Sail Away on Schooner Freedom

Since 1565, St. Augustine has been a seafaring town. The fort, the cross, the lighthouse, the Bridge of Lions and the low, beautiful skyline of the Historic District are all uniquely appreciated from the water. Since 2001, one St. Augustine water tour has sailed beyond the rest- the premier tall ship Freedom. I've heard it said that a good Cap'n keeps a tight ship. By these standards, Captain Jon is a fine man. His crew is friendly and playful yet respectful. The Freedom is clean and orderly and everything is in its proper place. Once the ship is underway, the … [Read more...]

St Augustine Christmas Shopping Tour

Shop Local & Help a Local Family in need! Are you making a list and checking it twice? St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours is offering a great new tour this season to help you knock that list out with unique & meaningful gifts, have a lot of fun and support local small businesses! I'm super excited about this holiday season tour- my Mom is coming up next weekend for the inaugural tour and we can't wait to shop locally for those we love! Whether you come solo, book a private tour with all your girlfriends or make this a unique date with your honey, … [Read more...]

Carriage Rides in St. Augustine

While just about any day is a perfect one for a horse and buggy tour of St. Augustine, these gorgeous fall days are absolutely blissful! We climbed into a Southern Carriages buggy for a 45 minute tour a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed a ride narrated with history, local lore and lots of laughs. Clara thought she was in a parade- she waved at every car that passed until she fell asleep in her Daddy's arms. Sweet memories! All horse drawn carriages in St. Augustine follow the same basic route agreed upon with the city. Drivers have some flexibility- especially … [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...]

Kids Pirate Tour – Pirates, Plunder and Parlay

St Augustine History Tour Kids

St. Augustine was a pirate's playground in the late 1500's. Our kids recently joined a Pirates, Plunder and Parlay tour and did their own plundering of St. Augustine's booty!! We had sword fights, scavenged the city and learned history {shhh, don't tell... it's fun and educational!}. Follow our swashbuckling fun in the post below... methinks you'll be plannin' yer own pirate tour soon!! First, I have to say that I was completely blown away by Aruna, our pirate tour guide! She kept all 12 kids engaged, in line and smiling throughout the 90 minute tour. She was patient … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Ghost Train

Ghost Tour St Augustine

I ain't afraid of no ghost.  But I did take a friend with me when Ripley's invited me to join their new St. Augustine Ghost Tour, Mr. X... just in case. When we arrived at Castle Warden {aka Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum}, it was still daylight. We picked up our reserved tickets from the main lobby. They're available from kiosks around town and even in the ghostly parlor evening-of if there are spots left. protip: Buy tickets early in your trip, tours regularly sell out!  Combo tickets to Ripleys + Ghost Tour + Mini Golf = more savings. If you arrive … [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...]