15+ Things to do in St Augustine with kids


St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the United States, and with that comes a ton of history to explore with your kids. There is so much to do that you and your kids will enjoy. There are beaches, parks, monuments, a zoological park, historic streets, and great places to eat and shop. You can even take a ghost tour by trolley, for those looking for some extra adventure!


Here are 15 things to do in St. Augustine with kids. Check out the Gowhee App for more locations recommended by local parents.

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Castillo De San Marcos in St Augustine Florida. Source: Gowhee App

1. Visit the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

Self-tour this historic fort that offers a great opportunity for hands-on learning and exploring. The kids will especially enjoy seeing all of the original cannons that have been restored. They are located on the top level. If you plan your trip ahead, you may even catch a cannon firing!


Key Information: FREE for children under 16 years old and $10/adult – Bathrooms are onsite – Food nearby – Strollers and Wheelchairs accessible.

Good To Know: The kids can get a free Junior Ranger badge here. 


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 2. Bird Watch at Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, and it’s home to dozens of species of birds. It has plenty of trails, a beautiful family-friendly beach, and a safe designated swimming area.

Key Information: $8 per vehicle – food onsite – parking included in park admission

Good To Know: If anyone in your party uses a wheelchair, there are free beach-friendly wheelchairs available to borrow.

3. Climb 165-Feet to the Top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse

How far can you see from the top of a 165-foot tall lighthouse? You and your kids can find out on a good day! If heights aren’t your thing, check out the maritime museum and archaeological excavations, or grab a bite at the WWII-themed Tin Pickle restaurant.

Key Information: $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids – kids’ play area onsite – restaurant onsite

Good To Know: Kids must be at least 44 inches tall to climb. 



4. Take a Break from the Heat with Hyppo Gourmet Ice Popsicles

Located right in the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, this popsicle shop is the perfect place to take a break and recharge. Kids will love all the fun different flavors such as citrus dragon, blueberry pie, or vanilla brownie. But parents will be thrilled to know that all their pops are made with the freshest ingredients, fruits, herbs, and raw cane sugar. 

Key Information: Popsicles start at $6 – High chairs available on site- Bathrooms have a changing table.

Good To Know: Enjoy your pop in the little courtyard, it is absolutely charming.

Family eating popsicles at hyppo gourmet pops
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Things To Do in St. Augustine with Kids

5. Play In the Sand & Surf of Crescent Beach

Just south of St. Augustine is Crescent Beach, a hidden treasure that’s perfect for families. The surf is gentle with little current, and the hard-packed sand is great for picnics, beach volleyball, frisbee, or building a sandcastle.


Key Information: FREE – Free parking – Seasonally staffed lifeguards


Good To Know: While there are no snack stands on the beach, pizza and ice cream are just steps away.


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6. See Florida’s Most Fearsome Predators Up-Close at St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park

One of Florida’s premiere zoological parks, St. Augustine Alligator Farm is the only place in the world where you can see every species of crocodilian, as well as many other species of reptiles and exotic mammals and birds. Kids can get eye to eye with these incredible creatures and even hold a baby alligator!

Key Information: $29.99 adult admission, $18.99 for children – food onsite – ADA accessible (with discounted admission rates for wheelchair users)

Good To Know: There are several daily wildlife shows free with admission, which are great for kids who want to sit down and take a break for a little bit.


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7. Step Back In Time in St. Augustine Old City

This charming historic little town is filled with restaurants and historical buildings. Local families love coming here to enjoy a weekend staycation since there are tons of kid-friendly attractions like the potter’s wax museum or mini-golf. Kids can enjoy some more educational places as well like the replica of a 1600s Spanish Village.

Key Information: FREE – Food onsite – Stroller and Wheelchair accessible.

Good To Know: The old city is a step away from the ocean and near a beautiful lighthouse, so make sure to tour it.

