Surprisingly, Saint Augustine has tons to offer families traveling with children of all ages. This old Spanish town may have plenty of sophisticated art and culture, but it definitely knows how to entertain younger visitors, too. In fact, St. Augustine is one of the rare vacation hotspots that entertain kids just as much as it does adults. No more wondering what to do in St. Augustine with kids: Here are all the kid-friendly attractions the town has to offer.
A Wealth of History Waiting to Be ExploredSt. Augustine may have its fair share of palm trees and sparkling blue waters, but the town's real attraction is its long history. St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the United States and the town offers some truly spectacular historic attractions, including the oldest house and oldest wooden schoolhouse in America
Don't miss out on the oldest house in America, the Gonzales-Alvarez House . The house dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. In addition to the historical furnishings and history of the house, admission to the Gonzales-Alvarez House includes entry to the Manucy Museum of St. Augustine History as well.
Kids are sure to get a kick out of the oldest wooden schoolhouse in America, where ill-behaved children were placed in a basement "dungeon" if they misbehaved. The schoolhouse is also the first co-ed school, integrating boys and girls as early as 1788.
Older kids and teens may get a kick out of the Authentic Old Jail , built in 1890. Though the jail hardly boasts the history of some of St. Augustine's other attractions, this jail is almost guaranteed to be the smallest (and quaintest) jailhouse you've ever seen. The sheriff and his family (including his children) lived upstairs directly over the jail cells. Don't leave without seeing the grim maximum security cell or solitary confinement sale.
Besides the Historical AttractionsSo, what to do in St Augustine with kids, besides the historical attractions? Don't leave St. Augustine without taking a trip to the Dolphin Conservation Center at Marineland. The Dolphin Conservation Center is the nation's oldest oceanarium, and it hosts a wealth of exotic aquatic wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Make a reservation in advance to swim or snorkel with the wildlife-- it's an experience that's not to be missed.
If your kids are begging to see some Florida alligators, head out to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park to see over 2,700 alligators and crocodiles (as well as plenty of other wildlife species). You'll be able to see white alligators, alligator feedings, informational wildlife shows, and Maximo, a 1200-pound Australian crocodile. In fact, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is the only attraction in the world that contains every species of crocodilians in the world.
Outdoor Adventure in St. AugustineSt. Augustine does have a few beaches for visitors to enjoy, including Vilano Beach and St. Augustine. Anastasia State Park is perfect for those looking to enjoy an undeveloped coast while getting close to nature. If it's fishing you're after, you'll be pleased to know that Anastasia State Park offers some of the best fishing in the area. If you'd rather get out on the water for some deep-sea fishing, book a charter with Sea Love Marina . Looking for something a little more casual? Drop a line off the St. John's County Fishing Pier .
There's no need to wonder what to do in St. Augustine with kids-- this town aims to please kids and adults alike.