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Beautiful Parks to Visit in St Augustine FL-

Looking for a great park to hike, horseback ride, kayak or swim? Check out some of these great spots. Most of the parks here in Saint Augustine are pet friendly and allow dogs but they must be on a leash no longer than 6′. Some parks don’t allow pets on the beach or certain other areas.  Check our notes or the parks website for more details.

 

Many of these parks offer camping if you’re looking for a place to stay.  Check the Park Legend for information on activities.

  Park Legend

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  • HikingHIKING
  • SurfingSURFING
  • Wildlife WILDLIFE
$ 8.00 Per Car
Dog friendly except for the beach.
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You can also rent  Hobie Cats, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks here

1340 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080

904.461.2033

 

Anastasia State Park is located only 1.5 miles from historic downtown and has activities for every member of the family. Nature walks, kayaking and fishing are just a few of the activities you will find at this beautiful beachfront state park. Anastasia also offers kayak and canoe rentals on site. The park has covered picnic areas, showers and a snack bar.

 

Fort Matanzas National Monument

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FREE

Dog friendly except for the Fort and Ferry ride.
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8635 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080

904.471.0116

 

Fort Matanzas has a history closely entwined with the City of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos. Built in 1740-1742 by the Spanish, it was used to guard the Matanzas inlet, to ward off and warn northern neighbors of British enemies from the south. Today, the Fort is a standing monument for the early Spanish Empire in Florida. Located on the barrier islands off the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this historic landmark is home to an abundance of Florida wildlife.

Fort Mose Historic State Park

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$2.00 per person, museum admission fee. Children 5 and younger are free.

Wildlife

15 Fort Mose Trail

St. Augustine, Florida 32084

904.823.2232

 

Fort Mose, established in 1738 by Manuel Montiano, gave safety to Africans running away from slavery in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, making the fort a monument for black history. They created a founding community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions.

 

Geo-Seeking

Geocaches are hidden in the park. Please check geocaching.com for the most current up-to-date information.

Historic Site
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The site was designed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Interpretive Exhibit
Interpretive panels are installed throughout the park, depicting the story of Fort Mose. The park also has replicas of three historic items, including a chosa or a cooking hut, a small historic garden and a small Spanish flat boat called a barca chata.

Museum

The museum, located in the park’s visitor center, helps visitors learn more about the site’s significance within the history of the United States. The collection includes highly interactive, multimedia exhibits and artifacts found during the excavation of the second Fort Mose site.
Faver-Dykes State Park
$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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1000 Faver-Dykes Road

St. Augustine, Florida 32086

904.794.0997

 

Faver-Dykes offers activities for an entire fun filled day. Camping, canoeing, hiking and picnicking can all be enjoyed at this pristine, undeveloped landscape that truly represents the Real Florida. The 1,608 acres along Pellicer Creek are home to an array of Florida wildlife such as deer, turkeys, hawks and river otters. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent on-site.

Canoes can be reserved by calling the park. $5.00 plus tax per hour.  $25.00 plus tax for 5 or more hours (all day).

The park has two 1/2 mile loop nature trails. One trail begins near the picnic area and winds along the pine flatwoods into the scrub and along Pellicer Creek. The other trail begins in the campground and winds along the hardwood hammock and along the banks of Pellicer Creek. Several miles of park boundary roads and back woods roads are also available for hiking. Please make prior arrangements with park staff to hike these backwoods areas.

Pellicer Creek borders the southern boundary of the park and is popular for fishing. Both saltwater and freshwater species can be caught in Pellicer Creek. Red drum, black drum, sheepshead, spotted seatrout, common snook can all be caught from the park’s fishing dock. Freshwater species such as large mouth bass and bream can be caught closer to the creek headwaters. A fishing license may be required. Size and bag limits are strictly enforced. All of the current regulations are available at the park.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

$5.00 per vehicle. On the ocean side, please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

$5.00 per boat that access park from the Intracoastal Waterway. Please pay at the Ranger Station.

