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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

How to Become “Show Ready”

Getting your home ready to sell can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to bring your property to the next level in time for your first showing.

Start from the Outside

Prospective homebuyers form judgments from the minute they walk on a property. Make sure the outside of your home sends the right message. Pull weeds, remove dead shrubs, plant flowers and add new mulch to freshen up the appearance. You can also pressure wash walkways, update light fixtures or simply paint the front door. An attractive exterior invites prospective buyers into your home and makes them eager to explore the rest of the property.

Eliminate Smells

Unpleasant odors associated with pets, cooking and cigarette smoke are enough to deter a potential buyer. These smells can’t simply be masked; they need to be eliminated. For pet smells, clean all upholstery and furniture, professionally clean carpets and place litter boxes outside or in the garage. To remove cooking odors, deep clean countertops and appliances with lemon-scented cleansers. Cigarette smoke is often the most challenging odor to eliminate, but washing the walls, floors and windows is a good start. If the smell persists, you may have to replace rugs, re-carpet your home or refinish hardwood floors. For all unwanted odors, it can be beneficial to apply a fresh coat of paint throughout your home.

Remove Clutter

A clean, clutter-free home is an appealing home. Remove loose papers and belongings from all living areas and tuck them neatly away in the closet or garage. It is also important to make sure closets are organized, stashing away extraneous shoes and paraphernalia so they don’t take over the scene. Of course, make sure kitchen countertops and tables are clean and clear as well.

Keep up with the Cleaning

After thoroughly cleaning your home, keep the entire property “show ready” with a daily sprucing. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms since these areas attract the most dirt. Make sure that the windows and floors are clean, sinks and showers are grime-free and the trash is always empty.

Seek Expert Advice

A knowledgeable agent can help streamline the selling process and make your home even more attractive to potential buyers. The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty understand how to successfully market a home and are equipped with the proper tools to seamlessly connect buyers and sellers. Connect with us at floridanetworkrealty.com.

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Happy Homeowner: “Was very attentive to our needs”

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Hi Ann

We wanted to personally let you know how much we enjoyed working with your agent Tracy Glochau. We were referred by our cousin Linda Farber.

Tracy is a true professional. She was very attentive to our needs and always in communication with us, as we live in NY.

We had a bit of a snafu in regards to our closing date and she was able to help us resolve the issue with the sellers very efficiently and effectively.

I would happily recommend her!

She is a real asset for your team.

Thank you again.

Regards,

Elyse Reillt and Kevin Bevilacqua

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Happy Homeowner: “An excellent real estate professional”

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I wanted to share with you an email message I sent to your associate, Karen Peil, subsequent to the completion of our recent house purchase transaction-our second transaction involving Karen. She is an excellent real estate professional whose experience provides her with the ability to anticipate where a deal can go wrong and then move ahead of the curve with self-initiated intervention and follow-up that facilitated the completion of our purchase. Karen represented my wife and I as buyer’s agent on this purchase and earlier sold our Oakbrook building lot in good time. She is now conducting the marketing of our current house as well. We look forward to a continuing successful relationship.

Karen: Pam and I want to express our appreciation and admiration for ”captaining” our Oakbrook house purchase transaction through some vel)I rough waters indeed Coming from a commercial real estate background myself, I was impressed with your professionalism, tenacity and especially self-initiative with following up time and time again on deal compliance matters that kept the deal from unraveling which a less seasoned less experienced agent would not have done. You certainly earned your fees on this one. I am confident Warren Buffet is delighted you are part of Berkshire Hathaway.

Yours truly,

Eric and Pamela Noble

 

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Homeowners Advice: Get Ready for Fall

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With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about seasonal home maintenance. It’s important to stay on top of projects of all sizes to retain your home’s best value. Though small repairs may seem insignificant, letting them add up can result in an overwhelming list down the road.

First, walk through your home and take a personal inventory of repairs that have to be addressed. They can include anything from paint that needs retouching, tiles that have to be grouted, squeaky doors—even a large-scale roof replacement. Budget and prioritize which repairs can be addressed now, which require a professional and which need to be put off until the funds are available.

Fall is a great time to address the needs of your property—all in beautiful Florida weather. After you take an inventory of your home’s needs, be sure to follow through with proper home maintenance. Your home’s value will thank you!

Besides specific home repairs, there are several seasonal tasks that every homeowner should perform. Find a checklist of important items below:

  • Call the AC guy: Your unit has been working hard all summer during the intense Florida heat. Now is a great time to service your unit before winter hits.
  • Inspect your roof: Look for signs of damage and wear. Clean any debris from gutters and downspouts. Not only is it unsightly, a clogged gutter system can back up water on your roof and result in unwanted leaks.
  • Check for bugs: With all of the rain and humidity, the past few months have been a paradise for bugs. As summer comes to a close, it is important to keep an eye out for remaining critters, especially ants, fleas and termites. Catch them early to avoid an infestation.
  • Fire safety: Test your smoke detectors and replace any necessary batteries. Confirm that your fire extinguisher is working. Review your fire escape plan (or create one if you don’t have one in place).
  • Outdoor maintenance: Ensure that your yard is properly maintained by picking up fallen branches and raking any leaves. Care for flowerbeds, and put down new mulch for a fresh appearance. After a busy summer at the pool, wash off outdoor furniture. Finally, don’t forget to clean the grill and check grill hoses.

