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Cool Things to Do with the Kids in St. Augustine

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. 

Just south of St. Augustine, this former 1930s estate purchased by wealthy New Yorkers is now a beautiful state park that features an undeveloped beach on one side of A1A and a botanical garden on the riverside of the highway. On the...  Read More

St. Augustine's first lighthouse was actually a watchtower built by the settlement's founder, Pedro Menendez, in 1565. Since that time, the lighthouse has been rebuilt and additions made to suit the seafaring needs of the day. Today it is a...  Read More

Historic Downtown

We all know wax museums are a little hokey, but that's why they are so much fun. And now in the age of the selfie, Potter's offers some good opportunities to get some serious likes on FaceBook and Instagram. Figures include Star Wars...  Read More

With the purchase of "The Buccaneers of America," a book by Alexander Exquemelin, museum founder Pat Croce's passion for pirates was ignited. His passion turned into collecting real pirate paraphernalia. The St. Augustine Pirate &...  Read More

Historic Downtown

Like many port cities, often the best way to see it is from the water. What makes the double-mast Freedom special is that it's an authentic replica of a 19th century sailboat. Master sailors guide the vessel, so those fancy sails are not...  Read More

What kid could resist a gaggle of toothy 'gators? One of Florida's oldest visitor attractions, The St. Augustine Alligator Park is more than 100 years old. The park has a magnificent display of fearsome alligators and crocodiles, as well as...  Read More

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At this accredited and scientific marine research center, guests can choose from several interactive programs that allow them to meet the resident dolphins. Packages range from simply viewing the dolphins to actually getting to swim with...  Read More

Anastasia State Park

Sink your toes into four miles of white sand beaches and explore the salt marshes teeming with wildlife. Bird enthusiasts will love checking species off their life list with pink spoonbills in the marshes, bald eagles and many types of heron...  Read More

There is no way families should leave this out of your St. Augustine itinerary. The impressive fort which dominates the water front of the Old City was built by the Spanish from 1672-1695 is the oldest stone fortress in the continental...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Colonial Quarter
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This interactive museum gives kids and adults alike a view of the Colonial period--both Spanish and English. Activities include musket drills, blacksmith demonstrations, sailing ship construction and historical accounts from entertaining...  Read More