Saint Augustine, Florida has a bit to offer everyone. If you’re looking for great history then look no further! Originally founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the USA. You can also experience a one of kind ghost tour or enjoy some odd artifacts at Ripley’s Believe it or Not. All while experiencing the wonderful Florida sunshine and a breeze coming off the bay which will keep you comfortable even during the hottest months of the year. I do recommend using sunscreen even if you’re visiting during the cooler months as you may still get a sunburn. Especially if you’re like me and couldn’t tan to save your life and therefore stays perpetually pale (which should totally be the name of my foundation, by the way).
My favorite thing to do in Saint Augustine is to take a stroll down St. George Street and visit the fun, and often very unique, shops that line the street. Open only to foot traffic you can easily wander in and out of the shops where you can window shop or pick up handmade jewelry. I enjoy grabbing some gelato on a hot day or visiting a chocolatier on a cold one. If you get hungry and want something that’s a little more filling there are several cafés and restaurants along the way. My personal favorite place to eat, especially with the kids in tow, is Pizza Time.
Pizza Time offers authentic Brooklyn style pizza with a wide range of toppings. You can order by the slice or a whole pie but don’t skip the garlic knots! Pizza Time has been voted as the second best pizza in the U.S. and trust me when I say that it’s absolutely true. My family loves pizza. It’s often the food of choice for the rare times we eat out and we often make it at home. Pizza Time is the standard that I hold all of my pizza to. It just can’t be beat! My husband and I enjoy grabbing a slice to go if it’s just the two of us but those of you with children, especially small ones, know that’s not really an option. The inside is pretty small and can be bit cramped if you’re visiting during a peak season but as long as you make it known that you’re searching for a table one of the staff will be sure to assist you. One thing to note is that if you order a whole pie, it is definitely worth the money. Just one feeds our whole family while it usually takes two or more from a chain restaurant to do the same. Additionally, Pizza Time only accepts cash but they do have an ATM within the building but I strongly recommend getting cash at your local ATM first as theirs has a service charge.
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If you haven’t visited Castillo de San Marcos then I strongly suggest that you do. Not only is it packed with history but the grounds surrounding it are beautiful. You can frequently find musicians hanging about providing an excellent atmosphere and the occasional hula hooper, too. You may have to dodge the occasional child rolling down the hill in the soft grass but the scenery makes up for that. We enjoy sitting on the edge of the wall that’s over the bay and feeding the seagulls bits of crust from our leftover pizza. Assuming we’ve got any left.
From there we usually load up and wander over to the beach. There’s no better way to let the kids run off some of that energy from pizza, gelato, and/or chocolate than letting them be carefree in the sand and water. Even if you don’t get into the water, a stroll along the surf can be just what the doctor ordered after a long morning of shopping and can be a great “reward” for the kids. We usually bring along a gallon of water so that when we get back to the car we can quickly rinse everyone down so that they’re comfortable for the lengthy ride back home. But if you’re staying nearby then you can skip that step! I’ve visited Saint Augustine many times throughout the years and it’s a location that never gets old for me. The atmosphere is so inviting and calming that you’re certain to have a good time!
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