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...]

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...]

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...]

Nao Victoria

El Galeon and Nao Victoria St Augustine

If you've arrived here from the 31 Days of Summer in St Augustine page, you may be curious why I'm including ships as #7 and #10. Let me clear that up right away... first, they're that cool, IMO. Second, they're only here until July {El Galeón} and August {Nao Victoria} so you need to sense urgency. Third, this post is quick and the one about El Galeón is lovely and descriptive and you need to read it. Anyways, we recently hopped aboard Nao Victoria... quite literally:   The very, very, very first thing you need to know is that the Nao Victoria is a … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Biplane Rides

St Augustine Biplane Rides

It's St. Augustine Summer Staycation time here in July and I'm blogging 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine.  For more Simply St. Augustine fun, experiences & eats... subscribe! You'll receive posts in your in-box: click here to subscribe. Flying in a biplane is 1,000 times better than flying commercially.   First, the trim on this beauty is leather and real wood.  Everything about this plane is hand-crafted and it's clear the pilot, Dave, loves his aircraft and what he does.  Dave took the time to introduce us to his plane and my respect grew with each beautiful, … [Read more...]

Music by the Sea 2015

31 Days of Summer in St Augustine

  We're celebrating 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine!! And, frankly, summer in St. Augustine wouldn't be the same without live Music by the Sea!!  If you haven't been before, Music by the Sea is a weekly concert series at St. Augustine Beach Pier every Wednesday 7 pm - 9 pm through the end of September. Feel free to bring a cooler, but a local restaurant is on-site each week to provide you with a taste of St. Augustine Beach's best restaurants at an affordable price.  Bring a volleyball and old friends and plan to meet new friends, too!   … [Read more...]