St. Augustine Summer Camp: Anastasia Watersports

Now that summer is here, the pressure is on to find the perfect memory-making, can-I-go-back-tomorrow, fun and educational camp. St. Augustine kids are lucky because tucked inside Anastasia State Park on the island is a blend of nature and watersports for the outdoors-loving kid. Our boys went last week and had a blast... it's truly a crash-course in loving where we live! There's one more week and I fully recommend this St. Augustine Summer Camp: Anastasia Watersports. St. Augustine Summer Camp: Anastasia Watersports Sponsored Post  St. Augustine Summer Camp: … [Read more...]

St Augustine Amphitheatre FREE Summer Movies!

31 Days of Summer in St Augustine

Hi, Simply St. Augustine friends! This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series. I've done all the research so you can kick back & have fun this summer! Read through all the ideas here.   I just learned of more fun, free summer movies in St. Augustine!  You may already know about Ripley's Wednesday Family Movie, now you have options at the Amphitheatre as well!! The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosting a summer movie series again this year!!  Gates open at 7:00, movies start at 8:00.  Parking is FREE!  The concession stands will be … [Read more...]

Staycation Link Up


I'm excited to be doing a Staycation Link Up with other bloggers around the country!  I'll share some St. Augustine staycation ideas here for visitors. Locals can start with this list of freebies for locals. Wherever you plan to make summer memories, look at the list of states at the end of this post for city-by-city suggestions for a fun, frugal summer! How to do St. Augustine... Most visitors jump on the tour trolley ($25), get off at a few attractions (Pirate Museum $13, Spanish Military Hospital $9, Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour $8) and eat at the first place … [Read more...]

Summer Staycation Idea: Find the BEST Beach in St Augustine!

31 Days Best Beach in St Augustine

Simply St. Augustine hosted a writing & photography contest as part of our 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series... it was so much fun seeing the work that local students sent in! All the photos in today's post were shot by student photographers- feel free to comment with your encouragement. I'm so proud of them! St. Johns County boasts over 40 miles of coastline and although they're all in one county, our beaches do have distinct personalities. So that begs the question... What is the best beach in St. Augustine? We have beaches so packed with shells you … [Read more...]

5 Kid-Friendly Tours in St Augustine

31 Days 5 Kid Friendly Tours

This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series… free & fun ways to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE! There is more to St. Augustine's history than you can fit into a 4th grade field trip. Our family has been exploring this city for 9 straight years now and still have so much to do, see and learn! For a jump-start on St. Augustine's past and some fun in the present, here are 5 kid-friendly St. Augustine tours you should book this summer:  1. Pirates, Plunder and Parlay St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours crafted this experience just for kids. On … [Read more...]

Writing & Photography Contest: Be Featured on Simply St. Augustine!

Summer Writing Contest

It's summertime and some kids are ecstatic they don't have to pick up a pen for a few months! This post is not for them. Here, read this one instead or maybe this one. Or just work your way through all these fun  St. Augustine #staycation ideas! Now, to the students who like to write... who think in creative sentences and dream up leads or new characters as you're drifting off to sleep, this one is for you. A little backstory first. Years before I saw my first piece printed in a travel magazine, before the parenting columns or my own blog, someone gave me a chance. … [Read more...]

Summer Groupon DEALS in St. Augustine


Looking for Summer Savings in St. Augustine?  Here are a few Groupons to save you $$!  Most of these also have the option to purchase for parties of 4, etc... so click through the links for more savings options: St. Augustine Biplane Rides - 1 person flight is half-price at $85 {amazing experience! St Augustine Biplane Review here} Anastasia Watersports - 2 hr kayak, paddleboard or catamaran rental for $12 Haven Horse Ranch - 90 minute horseback riding lesson $35 Family Horse Ranch & Rescue - 1 hour instruction for $17 Jax Water Tours - Dolphin Safari … [Read more...]

31 Days of Summer: IMAX 3D Movie

31 Days IMAX 3D

Hi, Simply St. Augustine friends! This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series. I've done all the research so you can kick back & have fun this summer! Get lots of ideas- click here! It was a rainy summer day... again.  The littles needed to get out of the house and the indoor Burger King playground wasn't gonna cut it.  It was a perfect day to experience a 3D movie at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Village. World Golf's IMAX shows 3D documentary movies {1 hour} and also Hollywood special feature movies.  Right now you can choose between … [Read more...]