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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

St. Augustine, FL a great family destination

Saint Augustine Florida
Back in March we got the chance to go to St. Augustine for the first time. This turned out to be a wonderful weekend getaway for our family. 

Surprisingly, no one in Florida had recommended it to us.  I came across it in a magazine.  After reading about it I decided it could be the perfect weekend trip.  We already had to go to Daytona Beach for a gymnastics meet on Sunday which gave us plenty of time to hang out in St. Augustine first.

St. Augustine 

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the nation. There is an old Spanish fort here, Castillo De San Marcos. Which was built around 1672.  Some of it has been restored and most of it is still in very good condition.  So much so, that you can walk all around the outside and the inside.  There are other forts in the area as well, but we didn't have time to visit those.

Castillo De San Marcos

Of course this we had to go to the fort first thing.  It was cheap to get in. Once inside we got to walk across a restored draw bridge, look at various rooms and artifacts including lots of old cannons. We also got to watch a reenactment of soldiers preparing and firing a cannon.
Saint Augustine Florida
There were all kinds of cannons everywhere.  There were a lot of other artifacts as well.  Afterwards we were able to walk around the entire outside. 

Near the old downtown area was a massive playground. It was near the parking garage.  There are two sides to the playground.  This picture only shows a small part of the playground.
Saint Augustine Florida

Historic St. Augustine

The old town was very cool. It reminded me of New Orleans and it definitely had a party vibe going as the sun went down.   At night time they did ghost tours of the area.  The tour guides were dressed as pirates.  We didn't schedule a tour, because we thought it would be too scary for the kids.  After seeing the tours guides, I think it might have been okay.  I recommend staying in one of the hotels in old town.
Saint Augustine Florida
You can stroll down main street with your kids without worry, because there are no cars are allowed. 
Saint Augustine Florida
There were tons of neat shops and restaurants. The very first Ripley's Believe it or Not is here.  I found out after the fact restaurant.com had lots of places in old town on their website.  For some other info and family fun things to do check out Child Mode's post on St. Augustine.  She has great suggestions.

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