and into the evening. Beer, Wine, Sangria, and...

St. Augustine

The Governor's House Cultural Center & Museum   has hosted many visitors as the residence site for governors of both Spain and England during the colonial centuries; the Florida capital and a...

TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse
Ponte Vedra Beach

 

The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass offers 13,000 sq. ft. of banquet and meeting space complemented by more than 3,250 sq. ft. of upper level terraces. Nineteen, Traditions and Champions are...

Maximo 15'3" Saltwater Crocodile
St. Augustine

Lush, tropical wildlife surrounds you. See every crocodilian species, the rare white alligator, exotic birds, reptiles and monkeys. Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Located two miles...

The 'Doctors Room'
St. Augustine

Recognized as one of the best preserved historic buildings in the city, this dwelling was renowned as an inn throughout the 19th century (c. 1798). The site features the area's only original...

St. Augustine

WE LIKE BEER! A lot. . . So, we thought, why not make some? Let's make it delicious. And let's give a shout out to this amazing city we live in and the history that makes it so rockin'. A few...

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Art Association has been promoting excellence in the arts since 1924. Located in the Historic District of the nation's oldest city, the Association produces monthly juried...

St. Augustine

The city's oldest & most trusted receptive tour operator, offering unparalleled service for both groups & individuals! Daily historic walking tours depart from our downtown office - We'll...