St. Augustine is such a wonderful place to raise a family. From our excellent schools to our safe neighborhoods, this sleepy little town by the sea has a lot to offer to a parent looking for only the best for their children. Not only will your kiddo’s needs be fulfilled, but they will also have a blast living in the Ancient City! There is so much to see and do around town. Here are 7 of the best activities to do with your family in St. Augustine.
As you may know, St. Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in North America. Colonial Quarter pays homage to this time period with an immersive step back into history. This living museum depicts 1740s colonial St. Augustine. It features live musket demos, blacksmithing displays, and a living history tour. It quite literally feels like you’ve taken a step back into the early days of the city. Colonial Quarter also offers fine dining, free concerts, and options to host events.
Who doesn’t love mini-golf! Enjoy 18 holes of fun at Fiesta Falls Mini Golf. Located near St. Augustine Beach on the grounds of La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites, this classic family attraction will definitely become a weekend favorite. Games typically last from 45 minutes to an hour. You can also host birthdays and special events here
St. Augustine and the surrounding area offer so much natural beauty. Take it all in with a Sea Seprant Tours airboat adventure! Captain Mike Blount and his daughter Captain Becca team up to guide you and your family through the waterways of historic St. John’s River and its tributaries. You’ll learn lots of fun facts about the local ecosystem and have the experience of a lifetime with your children!
Dolphins and Florida are pretty much synonymous. Get to know our chatty, intelligent neighbors of the sea at Marineland Dolphine Adventures! Featuring a 1.3 million-gallon series of dolphin habitats, it’s the world’s first oceanarium. There are three different experiences to choose from when it comes to swimming with the dolphins: Royal Swim, Swim Adventure, and Dolphin Encounter. You can also opt for options such as Dolphin Meet & Greet, Dolphin Designs, and Dolphin Trainer for a Day. Marineland has other residents such as sea turtles and sand tiger sharks you and your family can meet and learn more about too!
If you’re craving more time with the creatures of the sea, head on over to St. Augustine Aquarium. They are an outdoor, open-air facility that offers a truly special, up-close experience with their animals. Marine biologists offer guided tours and guests can snorkel with hundreds of Florida reef fish and rays – gear included! St. Augustine Aquarium is located .7 mile east of Route 95 off of the 318 exit.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned trip to the arcade to get the kiddos excited! Anastasia Island’s Arcade Museum is a true St. Augustine gem. It’s like stepping back into the 80s – classic pinball, video games, mechanical arcade machines, and all! They offer 30 machines as well as a jukebox. The best part? It’s all free play! Be sure to try one of their craft sodas before you go.
Legends of old spoke of a Fountain of Youth in the vast expanse of the New World. Today you can visit it – well, at least a depiction of it! Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park commemorates the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. You and the family can learn more about Juan Ponce de Leon and his quest to find the magical waters. The Fountain of Youth also pays tribute to the tragic history of the first inhabitants of the land, the Timucua civilization. It’s a fascinating immersive look into the past.