One of the reasons we love living in central Florida is that it is easy to road trip around FL and see all that this unique state has to offer. We travel occasionally to Jacksonville with my husband for work and on our last trip we spent a few hours at the Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine is just about two hours north of the Orlando area and has a host of interesting sights to see and experience. As it is America’s oldest city, it is practically overflowing with history and is full of learning opportunities for the whole family.
The Colonial Quarter is located in the heart of the city, across from Castillo de San Marcos. Within this 2 acre park there are many options for families to explore and experience together.
There are guided tours offered and as your family tours the grounds you’ll find exhibits highlighting the16th,17th and 18th century life and history in the city!
The tours are included in the price and occur 4 times a day- 10:30, noon, 1:30 and 3:00pm. The tour guides are totally in character and in costume and really engaging with the information they have to share.
You are allowed to tour the grounds on your own as well if you don’t want to participate in the tour. We joined the tour which was very informative and afterwards we walked back to the exhibits we wanted to spend more time in.
Castillo San Marcos is just across the street from the Colonial Quarter which makes for really nice views from the cool 17th century watch tower.
The fort grounds are sprawling and beautiful with views of the water channel. Even if you don’t pay the separate entrance fee to tour the fort, spending time on the fort grounds and enjoying the views are a easy activity that’s sure to engage the kids.
The Colonial Quarter grounds also features a couple restaurants, a gift shop and a large open entertainment space where there is live music and performers most evenings during the week.
And because it’s all in the heart of Old St.Augustine, you are only steps away from the vibrant culture and bustling streets of this amazing town.
If you and your family are planning to visit St. Augustine, you must plan to spend an afternoon at the Colonial Quarter. It will certainly be fun for the kids and adults, alike.