Sea Serpent Airboat Tours

There are three very different sides of St. Johns County: historic district beaches natural, Old Florida -best experienced by heading west Drive as far west as you can and you'll end up at Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek, which boasts the longest dock on the river. We went last week and saw gators, flocks of birds and five manatee feeding inches from us- you can read about them in the Outback Crab Shack post. Our adventure was aboard Sea Serpent Tours' airboat where we quietly slipped through a canopied creek, admiring old growth cypress and looking … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Saint Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine attractions range from historic to must-see-cheesy. When visiting for just a few days, it can be hard to decide what to do in St. Augustine! Although not walkable from downtown, The St. Augustine Lighthouse is an easy choice for those interested in history, 360* views of St. Augustine and a whole lot more! Here's what you'll want to know before you go: Height to Climb: We've been to the Lighthouse grounds many times but our littles had never been in the lighthouse- children must be 44" before they conquer the climb. In the past, they'd have to play in full … [Read more...]

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth St Augustine

A 2 story globe. 15 waterfront acres. 30 peacocks. 500 years of documented history. 600 foot observation dock. St. Augustine's Fountain of Youth Park is a surprisingly refreshing stop if you know what you're diving in to! Our family is enjoying "staycationing" in our hometown this summer. Perks come with staycations... like knowing the summer weather patterns! We visited the Fountain of Youth one afternoon and timed it so we'd spend the rainy part of the afternoon in the 2 inside attractions. The first is the Navigator's Planetarium where a peacock tried to … [Read more...]

First Colony Exhibit in Government House

St Augustine First Colony

St. Augustine's First Colony Exhibit in the Government House is a rich experience museum that tells the story of St. Augustine's early years.  Our family explored the exhibit a few weeks ago- here are some favorite memories. We walked from lunch at Taberna del Caballo on St. George Street to the Government House Museum.  I walked a few steps behind because I never want to forget this image of Daddy and his little girls: Our visit to the First Colony Exhibit was my first time inside the gorgeous Government House building.  You'll find the cleanest public restrooms … [Read more...]

Jax Water Tours in St. Augustine

** Jax Water Tours is no longer in business. The owner, Captain Brooks, was arrested for his inappropriate behavior with a minor. Please consider the Schooner Freedom instead whose crew is known and respected by this community. If you prefer a pontoon-style cruise, FLORIDA Water Tours has replaced the water tour from Vilano. Captain Brooks is on probation with the Florida Department of Corrections until 9/8/2026. He has allegedly reopened his business under the name Atlantic Water Tours, operating out of Vilano Beach Marina as of 3/2017. I do not recommend this tour. … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Ghost Train

Ghost Tour St Augustine

I ain't afraid of no ghost.  But I did take a friend with me when Ripley's invited me to join their new St. Augustine Ghost Tour, Mr. X... just in case. When we arrived at Castle Warden {aka Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum}, it was still daylight. We picked up our reserved tickets from the main lobby. They're available from kiosks around town and even in the ghostly parlor evening-of if there are spots left. protip: Buy tickets early in your trip, tours regularly sell out!  Combo tickets to Ripleys + Ghost Tour + Mini Golf = more savings. If you arrive … [Read more...]

Picasso for Kids – 5 tips to enjoy fine art as a family

Picasso Exhibit St Augustine

Do a local staycation this summer! Lots more fun & affordable ideas here: 31 Days of Summer in St Augustine St. Augustine's Picasso exhibit is here through the summer! And the city of St. Augustine wants every child to have a chance to encounter fine art.  They're offering discounted admission to families and free admission for St. Johns County students!  I took my six children last week - read on below for 5 tips to enjoy fine art as a family this summer!! What: Picasso Art & Arena Where: St. Augustine Visitor Center When: extended through August 11, 2013 9:00 … [Read more...]

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Live Music St Augustine

If you've been driving into Jacksonville for big concerts, please let me convince you there is another way!!  Last Sunday, my hubby & I enjoyed a date night- dinner at Harry's then our first concert at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Let me tell you why it was so amazing... First, parking was a breeze ($5).  We arrived almost an hour early, so there was no line at all.  We walked across the grassy parking area toward the entrance... and walked right in.  Did I mention there were no lines?  When is the last time you went anywhere downtown without experiencing some sort … [Read more...]