I want to highlight some of the fun places we saw while touring around the quaint, historic town of St. Augustine, Florida. In case you are looking for a new vacay spot, maybe these ideas and attractions might help you plan.
|The sunsets out behind us were fantastic every night. Check out those storm clouds a-brewin!|
Our vote: worth the price if you are staying multiple days and have a lot to see.
Historic Spanish Quarter: If you have ever visited Historic Williamsburg and enjoyed playing colonial resident for a day, this stop is for you. We got to talk with the metal worker about primitive ovens and creating unique sculptures from iron bars, and saw a demonstration of a real musket firing, too. So loud!
The best part of the Spanish Quarter is something that anyone can experience even without the ticket price, though -- the period tavern is accessible from the street, and is run by a woman, typical of the times when those positions were reserved for widows from the wars. We played a centuries-old dice game with a local, and talked about beer and the colonial life with the tavern owner.
Our vote: A perfect spot for a quick afternoon drink.
|The Historic Tavern tap may have had current beers, but they were served in those cool old mugs on the right!|
Our vote: Why eat meat when the fish is literally caught that morning?
|The sunset dinner at Caps was worth the evening chill in the air!|
Our vote: if you have curious kids or are a medical nerdo, you will go ga-ga over this stop.
|Enjoying a lazy evening at home while the family cooks up dinner|
- The Tiffany stained glass-filled buildings at Flagler College -- try and pick out the original chairs from the College's original hotel days in the dining halls. Hint: the replicas have angel faces that are frowning.
- The Old Jail tour guides act as if you are actual inmates while they show you around. Best behave yourselves.
- The St. Augustine Lighthouse is worth the 200-step trek up for the fantastic views you will get of the harbor and the ocean beyond.
|The view from the bottom of the Lighthouse was intimidating!|
Have you ever been to St. Augustine? What is your favorite Florida destination city for a family?