A town like St Augustine is great to explore with kids because there are so many sights and fun things to do around every corner. We didn’t do half of what we could have, but we still did a ton. Every town or city has its must-see sights. In NYC you’ve got the Statue of Liberty, San Diego has the zoo. St Augustine has…um, too many sights to count. We’re going to share six of them with you and soon you too will want to be strolling through historic St Augustine too, and if you’re already planning a #LoveFL trip, you need to add Florida’s historic coast to the schedule.
Castillo de San Marcos – we’ve written a whole article just about it because it’s so cool, but as a recap: the castillo (fort) was built in the 1600s and is in really great shape. A good portion of it is wheelchair accessible and all of it is fun for kids. The fort is directly on the water, so the views are incredible, and then across the street is the Spanish Colonial Quarter. This is a great place to start your day in historic St Augustine. Alott 1.5 hours for the Castillo de San Marcos. Cost: $0 w/ National Parks Pass or check NPS site.
Pirate and Treasure Museum – we’ll tell you upfront, we need to go back to it when the kids are older. We entered and our oldest (four years old) was a little…cautious from the start. Immediately, the flickering lights, scary pirate pictures and weapons… and then the talking decapitated head, um, it was all too much. We actually had to run out of the museum carrying screaming, terrified kids. Yeah, it’s meant for older kids and adults. What we did see looked pretty cool, but we can’t say for sure. If you’ve been, let us know! We’d love to hear about somebody else’s experience. Cost: $13 for adults and $8 for kids, but check site to confirm.
Colonial Spanish Quarter – if you’ve been following our blog, you know that we’re suckers for history, and the Quarter is great for experiencing it. Particularly for seeing living history. If you’re going through the actual Colonial Quarter Museum, it’s perfect for learning and having weird fun. When we say weird fun, what we mean is that it’s really entertaining to see town-life of days gone by happening before you. We got to see how a ship was built, experience a working blacksmith shop and learn about loading and firing muskets. It was pretty cool.