It happens. You have some down time but you, the teens and the little kids all have a different idea of fun. Fortunately, St. Augustine is home to attractions that appeal to all ages.
The Alligator Farm rose to the challenge of being relevant for all ages by adding an obstacle course zip line. While the younger set enjoys seeing gators eye-to-eye, teens and adults can take in the attraction from above even glimpsing behind-the-scenes operations.
If you’re not up for an active adventure, or if it’s a rainy day, the Pirate Museum thrills treasure-hunters of all ages. The abundance of historical information and artifacts is what sets this museum apart. Unfortunately, touring with little ones can lead to moving through so quickly that you don’t have time to take those details in!
Enter the treasure hunt. The pirate who takes your admission money will offer a map that leads your little scallywags to special drawers at their height with kid-oriented artifacts inside. Hunting for these & writing down what they saw slowed our boys down long enough for me to read plaques and take a closer look at the abundance offered in this small museum.
The Castillo de San Marcos is going to show up in my top 5 lists a lot. With soldiers dressed in period, cannons booming across the inlet, signage that explains how a room was used through several centuries.
Queasy folks beware: the Spanish Military Hospital is not for the weak stomached! That almost instantly makes it cool for preteen boys who think the slimier the better. History buffs will appreciate learning how Spanish medical history kept this colony healthy when British colonies suffered the rapid spread of disease and death.
When I asked my 14 year old son for his top 5 to-dos in St Augustine, Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum was non-negotiable. He loves their strange-but-true collection and the quirky things appeal to all ages. Football fan? There’s a portrait of Heisman-winner Tim Tebow out of airsoft bullets. Animal lover? Check out two-headed sheep and an Alaskan moose with his head stuck through a window.
Family fun that spans all ages is possible! What are your favorites?