Looking for Family fun? Here’s a Trip Itinerary for You
St. Augustine, Fla. (January 2018) Last year Budget Travel magazine editors selected St. Augustine as one of the top 12 destinations when traveling with toddlers, tweens and teens. There are many attractions and tours that are free or cost $10 or less. So you can plan an inexpensive itinerary.
History & HeritageLittle legs 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.
To experience the history of St. Augustine visit attractions such as the Oldest Wooden School House, this is more than 200 years old. Conquer the castle at 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.
Take a break. A popsicle from The Hyppo makes for a sweet treat.
Then catch a tour at the nearby Colonial Quarter. Climb the watchtower for a great view of the Castillo and the bay.
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 Ocean 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’s also plenty of shady picnic areas and restrooms.
Have lunch just steps from the beach at Salt Life Food Shack or Sunset Grille, where flip-flops over loafers are the preferred footwear.
Make it a daring 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.
Gather the family for dinner at the World Famous Oasis restaurant on A1A where you’ll find a seat next to locals. 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 & PrivateersThe St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is fun for kids and adults. This hands-on museum transports you back in time to the Golden Age of piracy. See a real treasure chest and fire a cannon.
You have plenty of options for lunch including Pizzalley’s, Hot Shot Bakery & Café or the Spanish Bakery. After lunch join a Kids Krew Tour. Specifically designed for families and kids, a professional tour guide will lead you on a 30-minute walking tour through the historic streets of downtown as you master pirate skills like looking through a real spyglass and learning how to use a compass.
As the sun sets climb aboard the Black Raven Pirate Ship. 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 more information on events, activities, holiday getaways 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.