Disclosure: St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau provided my family will passes to visit various places throughout the city. As always, opinions are my own!
We visited St. Augustine for the very first time and had a blast! Oh my goodness, there are so many things to do there for families. SO MANY THINGS! My favorite part about this city is that there is so much history. That is another reason why it’s great to bring your kids- they learn so much!
- Castillo de San Marcos
This is the oldest fort in the United States. I totally didn’t know that, ya’ll. It was so cool to tour through and see how they used to live. And they have people dressed like they used to and will answer questions for you. They also do canon rounds. The kids loved it. Here are a few pictures…
Just be careful when you are on the upper level. There aren’t guard rails or anything so hold your kid’s hands!
- Pirate and Treasure Museum
Oh my goodness, so much fun! The kids loved it. The rooms made us feel like we were on an actual pirate ship. They have interactive spots where kids can “light a cannon” or listen to pirate tales. So fun! They also have a treasure hunt for the kids. Here are a few of our pictures…
- Colonial Quarter
The Colonial Quarter is right on George St. which is one of the main streets in town. There are shops and restaurants and lots of things to do. But the Colonial Quarter is a lot of fun so stop in and check it out. You will get to see history demonstrations and get a glimpse of what life was like back in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in St. Augustine.
- St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
This lighthouse is open to the public to see the beautiful city of St. Augustine from up high. Remember when you bring the kids that you will be climbing a bunch of stairs (219 to be exact) so keep that in mind when you are planning. It’s a great experience you will definitely want to check out.
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm
I think this one kind of speaks for itself in awesomeness. An Alligator Farm! You can see so many various kinds of reptiles, birds and even monkeys. So much fun!
- Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf
Take a break from museums and head over to play a game of miniature golf with the kids! The kids will love it!
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is so fun. There are SO many unique things to look at. Lots of pictures made out of food or things- it is really neat! The kids loved this one too. There were a lot of fun interactive displays. Maggie’s favorite was the tunnel you walk through and it makes you feel like you are spinning. It was hilarious to see her walk through that. Here are a few pictures of our time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not…
- Dolphin Conservation Center at Marineland
You can swim with dolphins at Marineland and do other super fun hands-on activities. They had me at “swim with dolphins!!” How cool is that?!
- Ponte Vedra Beach
If you are visiting Florida you will of course want to hit the beach! Head over to Ponte Vedra for the beach experience! Kids will love playing in the sand and swimming.
- Davis Park
Davis Park has a playground for the kids so they can get all their energy out! There is also a dog park and concessions if you are hungry.
I think one thing I really like about a lot of the attractions is that they aren’t huge, so you have time to do a couple in one day. We did three attractions in one day and had so much fun and weren’t even that tired at the end of the day. There is so much to do that you could spend weeks at St. Augustine, but if you are just there for a weekend you can still fit tons of fun things into your trip.
For more information about St. Augustine and the attractions visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau.