Mother’s Day in St. Augustine

Mother's Day always seems to be an interesting day in our house. So many expectations of how it should be and what mom would really like to do to celebrate. Honestly, all I really want to do is go to the beach and enjoy a gorgeous day soaking up some Vitamin D. Maybe a picnic lunch on the way would be nice! Sitting in a crowded restaurant while dealing with someone not being happy with the selections on the menu really is not my idea of a relaxing day. We always have a story to tell and there are many past mother's days that would have you falling off your chair. … [Read more...]

Cool Treats to Beat the Heat in St. Augustine

Would you like the inside scoop on where to get a sweet treat to cool off as we are approaching the summer in Florida? St. Augustine is not lacking in the cool treats category! It's a sweet tooths paradise from ice cream, gelato, dole whip, and more! What do we have here? Dole Whip has found it's way to St. Augustine. The Original Likit has the famous soft serve Dole Whip you find in other popular locations! Walk right up and get your treat with tables behind the stand to enjoy your delicious treat while resting your weary feet. If The Milltop has some live music, you … [Read more...]

A Day to Tour St. Augustine: 90 Minute Historical Tours

Are you in town for a wedding or just stopping by for a few hours and want to learn the history of St. Augustine? There are a variety of ways to tour St. Augustine in 90 minutes or less. Will you see everything? No way! Hopefully, it will give you a taste of the rich history St. Augustine has to offer and tempt your palate just enough to make you want to come back to tour St. Augustine again in future. Trains, Trolleys, Bikes, Scooters, Segways, and the list goes on.... so many ways to tour St. Augustine People often ask what are the best ways to tour St. Augustine?  … [Read more...]

5 Off the Beaten Path Attractions in St. Augustine

St Augustine Lighthouse

Do you like off the beaten path attractions where you don't have to fight for a parking spot? Here are some St. Augustine destinations that need to be on your list of must-sees during your next visit. They all have plenty of FREE parking and appeal to various age groups. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Don't let the name fool you, there is more to the Alligator Farm than just gators. However, they do have every possible species of crocodilian for you to see. For the adventurous members of your crew, the Alligator Fram offers crocodile crossing zip line … [Read more...]

Key Ways to Save in St. Augustine

There are many ways to save around the city from discounts on attractions, food, and more. It pays to save in St. Augustine by doing research ahead of time you will save more than ever anticipated. Before your visit, make a list of places that are on your bucket list of must-sees and search for ways to save on these attractions and restaurants. Ways to Save in St. Augustine Be sure to stop by the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center to pick up coupon books. My personal favorites providing the most savings are The Mint Magazine, Money Pages, and The … [Read more...]

New Year, New Face at Simply

Hi, Simply family! Allie O. here. After years of sharing the best of St. Augustine with you, our family has moved out of state! I'm still around the site here but, to make it the best resource for YOU, Heather is coming alongside me and will eventually take over Simply St.Augustine. Many of you already know her... but I'll let her officially introduce herself to you here. Love y'all lots! Thanks for being awesome! ~Allie O. When Allie O. asked me to begin writing for Simply St. Augustine, I came up with 20 different topics to share. Overzealous? Maybe... or just so … [Read more...]

Punny Valentines About St. Augustine

Valentine's Day is polarizing... either you love it or you love to hate it. No matter which camp you're in, you'll love these punny Valentines wishes!! I was hoping to have printables ready for today so you could print them and brighten the day of everyone you see but real life intervened... maybe I'll have them ready by next year. For now, just laugh with me as you read these punny valentines about St. Augustine!! Punny Valentines About St. Augustine Aviles love you, Valentine. {read with a bad Spanish accent = I really love you. bwa ha ha ha} You make my … [Read more...]

Faver-Dykes State Park

Have you ever wondered what life was like here 30 years ago? Well it's #ThrowbackThursday and Minorcan Mama shares memories of her childhood at Faver-Dykes State Park south of St. Augustine!  ~Allie O. A typical Saturday in my childhood would have involved packing a picnic lunch and heading into the woods. I was fortunate to spend a lot of weekends piling into my Grammy and Grampy’s yellow Wagoneer and heading off on adventures of all kinds in the woods of North Florida! One of our favorite spots was just south on US1, where the road meets the Highway, Faver-Dykes State … [Read more...]