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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.

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. Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant also has great options for kids, like fried shrimp, mac and cheese, and burgers. Of course, a meal is not complete without dessert. Head to Old Town for some ice cream after dinner — the little ones will love it!

Things to Do

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St. Augustine

On this site in 1565, the Spanish killed 245 French Huguenots in a struggle over control of Florida. In 1742, the Spanish built Fort Matanzas here, a small-fortified watchtower that guarded the...

St. Augustine

Potter's Wax Museum, the first wax museum in the U.S., is home to more than 160 different wax figures, including Potter's original collection-each one an authentic life-sized recreation of the men...

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Aquarium is an interactive experience focusing on education. Come and see hundreds of colorful reef fish, or better yet, snorkel with them! Wetsuit, mask and snorkel gear...

Visitor Center at Fort Mose Historic State Park
St. Augustine

The first free African settlement in North America and a premier site on the Florida Black Heritage trail. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered Fort Mose as a settlement for freed...

St. Augustine

St. Augustine’s “Original Chocolate Tour” led by Whetstone Chocolatiers. You will be introduced to the history and making of chocolate and the Whetstone story. A 4-tiered tasting distinguishes the...

St. Augustine

Built in 1891, the Old Jail was designed to look like a fine hotel (it has a front porch, and it's pink!), but a real frontier-era jail inside. Henry Flagler located the Queen Anne-style building...

RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ORIGINAL MUSEUM is at 19 San Marco Ave. The museum of oddities and curiosities opened here in 1950.
St. Augustine

For more than 50 years, visitors have enjoyed the original Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. Experience the museum that has created a sensation worldwide. More than 800 exhibits of unusual,...

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...

Ripple Effect Ecotours The Real Florida Kayak Tour
St. Augustine

A dedicated kayak touring company based in the Marineland Marina offering scheduled eco-tours in many of the state parks in Northeast Florida. All trips are two hours and no prior kayaking...

Viktor Zenko performing a levitation on the beach.
Nearby Areas

Whether you're staring in awe as Viktor Zenko floats an audience member above the stage, you're being mezmorized by his ability to manipulate a deck of playing cards, or you're laughing...

San Sebastian Winery
St. Augustine

A short audiovisual presentation; enjoy a guided walking tour of the production facility. You pass over the bottling line, sparkling wine production area, on to the Port and Cream Sherry in the...

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...