Looking for Family fun? Here’s a Trip Itinerary for You
St. Augustine, Fla. - Budget Travel magazine editors selected St. Augustine as one of the top 12 destinations when traveling with toddlers, tweens, and teens. Many attractions are free or cost under $10, meaning you can plan an inexpensive itinerary for the whole family.
Choose among several family-focused lodgings on Florida’s Historic Coast, including Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites, Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beachfront Resort, or the Bayfront Inn in St. Augustine’s Historic District. For big families, the TRYP by Wydham offers large rooms and suites. For a complete list of lodging deals on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit floridashistoriccoast.com/family-deals.
History & Heritage
Experience the history of St. Augustine by visiting attractions like the Oldest Wooden School House, where kids can learn how schools operated over 200 years ago. Then visit the Castillo de San Marcos and immerse your family in Spanish history by talking to reenactors and watching musket drills and a cannon firing demonstration.
Grab a light lunch at the Spanish Bakery Café. Fresh baked breads and traditional Spanish flavors include Empanadas, picadillo, sausage rolls, fresh soups, and fresh baked traditional cinnamon, almond, and lemon cookies. Relax while you eat in the bakery’s exquisite garden.
Give those little legs a break and hop aboard an Old Town Trolley or Ripley’s Sightseeing Train, which visits more than 20 stops around St. Augustine. Either option includes access to attractions like the Old Jail and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, making it an ideal form of transportation and a great value.
Try a popsicle from The Hyppo before continuing your adventure. Fresh and Delicious!
Catch an adventure tour at the nearby Colonial Quarter. Climb the watchtower for a great view of the Castillo on the bay or enjoy costumed demonstrations along the brick-paved streets. Dinner is convenient at the St. Augustine Seafood Co., adjacent to the Colonial Quarter and the Colonial Oak Music Park where there are free concerts Thursday – Sunday. The restaurant has partnered with local fishermen and markets to provide the highest quality shrimp, fish, and oysters direct from the sea to table.
With more than 42 miles of white, sandy beaches to choose from, a beach day along Florida’s Historic Coast is a must. Younger children can enjoy the splash pad at St. Johns County Pier Park. Anastasia State Park is a favorite beach among locals. The 1,600-acre Florida State Park teems 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 to ensure a comfortable stay.
Have a beachside lunch at Salt Life Food Shack or Sunset Grille, where flip-flops are the preferred footwear.
Dare to explore in the afternoon at the Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. In addition to hundreds of alligators and crocodiles, there are curious lemurs, colorful birds and the lumbering giant tortoises. A new exhibit features a pair of Hoffman’s two-toed sloths to intrigue young eyes.
Dine among locals for a family dinner at the World Famous Oasis Restaurant on A1A. Try the signature burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and an adult treat from the raw bar.
End the day at Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf for a little friendly competition.
Pirates & Privateers
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is fun for all ages kids and adults. This interactive museum transports you back in time to the Golden Age of piracy, featuring real maritime artifacts like treasure chests and cannons.
Choose from among many options for lunch, including Pizzalley’s, O.C. White’s Seafood & Meehan’s on the Bay. Then climb aboard the Black Raven Pirate Ship as the sun sets. A replica of a Spanish Galleon 74’, this 127-passenger ship features pirate shows performed by some of the best professional pirate actors in the State of Florida.
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 information call 1.800.653.2489 or go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com. Check us out on Twitter @FlHistoricCoast on Instagram @FloridasHistoricCoast and @ViajaSanAgustin on Facebook.com/OfficialStAugustine and Facebook.com/ViajaSanAgustin. #StAugustine #PonteVedra #FloridasHistoricCoast #ViajaSanAgustin