A parent's idea of vacation is not always the same as their kids' idea of a vacation, but a trip to the historic city of St. Augustine fits the bill for both.
This year marks the city's 450th anniversary of being the oldest, continuously occupied municipality in the United States. So right now, hometown pride is at a high and many of St. Augustine's attractions are having special events and offers for visitors.
St. Augustine's narrow city streets, dense with shops and eateries, are perfect for wandering on foot. Influences from its Spanish, British and American Colonial past are everywhere in the architecture and street design. The city's core has been active since the 1600s and the oldest house still standing dates back to the 1700s
Families can learn about pirate history, see cool re-enactments at the Spanish-built Castillo de San Marcos and explore shops tucked along Aviles and St. George Streets. And, of course, there is the beach.
Miles of sandy shores plus natural areas such as Anastasia State Park create loads of outdoor activities from playing in the surf to wildlife viewing, biking and fishing.
There is so much to see, we've narrowed down the best options for getting a sense of St. Augustine's spirit. Here are some great ways, in no particular order, to make the most of your visit.
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