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...]

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...]

St. Augustine’s Old School Museum

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in USA

You knew, when I said "St. Augustine's Old School Museum" in the title of this blog, that we're talking about an old school building- not old school as in Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hurray Heeeyyy, hoooo, heeeyyy, hoooo, hip hop hurray, hoooo, haaaaay, hoooo..." or something even more Old School like... well, I don't know like what because I'm not that old.  {Help me out, Karl?!} Anyways, this post is about the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Museum in St. Augustine - a St. Augustine attraction for decades and a nice place to prop up your feet for a bit in the midst of busy … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Spanish Bakery

When I was a kid, Dad used to take my sister and me to the Spanish Bakery on St. George Street.  That alone is enough reason for me to bring my own children there for lunch in St. Augustine! Dad grew up in Puerto Rico- I guess the picadillo and pigeons walking around old picnic tables of a family-owned bakery reminded him of his childhood.  And The Spanish Bakery on St. George Street is still in the same building, serving the same menu on the same picnic tables I remember as a child!  It's been in the same family all 37 years of operation. My little … [Read more...]

Gaufre’s & Goods Polish Restaurant

Nutella Gaufres Waffle St Augustine

When a cold February day had us all chilled to the bone, I knew the perfect place to warm up... Gaufre's & Goods Restaurant on Aviles Street. I was excited to share this hearty, comforting cuisine with my children and now with you! You'll find Gaufre's & Goods on the nation's oldest street- Aviles. Walking down the brick-paved street boasting cafes with outdoor dining, we felt as if we were exploring Europe's treasures and were reminded again why we love St. Augustine! Gaufre's & Goods advertises themselves as a Polish and Greek restaurant. Ben ordered the … [Read more...]

Colonial Quarter St. Augustine!

Colonial Quarter St Augustine Blacksmith

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 … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Tourist Traps

Lock your kids in jail St Augustine

When our family road tripped to Ohio, we stopped in Chattanooga, TN along the way.  We decided against "wasting" our time & money at dated tourist trap Rock City and opted instead for the aquarium and a train ride.  We regretted it!!  Sometimes the best way to experience a city is via their kitschy, dated, or outright tacky tourist traps.   So I polled facebook {you should be my facebook friend- click here} and twitter {I'm @SimplyStAug} to learn all about St. Augustine Tourist Traps... the good, the bad & the uuuuugly. Without further ado, may I … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Love Trees

Romantic St. Augustine Love Trees

St. Augustine is the perfect romantic destination-  Our weather is amazing year round and you can casually stroll from your hotel to dinner and around town without fighting traffic or getting lost.  If you do get lost, you're likely to happen upon a delightful discovery- something enchanting and romantic.  You might just happen upon a love tree. What is a "love tree"?  When two trees are so tightly entwined that they must embrace forever or both die... that is a love tree.  The legend goes something like this: If you kiss your loved one under the love tree, you'll … [Read more...]