4th of July in St Augustine

4th of July Fireworks in St Augustine

St. Augustine will be a busy place Saturday, July 4, 2015- let SimplyStAugustine make your day easier!  I've compiled a list of where to watch the fireworks in St Augustine and also some ideas to keep the kids busy while you're waiting. First, you must know that roads close late evening but even before that it gets pretty congested.  So plan to spend the whole afternoon in town, snag your preferred viewing spot early and r-e-l-a-x.  Repeat after me: I will not honk.  I will not honk.  I will not honk.  ;) Parking is easy getting in to the parking garage if you … [Read more...]

Where to View 4th of July Fireworks in St Augustine 2015

Family 4th of July

St. Augustine boasts a spectacular fireworks display every year.  Here's how can you make the St Augustine fireworks 2015 a memory to retell year after year: Where to View Fireworks in St. Augustine The green in front of the fort.  Arrive early to claim a spot!  Although fireworks won't launch until after dark (traditionally between 9:00 & 9:30) the oldest city packs out for hours beforehand!  Enjoy live music while you wait and a lot of neighborly fun as everyone gathers on the green.  Show lasts 20 minutes and is accompanied by music- it's a fantastic display!  … [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...]

Doing Dishes Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

paint your own pottery cr210

When Andrew's co-op class read Stone Soup, each student painted a special soup bowl. He was so proud of it and ate dinner from it the first night and the second... and then he dropped it. So when I had the opportunity to visit Doing Dishes on CR210 to experience painting pottery, I knew just who to bring with me! Andrew had no problem choosing what to paint. There were plates & platters, bowls, decorative containers... tons of options to personalize! But he wanted the exact stone soup bowl and even worked carefully with the friendly "painting expert" on staff to … [Read more...]

St. Augustine on $25 a Day: Teens

Jax Water Tours St Augustine

Today we welcome guest writer Eva from Teens Got Cents. She's a frugal teen blogger and is sharing the perfect day in St. Augustine for any teen on a budget!  This post is part of my St. Augustine on $25 a Day series. Subscribe so you don't miss Simply St. Augustine's tips on how to enjoy your stay the local way!! When Mrs. O of Simply St. Augustine asked me about guest posting, it wasn't what I expected. She challenged me to blog about having a special day in St. Augustine with a friend (no problem) with only $25 each. $25 bucks? I can live on $25 bucks for 4 months! … [Read more...]

Fuente de los Canos in St. Augustine and Spain

Fuente de los Canos St Augustine

I've been to the Visitor's Center in St. Augustine more times than I can count.  I park in the adjacent parking garage all the time and walk the city from there.  Why it took me years to notice this fountain, I'm not sure- but in case you haven't sat on its ledge before, let me introduce you! The Fuente de los Canos de San Francisco was a gift from St. Augustine's sister city in Spain, Aviles.  A plaque next to our fountain explains the connection between the two cities {Aviles was the birth place of Pedro Menendez, founder of St. Augustine} and elaborates on the … [Read more...]

SWING Park

SWING park downtown st augustine

Kids love St. Augustine and St. Augustine loves kids.  Here's proof- a massive, wooden playground downtown. It's referred to as that playground downtown and the playground by the parking garage and the music playground in downtown St. Augustine.  It's actually the S.W.I.N.G. Project.  St. Augustine's Wish {for its} Next Generation.  And it's a whole lotta fun. This playground has one way in and one way out- and it's a good thing because you will loose your kids in the tangle of fun. There are swings at S.W.I.N.G. park... ... and musical instruments.  Timothy … [Read more...]

Free Trial Week at Every BODY Fitness

Everybody Fitness St. Johns

It's free trial week at Every BODY Fitness!  If you haven't checked out their facility, now's the time. Every BODY Fitness offers group classes from Zumba to Yoga to Les Mills Body Pump Classes.  Check out their schedule of fitness classes on CR210. If you prefer to work out with a personal trainer or alone, Every BODY Fitness has that covered, too: You can ask about a guest pass to one of these any time- but my preferred way to get/stay in shape is Fit Camp.  These are small group circuit training classes- the instructors have years (decades!) of experience and … [Read more...]