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St. Augustine with Kids: The Nation’s Oldest City

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When you live three hours from the nation’s oldest city, you kinda have to check it out. So last minute, we packed the truck, loaded the kids and spent the weekend in St. Augustine, Fl. Aside from the horrific heat and humidity, we had a great time exploring the historic fort and the quaint oceanside town chock full of restaurants and beaches galore. We booked our hotel through Priceline Negotiator (my BFF), packed some semi-healthy snacks and had an awesome mini vacation. I think a last minute trip should be on everyone’s summer bucket list! 

St. Augustine trip highlights: 

  • Experiencing a canon being fired at Castillo de San Marcos
  • Enjoying breakfast at The Bunnery in Old St. Augustine Village (the coffee was incredible)
  • Building a “shell castle” on Vilano Beach (the sand at the beach had a higer ratio of shells to sand than I’ve ever seen!)
  • Staring out into the Atlantic Ocean at sunset (we grew up on the West coast, so this was a whole new experience)

Breaking routines and heading out on the road is such a freeing thing for me. A year ago I would have cringed at that statment— I was a routine-driven mama. Now that the kids are almost 3 and 5 we really can stretch a day out with lots of activites and skip a nap here and there. Has your experience been the same?

We had plans to take the kids to St. Augustine Beach the first evening we arrived. We got on swimsuits and brought the sand toys, yet when we got to the beach it had dissapeared thanks to high tide. I felt like I was in a Dali painting when we went to walk down the stairs to the beach to only see waves and water at the bottom of the stairs. After a near meltdown, we manage to successful change course and head to the playground, which also had a splash park. Plan B saved the night!

st augustine kids

st augustine kids

st augustine kids

st augustine kids

st augustine kids

st augustine kids

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2 Responses to St. Augustine with Kids: The Nation’s Oldest City

  1. Rachelle Gilmore July 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I love these photos! Clare looking into the cannon is so cute. And then to see them looking down the stairs into the ocean with the clean buckets broke my heart! The shells on the beach are ridiculous!

  2. Trina {Beginner Beans} July 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    So fun! I wanted to go to St. Augustine when we lived in Florida but we never made it–probably because I too am a little too routine-driven 🙂 But, what a perfect last-minute trip!

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