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St Augustine Old City. Source Gowhee App

8. Take a Creepy Ghost Tour by Trolley

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, so there’s bound to be some creepy ghost stories in its long history. The Ghosts & Gravestone Tour is a scary good time and features a narrated tour of the city’s most haunted habitations. 

Key Information: $26.67 per person – trolley tours last 60 minutes – tickets include wax museum and oddities exhibition admission

Good To Know: This ghost tour isn’t a horror show by any means, but it’s probably a better experience for families with older kids who aren’t easily scared. 


9. Spend a Day Shopping, Walking, & Eating on Historic St. George Street

St. George Street is a historic street known for its history and lively atmosphere. There are dozens of little shops and restaurants, as well as architecture dating back to the city’s colonial origins. But best of all, especially for families with active kids, there are no cars allowed on this street. 

Key Information: FREE to window shop; food and merchandise vary in price – stroller friendly – must park offsite.

Good To Know: The Colonial Quarter hosts hourly living history demonstrations, where kids can watch a blacksmith in action, see muskets get fired, or climb the old watchtower.

10. Hunt for Treasure with Pirates Aboard the Black Raven

Climb aboard the Black Raven for an unforgettable adventure on the open seas! Probably one of the most fun things to do in St Augustine with kids. Sail for treasure on a real ship, watch ferocious sword fights, and even get in a cannon battle! 

Key Information: $34.95 for adults, $24.95 for children – plan for a couple hours – strollers must be left in the ship’s gift shop.

Good To Know: Parking can be very tricky at the marina, so book a spot in advance or park on Anastasia Island and walk across the bridge.

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11. Play 18-Holes at Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf Course

Mini golf is a great way to relax and have fun with your family. When you bring a 65-foot Spanish galleon, soft-serve ice cream, and gorgeous city and ocean views into the mix, it’s the perfect way to spend an hour or two.

Key Information: $12.75 for adults, $10.75 for kids 3-12 – snacks onsite – restrooms nearby.

Good To Know: The course is well-lit, and many people enjoy playing under the stars after a long day.

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Pirate Museum in St Augustine Florida

12. Have Your Mind Blown at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

At Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, truth is always stranger than fiction. In addition to oddities and strange natural history, there are plenty of cool artifacts all about space exploration. There are also city tours run by the museum, as well as the oldest mini-golf course in Florida.

Key Information: Admission starts $23.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids – 

Good To Know: The Red Train tours are hop-on, hop-off and are a great way to get around the city if you’re not renting a car… believe it or not!


13. Learn About Blacksmithing in the Colonial Quarter

Learning about history is one of the major things to do in St Augustine with kids, and when you visit the Colonial Quarter, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time. Join a living history tour and see how blacksmiths turned old metal into the necessities of life, or see how colonial soldiers defended the settlement with muskets. 

Key Information: Tours cost $14.99 per adult, $8.99 per child 5-15 – public restrooms available at the Colonial Oak Music Park- stroller friendly

Good To Know: Two of the three restaurants in the Colonial Quarter, the St. Augustine Seafood Company and Taberna del Caballo, have special kids’ menus.

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14. Explore Florida’s Biodiversity at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Take a walk on the wild side with your kids! Three rivers meet the ocean at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. This is a beautiful, fragile ecosystem that’s vital to the health of Florida’s land and water. Your family can enjoy a hike through this rare landscape and learn about what makes this ecosystem so special.

Key Information: $3 per vehicle (up to 8 people) – restrooms in the visitor center – no food or concessions onsite. 

Good To Know: The GTM research reserve has trails but is not as well-developed as other area locations, so this might be best for families with older kids.



15. Go Fishing on St. Johns County Pier

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is a great place to start your family vacation. Start at the gift shop, where you can rent fishing gear and beach chairs, as well as load up on snacks and drinks. The pier is located on the four-acre St. Augustine beach park, and there’s always lots to see and do.

Key Information: $2 admission, $4 fishing permit-free parking – splash park and playground on site for kids.

Good To Know: If you visit the pier on Wednesdays, there’s a weekly farmer’s market with live entertainment.

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