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.
The ultimate way to experience the history of St. Augustine is with a visit to 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 living history interpreters and see musket drills and cannon fire.
Potter's Wax Museum, the oldest wax museum in the country features life sized recreations ranging from Roman Centurions to celebrities and political leaders.
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 are plenty of shady picnic areas and restrooms.
St. Augustine Beach named a Top 15 Best Family Beach Vacation in the U.S.
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The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club was voted America’s Best Family Hotel by Travel + Leisure readers and offers year-round children’s activities like arts & crafts and movies, as well as a summer camp June through August.
Grab a simple lunch in the garden of 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.
Head to Old Town for an ice cream sandwich from Peace Pie or try a popsicle from The Hyppo which makes for a sweet treat.