Colonial Quarter St. Augustine!

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

Blacksmith Josh easily engages visitors of all ages.

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.

Bellows add oxygen which increases the heat in the forge.

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!

I remain fascinated by the graceful twists on the utilitarian hook.

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.

There are plenty of benches to rest on throughout the Colonial Quarter.

A peek into the Colonial Quarter Print Shop

Quill Pen in Historic St. Augustine
Historic moveable type printing press!

Flags over St. Augustine

Flags over St. Augustine is a great visual of which countries controlled St. Augustine over the past 500 years.

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

Local history buff, Jake, teaches the finer points of a matchlock gun and other versions of firearms.

When your group arrives at the gunsmith’s station, the guide will explain the technology behind 1500s weaponry.

Preparen! Apunten! Fuego!

Hands On History at the Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine:

A Spanish soldier prepares his match-lock gun for firing.

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!

Young soldiers learn the rules of the regiment- always control your weapon, never point the gun at people, and turn your head away during “fire!”

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…

Hands-on traditional crafts allow visitors to experience Colonial St. Augustine!

St. Augustine’s Best View: The Watch Tower

Only the St. Augustine Lighthouse may have a better view… what’s your favorite?

The view of the Castillo de San Marcos and the inlet is amazing from the watchtower!

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!


  1. Diane F says

    Thank you for the sneak peed at the newest addition to Old St Augustine. Looks like I have another reason to return!!! Loved seeing your children enjoy the history as well.

  2. says

    This looks like colonial places I visited as a kid. Can’t wait to find the time to visit one day!

  3. says

    Amazing! My daughter and I just visited last week and had a wonderful day with friends at the Fort and on St. George Street. Your post has ensured that we will be returning very soon for a look at the Colonial Quarter! Thanks!

    • says

      You’ll love it! They’re up & running but I’d give them another month or two to work the kinks out. ENJOY!

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