So, we have had lunch and are back to exploring St. Augustine.
The oldest house in St. Augustine is set off by itself, located at Marine and St. Francis street. It will cost a family of four $18.00 to do a tour and is worth it. There is something for all ages at this site. Old and young will learn something here. I could go into detail about the history of the house, but then you wouldn’t need to go. I highly recommend that this be a hot spot on your list of places to visit.
The St. Francis Barracks is a historic structure constructed of coquina and now is the home of the Florida National Guard. There are some bed and breakfast places near here; you can always check them out.
Now right around the corner on Bravo lane and Marine Street is the Saint Augustine Art Association. It is free! http://www.staaa.org/ I highly recommend you check them out. St. Augustine has a wonderful art society and so there is always something new on display here. They also host a number of special events so check out the web site to see what the calendar shows on the dates you will be visiting.
The Ximenez-Fatio House is a museum not well known. It will cost a family $25.00 to tour and is a little hidden Gem. https://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/ It is best explained on their website as Built as a merchant’s home and place of business in 1798, the coquina stone Ximenez House later became “Miss Fatio’s,” St. Augustine’s most fashionable boarding house. Today, it is a historic house museum, carefully researched and authentically restored to reflect its heyday during Florida’s first tourism boom throughout its Territorial and Early Statehood periods of 1821-1861. Every room tells a unique story about early visitors and how they experienced the Oldest City. Hear them all on an unforgettable guided tour. I highly recommend this little hidden gem and visit the web site prior to your visit, you will be glad you did.
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is located on Aviles Street and is another great museum. It will cost you about $10.00 per adults and $5.00 per child. You can get discounts online and through the trolley tours so check them all out prior to your visit. This is about an hour tour and fantastic for kids. They are all about education here.
The Trinity Episcopal Church was established in St. Augustine in 1821 and is the oldest Protestant Church in the state of Florida. The first building was erected in the 1830s and was made of coquina. On June 30, 1831 the first service was held even though the building was not yet completed. The church was formally consecrated on June 5, 1834 by Bishop Nathaniel Bowen from South Carolina. This is worth poking your head into and taking a look at. It is a beautiful church and it only takes a minute or two and is completely free.
Wolf’s Museum of Mystery is one crazy place and worth the $7.00 entrance fee. Located on Charlotte Street this little wonder of a place is one of the largest collection of weird and crazy stuff you will ever find. The crazy thing about this place is that everything inside is for SALE. So if you just can’t live without that weird and crazy shrunken head, you can buy it, and the entrance fee will go towards that purchase! This is not a place I would take small children or children with weak stomachs. I would take a peek inside to be entertained on the freaky side though.
The Pirate and Treasure Museum located on Castillo Drive is a fun museum that the family will enjoy. It will set you back $14.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids. There is a curriculum on the website that you can download prior to your visit to educate the kids. Fun group or educational tours are available. All kids love pirates and here you can sport an eye patch and even fin a parrot or two somewhere in the museum.
And last we have Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. The cost is $13.99 for adult and $6.99 for kids. It’s Ripley’s all the way; Something for everyone here.
This list has something for everyone. You won’t be interested in them all so pick what you will be interested in and just have fun. At the end of the day you will be ready for that great dinner at any of the wonderful restaurants you passed today and one, two, okay maybe three tall drinks before calling it a night.
And just think …. We haven’t even talked about all of the wonderful places that aren’t in walking distance yet.