Wednesday, 17 August 2016

10 Family-Friendly Things to Do in St. Augustine

There are so many reasons to love living in St. Augustine, just like there are so many reasons to visit if you’re from out of town. With a city that is rich in history, it boasts impressive landmarks as well as beautiful beaches. The options are endless when it comes to finding family-friendly things to do and deciding which places to see, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are St. Augustine’s ten best attractions.

10. St. Augustine Lighthouse

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The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is devoted to helping people learn more about the nation’s Oldest Port, through educational activities, local and national preservations efforts, and maritime archaeological explorations.

9. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

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Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. First explored in 1513, there is so much history to be seen here, making it a must-see attraction in St. Augustine.

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8. Old St. Johns County Jail

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The Old St. Johns County Jail was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1891, it served as the St. Johns County Jail until 1953. Now it’s a museum that showcases the restored jail, along with old sheriff living quarters.

7. Whetstone Chocolate Factory

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If you have a sweet tooth, take a tour of St. Augustine’s beloved Whetstone Chocolate Factory. Owners Henry and Esther Whetstone took their homemade fudge recipe and made it into a fully-fledged chocolate business, and we’re all thankful for that.

6. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum offers interactive exhibits that transport visitors to the time of pirates and adventures at sea. In this museum, guests can experience what it was like to be a pirate in the famed Port Royal, Jamaica.

5. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo

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Aside from the reptile wildlife and informative tours found at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo, you can zip across Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction. There is so much to see here, no wonder it’s a favorite attraction for both kids and adults.

4. Potter’s Wax Museum

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The surreal experience you’ll discover at Potter’s Wax Museum can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Surround yourself with life-like wax figures of all your favorite celebrities and political figures. It makes for a great photo op!

3. Old Town Trolley Tours

The Key West Custom House was built in 1891 and served many purposes including post office, court house and government center.

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In a historical place like St. Augustine, the best way to see the sights is by taking a trolley tour around the city. The Old Town Trolley Tours take place all year so that you can take in the old buildings and beautiful beaches while hearing all about the city’s interesting history. Be a tourist in your own city with this family-friendly St. Augustine activity.

2. St. Augustine Wild Reserve

The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a not for profit organization, giving all of their attention to the animals. These exotic creatures feel right at home in the reserve’s habitat. Some of the animals found here are previously unwanted house pets, including those of the late Michael Jackson.

1. Anastasia Island

Anastasia Island has it all: beach, sand dunes, wildlife, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and the opportunity to take part in a myriad of water activities. It’s one of the best family-friendly places in St. Augustine.

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