St. Augustine’s Old Jail

Oldest Jail in the USA

It's a whole new kind of put-prisoners-to-work program... The Old Jail in St. Augustine has prisoners from the 1890's keeping the grounds, guiding tours and even entertaining the kids! Our family headed to The Old Jail last weekend to check out this local attraction.  At first, Georgia Anne (4) was afraid to go to jail... by the time we left, she was begging to go back!!  Hopefully she outgrows that... When you arrive to the Old Jail part of the Old Town Trolley complex, a clock shows what time the next tour will start.  You'll likely have plenty of time to walk … [Read more...]

Crocodile Crossing Zipline in St. Augustine

Obstacle Course at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

I've wanted to zipline since my buddy Emmy went in Costa Rica right after high school.  It sounded sooo cool, but Costa Rica was too far away for this Mamma!!  Fast forward a decade... when Crocodile Crossing opened at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, I couldn't wait to zip over {pun totally intended} to try this attraction!  ;) Last Saturday, I finally had a chance to zip the zoo with Ben (13) and my hubby- who is... err... uncomfortable at high altitudes.  Here's a glimpse into our morning and protips for your St. Augustine Alligator Farm zip line experience: We were … [Read more...]

Lightner Museum

Tiffany Glass St. Augustine

We were tourists for the weekend and it was July {read: HOT}.  We checked out of The Casa Monica at 11:00 and had dinner reservations at 5:00... what to do?  What to do? The answer was right in front of us... literally!  We headed in to the Lightner Museum- next door to The Casa Monica- for an afternoon of priceless antiques, quirky memorabilia and air conditioning. {I'm not gonna lie, that was our #1 reason.} The Lightner Museum is a collection of Otto Lightner's collections- from grand (Tiffany glass) to silly (walking sticks)!  Housed in the opulent building … [Read more...]

The Alligator Farm

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

A muscled trainer vaulted over the viewing wall and landed cat-like in the midst of the gator pool.  Hungry alligators caught the scent of rats and pellets- alligator food- and rushed forward in a frenzy, barely able to distinguish between man and food.  The St. Augustine Alligator Farm trainer leaped to safety in a small wooden boat- just in time as a massive male loudly snapped his powerful jaws and regretfully turned away to bide his time... Ok, ok... The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is more about education than theatrics but we had an exciting visit yesterday and … [Read more...]

Cafe Alcazar

Cafe Alcazar lunch in Lightner Museum

Hotel Alcazar was a masterpiece.  No expense was spared when this opulent winter haven for the wealthy was built in 1887.  A casino, ballrooms, and a health spa including a sauna, gymnasium, and the world's largest indoor pool were some of the hotel's perks.  We caught glimpses of the luxury and elegance of a bygone era as we ambled through iron gates and past breezy arches to our lunch destination- Cafe Alcazar. We were looking for a romantic lunch spot that was memorable and unique.  Somewhere cool- to escape the scorching midday summer heat- and unhurried where we … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

"Let's jump on board, and cut them to pieces." -Blackbeard Murder, mayhem and mischief.  Pirates have done their part to earn this reputation.  But there is so much more to a pirate's life!  Treasure, for one, and weapons and cargo and battles and divine rescues...  The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers a real glimpse of a pirate's life, treasure and tools of the trade.  Hurry aboard, ye lilly-livered land lubbers! The pirate adventure begins once you spot the Jolly Roger.  (Note the stocks in the center of the photo below- fun photo op!)  Before you … [Read more...]

Colonial Spanish Quarter

** UPDATE: The Colonial Spanish Quarter is OPEN again!!  The new Colonial Quarter encompasses British colonial, Spanish colonial & Native American history.  Pat Croce, owner of the St. Augustine Pirate Museum, revitalized it.  View preview pictures of the NEW COLONIAL QUARTER <-here!** Like jewelry?  Like the history of St. Augustine?  How about live music, freshly harvested produce, and seeing the arts of yesteryear being practiced?  Like catching a cool bay breeze on a warm, sunny day while strolling under the dappled shade of venerable Florida oaks?  Welcome to … [Read more...]

Ripleys! Believe it… or not!

Did you know the World's tallest man was 8' 11"?! Or that there was a two-faced kitten born in Florida last month? St. Augustine Ripley's is home to a house hollowed out of ONE Redwood Tree, a Tim Tebow masterpiece out of airsoft bullets and the million dollar man (not Tim Tebow!).  The original Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in St. Augustine is a museum you'll never forget! Ripley's was part of my childhood.  We frequented the St. Augustine Ripleys in 8th grade, Orlando Ripleys on I Drive, and Key West Ripleys on Duval Street in High School.  {One could plan a … [Read more...]