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3100 S. State Road A1A

Flagler Beach, Florida 32136

386.517.2086

 

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this 144-acre park offers coastal camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and nature study. The daily low tide is an ideal time to observe the shore birds feeding in tidal ponds, and summer months bring sea turtles to lay their eggs in the sand.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area has kayaks and canoes available for rent! We offer single and tandem style kayaks. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from our boat ramp that easily leads to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Come by the ranger station to rent by the hour or by the day! We now offer stand up paddle board rentals and tours by Roll ‘n’ Float Outfitters.  http://www.rollnfloatoutfitters.com/

Wildlife Viewing

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area plays host to an extremely wide variety of wildlife and plant life. Our park plays host to many different birds. This park is located on the east section of The Great Florida Birding Trail. During late spring, summer, and early fall, many sea turtles crawl up on the park’s beach to lay their eggs. The beach calls many interesting creatures home such as shore birds, crabs, and fish. Right whales can be found hanging out offshore during winter months. During the warmer months manatees and dolphins can be seen frolicking in the ocean or in the inter=coastal waterway. Wildlife such as butterflies, otters, bobcats, deer, owls, gopher tortoise, snakes, and alligators are all possibilities when you on your own adventure in the Real Florida!

 

Swimming is always a popular activity for those interested in exercise, cooling off, or having fun. The park has about ½ mile of beach for visitors to play on. There is no lifeguard on duty, however, the beach is patrolled regularly by our park staff.

Moses Creek Conservation Area

 

Trail Map –  http://www.sjrwmd.com/trailguides/pdfs/mosescreektrail.pdf
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S.R. 206

St. Augustine, FL 32086

386.329.4404

 

One of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region can be found at Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves. Wildlife such as the great blue heron, snow egrets, osprey, hawks, gopher tortoises, deer, otters and foxes can all be seen at this riverside conservation area. Native Americans, who occupied the area thousands of years ago, used the tidal marshes as an important resource.

Hiking

Hiking, jogging, bird-watching or any other activity where travel is by foot only is allowed on District lands except in areas restricted by signs.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on many conservation areas on trails in designated areas and established roads and fire lines, except where restricted by signs. Check area maps for horseback riding opportunities.

 

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

 

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

 

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

 

 

Pets are not allowed on the beach or the gardens.
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6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard

Palm Coast, Florida 32137

386.446.6780

 

This 410-acre park is truly one of Florida’s gems. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, the park sets a picturesque setting for a day of hiking and picnicking in the gardens or fishing along the river. Washington Oaks Gardens also has a unique coquina rock shore that serves as a feeding ground for many species of birds at low tide.

 

Fishing

Fishing from the seawall and surf fishing is allowed at Washington Oaks. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a popular place for recreational fishing. Fishing can be enjoyed from the park’s seawall on the Matanzas River. Surf fishing is allowed from the beach. A number of different species are routinely caught, including whiting and blue fish in the surf; several species of trout, redfish, drum and flounder along the seawall. A Florida saltwater fishing license may be required.

Gardens

The formal gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks Gardens. A portion of the hammock contains a formal garden where many species of exotic plants from around the world are displayed along footpaths and around reflecting ponds. The gardens are well known for their azaleas, camellias and roses.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park provides trails for both hiking and biking. The Bella Vista trails include the Timucuan hiking trail, Jungle Road hike and bike trail and the Old A-1-A hike and bike trail. This 1.7 mile trail system explores a mature coastal maritime hammock and ventures into the edge of a dense canopied coastal scrub. The Mala Compra hiking loop is a half-mile loop that explores the eco-zone between the coastal maritime hammock and the estuarine tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. The hiking trails at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Florida Trail Association. These trails are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

This park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Birding can be enjoyed in a variety of habitats including the beach, Matanzas River, and throughout the formal gardens.  Each year during the migratory seasons birding becomes a very popular activity at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Check out our Birding Checklist
 

 

The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine FL is a Pet Friendly Attraction Worth Seeing

Ponce De Leon’s World Famous Fountain of Youth is one of my favorite places in St. Augustine, FL. This attraction is very dear to my heart. My grandparents Joe & Nan Deuschle met and fell in love there in 1927. My grandfather was the gardener who discovered the skeletal remains of the Timucua Indians in 1934 while he was planting orange trees on the property.  This incredible discovery led to research conducted by the Smithsonian Institute and The University of Florida Museum of Natural History and is a large part of the parks history today.

