If you’ve been downtown anytime over the past few years, you’ve heard sounds from the Colonial Quarter. Hammering continues as the boatwright works on the boat, staccato clangs hint at hot fires in the forge, and the occasional gunshot explodes behind the wall. You’ve heard it but many tourists never see the Colonial Quarter. Although this two-acre attraction is tucked between two busy tourist corridors, it blends seamlessly into historic St. Augustine… because it is historic St. Augustine.
Walk with me through a few highlights of St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter:
Blacksmith at St. Augustine Colonial Quarter Museum
While you can walk the grounds at your own pace, I suggest joining in one of the guided tour times. Your guide will step behind the hand-forged chain and fire up the forge. Ours taught us that residents in the colonial era would barter to repair worn out items or be paid in gold to craft new iron tools.
My kiddos enjoyed how hands-on Colonial Quarter Museum is. Interacting like this allows history to come alive- it’s the best way to learn!
As a mom of littles, I was very grateful to find benches liberally placed around the property! We always had somewhere to perch when the big kids needed more time to explore.
A peek into the Colonial Quarter Print Shop
Flags over St. Augustine
This walkway takes visitors into the boatbuilding area and introduces tourists to St. Augustine’s rich heritage. There is a flag from every empire that ruled this part of the state- it’s eye opening!
Colonial St. Augustine’s Gun Smith
When your group arrives at the gunsmith’s station, the guide will explain the technology behind 1500s weaponry.
Hands On History at the Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine:
The boys enjoyed feeling the balance and length of a wooden 16th century musket first hand! Unlike Nerf guns, they learned to treat these as practice weapons, not toys!
The Leather Shop
Visitors stamp royal crests into leather – it’s not as easy as it looks!! My “Rampant Lions” always looked like they had vertigo…
St. Augustine’s Best View: The Watch Tower
Only the St. Augustine Lighthouse may have a better view… what’s your favorite?
Hope this quick glimpse piques your interest in St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter!! I’m glad the Colonial Quarter took the foundations laid years ago in the old Spanish Quarter Museum and elevated the Colonial Quarter to a fuller experience that also teaches St. Augustine’s history!