Florida’s Historic Coast: Traveling with Toddlers, Tweens and Teens
According to Parent magazine, St. Augustine is among the Top 5 Family Destinations that Mimic Your Dream Vacation. And nearby Ponte Vedra Inn & Club was named by Florida + Leisure magazine as the number one family hotel in America.
So 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
Historic attractions that keep little kids busy with interactive activities include the Pirate and Treasure Museum with its scavenger hunt, interactive pirate book, cannon firing, knot tying and immersive, surround sound pirate ship experience. At the Fountain of Youth, taste the water, feed a peacock, explore a Timucuan Indian village, and sift for artifacts in an archaeological dig. Check out the view from the 35-foot watchtower and feel the heat as the resident blacksmith works his metal at The Colonial Quarter.
Teens and Tweens Find Adventure
Teens and tweens will enjoy the many water sports on Florida’s Historic Coast. Paddle the waterways in your choice of a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) at Anastasia Water Sports. Or brave the waves with a surfing lesson. Feed the alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park and hunt for shark’s teeth at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. Take the 3D movie experience to the extreme at the World Golf Village IMAX Theater. After dark, check out all of St. Augustine’s haunted spots on a ghost tour adventure.
“Togetherness” Comes in All Forms
Adult members of the family 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. And speaking of wildlife, you can’t get much more in tune with nature than by swimming with the dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Florida Water Tours is a family-friendly tour aboard the Osprey pontoon boat with guides who teach you all about the ecosystem while you spot dolphins, native birds and other marine life.
Dads and Moms Can Enjoy Their Individual Hobbies
Dads will want to schedule time on the links at one of dozens of golf courses in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Then tour the World Golf Hall of Fame to see surprising artifacts from the Hall’s members and golf’s biggest names. The ladies can shop ‘til they drop at St. Augustine Outlets or St. Augustine Premium Outlets, or at any of the unique boutiques, vintage stores or antique shops in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Take a break from your busy family itinerary and pamper yourself at the Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club or Debbie’s Day Spa in St. Augustine.
Dining Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
Dining is plentiful and varied. There are plenty of casual options for families and restaurants serve up fresh local produce and seafood. Chefs create dishes inspired by the area’s diverse culture – Spanish, French, British, Greek and Minorcan - and menus satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. 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.