Florida’s Historic Coast: Traveling with Toddlers and Teens
St. Augustine, Fla – Parents magazine names St. Augustine among the Top 5 Family Destinations that Mimic Your Dream Vacation. Nearby Ponte Vedra Inn & Club was named as the number one family hotel in America by Florida + Leisure magazine. If you’re looking for a vacation that will satisfy your family members at every age, Florida’s Historic Coast is a guaranteed family-friendly destination.
Attractions keep little hands busy
Encourage your children to engage with history through interactive activities, such as the Pirate and Treasure Museum, complete with a scavenger hunt, interactive pirate book, cannon firing, knot tying, and immersive pirate ship experience. At the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, taste the water, feed a peacock, watch Spanish soldiers fire a cannon, explore a Timucuan Indian village, and sift for artifacts in an archaeological dig. Visit The Colonial Quarter to view the city from a 35-foot watchtower and feel the heat as the resident blacksmith works his metal.
Teens Find Adventure
Older children will enjoy the many water sports on Florida’s Historic Coast. Peruse the local waterways in a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). Or brave the waves with a surfing lesson. Experience the thrill of feeding alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, where you can zip line over the enclosures or visit the new Sloth Landing. Hunt for shark’s teeth at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach or enjoy the ultimate 3D movie at the World Golf Village IMAX Theater. After dark, check out St. Augustine’s haunted history on a ghost tour adventure.
“Togetherness” Comes in All Forms
Parents will love getting the family active together with a hike at Anastasia State Park or the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve, where you’ll see plenty of Florida wildlife. Get up close and personal with nature by swimming with the dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure.
Enjoy Your Individual Hobbies
Schedule some time at one of the golf courses at World Golf Village, and tour the World Golf Hall of Fame to see surprising artifacts from the Hall’s members and golf’s biggest names. Visit St. Augustine’s two outlet malls or at any of the unique boutiques, vintage stores or antique shops in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.
Dining Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
Florida’s Historic Coast has plenty of options when it comes to food. Choose from casual family dining to top-rated restaurants. Try dishes inspired by the diverse cultures of St. Augustine’s history, including Spanish, French, British, Greek, and Minorcan food. For families on the go trying to make the most of their vacation, there are plenty of fast casual options that provide a great mea at a good price.
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