More from Ask Florida Network: View Mandarin Homes for Sale, Avondale Real Estate, Ponte Vedra Beach Homes for Sale, Jacksonville Real Estate.

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Friday, 26 August 2016

St. Augustine Office Takes Home “Best of St. Augustine” Awards

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty would like to wish congratulations to the St. Augustine office for winning Runner Up – Best Real Estate Agency in the 2016 Best of St. Augustine contest!

We would also like to congratulate Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine office, for winning Best of St. Augustine’s Best Broker award!

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JULIE BRATCHER

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Julie Bratcher to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

“Julie makes a great addition to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty team! With the support of her family of Realtors and now the BHHSFNR team, Julie’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating her accomplishments,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Julie can be reached by phone at 904.802.0435 or at Julie.Bratcher@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JBratcher.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JENNIFER HULL

Jennifer Hull

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Jennifer Hull to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

A native Floridian, Jennifer has lived and worked in Jacksonville and the Beaches for over a decade. Jennifer has a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida. With an outstanding background in human resources and customer service, transitioning into becoming a Realtor was a natural step for Jennifer.

Jennifer has worked and managed companies with hundreds of employees, which has allowed her to perfect her ability to multitask, while still providing exemplary customer service and attention to each client. All of this combines to create a Realtor who will be able to effortlessly guide her clients through the real estate process, giving them the guidance and attention they deserve to make each transaction easy and stress-free.

Although Jennifer has found a home in Northeast Florida – loving the mild changing of seasons that we enjoy – she has an innate desire to travel the world. A favorite quote of hers, by Susan Sontag is, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list,” and perfectly encapsulates her wanderlust.

“Equipped with a background in customer service and care, Jennifer will take you through every part of the real estate transaction with great service and ease. She will be there for you every step of the way,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Jennifer can be reached by phone at 904.514.0042 or at Jennifer.Hull@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JenniferHullRealtor.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

10 Best Golf Courses in North Florida

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If you’re looking to book a tee time in North Florida, look no further than this list of the ten best golf courses in the area. The state of Florida is such a hot spot for avid golfers, no doubt due to these striking and exciting tracks. So pack your putters and get out on one of these recognized greens. In this list, we went as South as Orlando and included both the East and West coast of North Florida.

10. Raven at Sandestin – Miramar Beach

Dreaming of blue skies. ⛳️🏌 #Sandestin #golf #drone #lovefl

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Raven at Sandestin is a 6,900-yard par 71 course that has been a stop on the PGA Champions Tour. One of the highest ranking golf courses in the country, let alone in North Florida, it offers golfers large rolling tees and thrilling shot options.

9. Hammock Beach – Palm Coast

This could be your view too..πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #lifeathammockbeach #salamanderexperience

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Located on an award-winning resort, the two courses at Hammock Beach boast some of the best views in the Palm Coast. Whether you’re an avid golfer or are just looking to have fun with the family, Hammock Beach is a great place to tee off. New to the sport? They will provide you with professional instruction.

8. Bent Creek Golf Course – Jacksonville

Frost delay ❄️❄️#bentcreekgolfcourse #golfflorida

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Located in Jacksonville, Bent Creek Golf Course is known for their friendly staff and great track. It is known for being more difficult than other courses in the area, which is why it attracts so many seasoned golfers.

7. The First Tee of North Florida Brentwood Golf Course – Jacksonville

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The First Tee of North Florida is an organization aims at impacting the lives of young golfers, by instilling life-changing values through educational programs. The Brentwood Golf Course is rich in history and in heart, and is recognized to be the best nine-hole golf course in all of Jacksonville.

6. TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach

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TPC Sawgrass’ two courses, the Players Stadium and Dye’s Valley Course, are designed by famous architect Pete Dye. His attention to detail is evident in every aspect of these golf courses, which only heighten the stunning landscape that surrounds them.

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5. Shark’s Tooth Golf Club – Lake Powell

Always cool getting to play a course as nice as this one! ⛳️ #18thHoleView #Nike

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Shark’s Tooth Golf Club is located on the shores of the historic Lake Powell, which is why the club has such a strong focus on nature and relaxation. Your game will never grow boring at Shark’s Tooth, thanks to a wide array of interesting and exciting holes, each one different from the last.

4. Camp Creek Golf Club – Panama City Beach

Just before I yelled fore left. Last week of play time till its back to work with the team. #4Peat

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If you’re looking for a nature inspired course, the environmentally conscious Camp Creek Golf Club is the place for you. With an abundant wildlife population, there’s always something new to be seen at this award-winning golf course.

3. Dubsdread Golf Course – Orlando

Working on my retirement plan.

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Orlando’s Dubdread Golf Course is the oldest public layout in the area, with a history that dates back to1924. The course has hosted golf legends like Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Claude Harmon. It was renovated in 2008.

2. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Ponte Vedra Beach

It’s a great day to be on the greens! ⛳️ #LoveFL Thanks to @morgancjohnson_7 for sharing!

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It doesn’t get much better than the bunkers, lagoons, greens, and fairways at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. If you want to relax or are looking for more of a challenge, the Ocean Course and the Lagoon Course will satisfy any sort of golfer.

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1. World Golf Village – St. Augustine

Chase Macey starting his day on one! #thehurricanedifference #HJGTMoment #WorldGolfVillage

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Located in St. Augustine, World Golf Village features the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. Not to mention the fact that their two courses, the King & Bear and the Slammer & Squire, were designed in collaboration with golf greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazen.

 

 

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Happy Homeowner: “She was terrific”

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“It was very clear throughout the whole process that Jennifer is very knowledgeable and professional. She was terrific in communicating with us. I do not know of any right now but will keep her in mind. Thank you so much for the excellent service.”

– Jessica Davidson

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES TUDY WILBUR

Tudy Wilbur

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Tudy Wilbur to the Villages of Seloy, exclusively listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Villages of Seloy is a gated community in St. Augustine, nestled away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet conveniently located within minutes of golfing expeditions, shopping centers and other recreational activities.

“We are extremely excited to have Tudy as a new addition to our family and feel confident she will be invaluable to our team,” shares Debbie da Silva, Broker and Certified Internal Property Specialist at the Villages of Seloy.

For more information, Tudy Wilbur can be reached by phone at 904.631.8334 or at Tudy.Wilbur@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TWilbur.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Villages of Seloy office is located at 206 Seloy Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES LOGAN JOHNSON

Logan Johnson

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Logan Johnson to the BHHS Florida Network Realty St. Augustine office.

Previously a national director for the Navy League of the United States, Logan’s passion for his community is evident through his service, both in the armed forces and out. Logan is a Vietnam-era United States Naval Officer and has been a pilot since the age of sixteen. Logan has also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

“Logan’s background, both as a Veteran, an executive in multinational companies and as a Realtor for over a decade shows his passion for helping others. Clients will be in trustworthy, capable hands with Logan! With the support of his family of Realtors and now the BHHSFNR team, Logan’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine office.

For more information, Logan can be reached by phone at 904.400.2325 or at Logan.Johnson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: LoganJohnsonProperties.com. The St. Augustine office is located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES BRANDON GENSON

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Brandon Genson to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Mandarin/St. Johns office.

The youngest of four boys, Brandon learned from an early age how to separate himself from a crowd and be a leader. “My main goal in life is to help and inspire others to want better for themselves,” Brandon says.

This goal has driven Brandon into a career in real estate, joining the Mandarin office as a Realtor. One of the reasons he enjoys being a Realtor is the flexibility to create his own schedule, allowing him time to focus on meeting all of his clients needs. The ability to grow his personal brand and business as a Realtor is also a benefit that Brandon enjoys about his career.

“Brandon’s energy is contagious. His drive to help his clients will be unmatched by anyone around. Brandon’s attention to detail and his ability to research all aspects of a sale will be a huge benefit to his clients. We are truly excited to have Brandon join our team,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Brandon can be reached by phone at 419.575.5323 or at Brandon.Genson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: BGenson.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES DETRA HAGERMAN

Detra Hagerman

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Detra Hagerman to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

As an experienced Realtor, Detra knows that buying the home of your dreams or selling your existing home can be as exciting as it is confusing. Her goal is to alleviate as much stress as possible so that you can focus on your family during this challenging, yet rewarding, life event.

“There is nothing quite like handing someone the keys to their new home, or the excitement of their children running around picking out which room they want,” Detra says. Being at a closing with a seller when they realize how investing in a home has paid off is exciting not only for them but also for me. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, my ultimate goal is to get you to that point, making the real estate process as easy and rewarding as possible.”

Detra’s understanding of superior client services stems from her colorful and decorated professional background. Her work ethic and attention to detail are traits that contribute to her success. From meager beginnings to owning and operating several thriving businesses, Detra is committed to excellence. Born in North Carolina and having lived a short part of her childhood in Florida, Detra spent most of her life in Northern Virginia, before moving with her family back to Florida.

Detra states, “The mild climate, southern hospitality and family-centered values are just a part of the reason we decided to return home to Florida. This state is so rich in activity, culture and entertainment that there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re relocating locally or new to the greater Jacksonville area, I look forward to assisting your family in making a smooth transition. I will do my best to exceed your expectations by going that extra mile to ensure a successful transaction.”

“Detra’s commitment to working with her buyers and sellers is phenomenal. You can tell she has a love for the real estate business, and that passion will be sure to take her far here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Detra can be reached by phone at 904.584.0050 or at Detra.Hagerman@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: DHagerman.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082. 

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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

I shot a man in Reno………

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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

I love chocolate

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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

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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

You never know who you might run into! @historictours #chiefconductor #ancientcity #staugustine #oldtowntrolley

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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

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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

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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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