Best of St. Augustine, Florida – Sharing Our Favorites for Kids & Families

So I am finishing up our recap of our recent visit to St. Augustine, Florida today with a jam-packed post highlighting all our favorites from our time there. We did a little bit of everything and we had the kiddos with us every step of the way. I know so many of you have Florida trips coming your way this summer, so I wanted to showcase what we really enjoyed while we were there – if you check out any of these places, be sure to let me know what you think!

Now grab a coffee or a tea {poolside, if you can!} and buckle up! This is a long one, folks! But hopefully if you are planning a trip here, well worth it!

The Fountain of Youth

One of the first things that came up for me to check out in the St. Augustine area when I was researching our trip there was the Fountain of Youth. This park is likely 1513 Florida landing site of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, {although no evidence has been found to substantiate this claim.}

We didn’t go inside the actual park, but the streets outside the park are GORGEOUS. Definitely do a drive by of the gorgeous Spanish moss covered trees and snap some picks. We actually did a family photoshoot here which was great!

Flagler College

What was once the Ponce de León Hotel, Flagler College is right in the middle of downtown St. Augustine. It’s an active college but beyond gorgeous to take a stroll through or around. Simply gorgeous and a great little area for the kiddos to run around and stretch out their legs!

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Climb 219 steps to the top 165 feet above sea level – this was a great activity for my 5 year old! My 3 years old stayed down below and enjoy the cool pirate shop playground! Great views of the area and lots of other Maritime activities to enjoy while you are there.

Castille de San Marcos

The oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, the Castillo de San Marcos is a large Spanish stone fortress built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World. It’s a National Monument and, at over 315 years old, it’s the oldest structure in St. Augustine.

Graham + Charles went into the fort to explore while Brooks and I went around the entire fort outside. It was really cool to walk the wall along the water and take in how big this fort is, right in the middle of the downtown area. It’s definitely worth a visit with the kids because of the great views, proximity to so many great restaurants and shops and they do various cannon firings and activities for kids throughout the day.

Project Swing Park

This was a complete treat to stumble upon. One morning we were exploring, looking for somewhere that the kids could run around and we found ourselves here. It is SO BIG with so many fun structures to run, jump and climb on. It was fantastic and amazing for all ages!

Caps on the Water

We went here for a birthday dinner one night and I was blown away by the incredible views. The food and drink were top notch, but the views simply can’t be beat. Definitely a MUST to have a meal or a drink at!

Swillerbees Donuts

These donuts are BEYOND amazing. If I was able to, I would have had one of each – and there were SO MANY to choose from. But aside from the incredible sweets, the decor and vibe at Swillerbees can’t be beat. It’s downtown right across from Flagler College – treat yo self if you find yourself in this area!

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops

Another downtown MUST. All the flavors and combinations of these ice pop treats are insane, especially on a hot summer day. Loved it here and dreaming of going back for another pop!

Beachcomber Restaurant

This spot was recommended to us by a local as a great spot for kids – which it totally was! Beachcomber is a laid back spot right on the beach. They have chairs and toys for the kids set up right in the sand – so adults can enjoy a meal or a drink while the littles play. It was perfect and a beautiful spot for great beach views with a breeze.

Ancient City Brewing

We did our fair share of trying out local brews during our trip – and loved being able to pop into Ancient City Brewing, right in the heart of the downtown area. Great sips and you can BYO eats!

St. Augustine Distillery Tour

This was something we did on an afternoon without the kiddos, but it’s totally worth recommending because it was awesome. The tour was free – about 40 minutes and you get to sip some incredible cocktails and taste all their spirits they are currently serving. It was so much fun. We then went upstairs after the tour and tasting for lunch at the Ice Plant, which was another really cool spot!

Maple Street Biscuit Company

Best Breakfast Spot for sure! This little hidden gem is LEGIT – it serves incredible food, in massive sizes and they taste like heaven. As expected, the biscuits are out of control. Dreaming of another meal at this place as well.

St. Augustine Alligator Park

I did an entire post on this place yesterday that you must check out. It was worth an entire blog post because beloved it so much! Definitely a must do with kids!

So there you have it – a few of our favorite stops along the way during our week in St. Augustine, Florida. We also enjoyed the beach, spent lots of time at our rental in the pool and enjoyed all that glorious Florida sunshine!

If you’ve ever been to St. Augustine, I’d love to know what you thought and if you did any of the same things we did!

Thanks for following along for this long recap! We had a blast – as you can see – and hope to visit St. Augustine again one day!

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  • Reply Patty June 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Awesome recap – we saw several of the same places you did, but didn’t experience the same dining option, treat places! Would also love to go back and revisit some of the places you did! Thanks for sharing, looks like a fun trip!

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