As most of you know, Tyler and I just got back from our Adult/Business trip to the South. It was an awesome trip and we couldn’t be more thankful for Tyler’s Mom and Aunt for flying down to San Diego to watch our kids. If you want to see some of the live action, then be sure to follow me on Instagram (@jennysilva84) and watch my stories. Okay, so now that the formalities are all done – back to the post.
Our trip spanned over a 7 day period, and we spent the first 2 in St. Augustine. We flew into Jacksonville and took a 40 minute drive to our VRBO in St. Augustine. We didn’t get going until the next day because we got in pretty late, so we really only had 1 day to do everything, which was totally doable. We were located right in the middle of everything, so we ended up walking to a lot of our destinations.
When I was doing my research on what to do, I pretty much came across the same things on every site, so I based everything off of that.
I had mapped everything out so we wouldn’t have to go back and forth, however, Tyler likes to mess with me and get me out of my comfort zone, so we went out of order. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth was the furthest out for us and was supposed to be first – but it wasn’t…. The entry is lined with Oak Trees covered in Spanish Moss, and just looks like something out of a fairytale. We decided not to go in because the fountain is covered, so that kinda ruined it for me. There’s a lot of history there so I would recommend checking it out if that’s your thing. I just wanted to see a fountain.
First up What ended up being first up – we walked the Bridge of Lions, which is a drawbridge that takes you into St Augustine Beach. We only walked halfway because it was so frickin’ windy and I was TERRIFIED! You get some pretty awesome views on the walk, so it’s definitely worth doing. We then drove around St Augustine Beach to do a little exploring and stopped by to check out the beach, which was full of broken shells because of the crazy storm that passed through. The pier behind us is a fishing pier that you have to pay to get access to. We weren’t fishing so there was no need for us to do that. If you’re into gator action, then you should visit the Alligator Farm that’s on this side of town as well.
We ended up driving back to our VRBO and walking to Flagler College to do our own tour, and to the other destinations because parking is not your friend, and probably Karma kicking me in the ass for not working out like I was supposed to before our trip. If you’re not good on feet, then there are hop on hop off trolley tours that take you around.
The Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine is gorgeous and has so much history. It’s right down the street from Flagler College so it was very easy to get to.
We then made our way to St George St, which is full of shops, restaurants, and the oldest wood school house. I heard some great things about Cousteau’s so we stopped in for ice cream, and it did not disappoint. Tip: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because of the cobblestone roads.
Across the street is the Castillo de San Marco, which is the oldest masonry fort in the US. This is something that I’m sure my son would think is pretty awesome. There are reenactors that are in period dress that demonstrate cannon firings, and when we were there – gun firing.
After we got back to our VRBO to get ready for dinner, we went to the San Sebastian Winery. I wish I would’ve taken more pictures on this tour because I learned so much about wine and it was fun! The wine tasting is free with a tour, which is free as well, and takes off every 20-25 minutes. There’s also a free distillery tour and tasting right next door at the St Augustine Distillery. I really wanted to check this one out but we ended up not doing it because we met up with one of our friends for dinner. Long story short with this one – visit these 2 places before you head out for dinner. What better way to pre party then with free drinks?!?!?!
So that pretty much rounded out our visit to St Augustine. It was pretty cool to visit the Nation’s oldest city and learn about all the history around, and even though this was an adult trip, I think we would’ve enjoyed this a whole bunch more with our kids. Have you been to St Augustine before? If so, I’d love to hear what some of your must see and do’s are?