 

 

 

The Park is located on 15 beautifully landscaped waterfront acres. This beautiful piece of property is home to many friendly peacocks. They love to display their colorful  feathers in hopes of being fed peanuts by the many guests who come through the Parks Gates. I visited the park recently and although I have been there many times before  I never tire of the gorgeous grounds. I ran into several locals that day who were all enjoying the Park and its views of the Intracoastal.

The Park is most famous for its springs, also known as The Fountain of Youth. About 60 years ago, they built a beautiful Coquina structure around the spring with a gorgeous fireplace to warm yourself on a cool winters day. The spring water comes directly from Florida’s aquifer and is said to contain over 30 minerals. I have been drinking from the spring since I was five years old, my first visit to the fountain of youth. Here they have cups of water so you too can drink from the springs magical waters.

The Park is a combination of an “Old Florida tourist attraction” and a world-class Archaeological Park.  The owners have gone through great lengths to preserve its’ history and to continually improve the Park and the exhibits. Even if you have been here before,  it’s worth coming back to see the new exhibits that are constantly added. On my recent visit, I was there to enjoy the new Founders River walk. The Park has recently added a 600 foot dock out into the gorgeous salt marsh. Here you have spectacular views of the inlet and the Bay. They have even included some benches to sit down and relax on while you breathe in the salt air and watch the wildlife out in the marsh.  This particular day I also took some time to learn more about the reconstruction of the Mission Church.  The structure was built using historically correct methods wherever possible using local cypress, which was known to 16th century Spaniards to be durable and resistant to wood-eating insects. The Mission church features a choir loft and rustic altar, and uses a palm thatch roof. The floor is crushed coquina, as is the area around the church.

 

The Park has living history exhibits performed by knowledgeable reenactors. One of my favorite demonstrations is the cannon firing. A crowd had gathered  to see this in depth demonstration of the firing of a Breech Cannon. BOOM! Hold your ears for this one. This is a beautiful Cannon and you don’t get to see one of these in action very often. I loved this demonstration and so did the rest of the visitors. We were also shown how to shoot a Crossbow that was of Spanish influence. That was a big favorite of all of the kids watching, but I loved it too. I think I’ll be adding one of those to my Christmas list.

All of the Reenactors at the Park are phenomenal. They are friendly, professional and have a wealth of knowledge. They are happy to answer your questions and teach you about the history behind the particular demonstration. The day I was there, they also had someone making  pottery, and someone carving a canoe out of a hunk of pine using the burn and scrape method. These reenactments were taking place in the Timucan Village.  The things they do here are amazing and so interactive.

 

Archaeologists have been excavating at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park for over 80 years, and in that time the discoveries have rewritten history textbooks time and time again. Since 1934, archaeologists have made a long list of major finds at the Park, and excavations continue to this day. You can see some of these archaeological treasures on display within the Park.

If you go hungry, they have a great snack bar where you can grab an appetizer, hamburger, sandwich or one of the coldest beers in town. They also have a fantastic gift shop if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir. The Park is a pet friendly attraction too. 

So whether or not you love history or archaeology, lush landscaping and views of the Bay or friendly peacocks looking for treats, The Fountain of Youth has something for you. Take a few hours and be transported in time, enjoy and explore!

 

 Discover something old,

 discover something new,

 discover something beautiful 

 in a park with the perfect view.

 

 

 

 

The Fountain of Youth is open 9-6 daily and the last ticket is sold at 5:00pm.

 

 

Adult (13-59 yrs): 12.00
Child (6-12 yrs): 8.00
Senior (60+ yrs): 11.00

 11 Magnolia Ave  St. Augustine, FL

Phone: 904 829 3168

“Know What The Locals Know”

 

The Best Sightseeing Tour in Historic St Augustine for Day-Trippers

Sightseeing Tours St Augustine

The Shrine

The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine has an “ask a local” feature. We are always asked the question “what is the best tour to see the city?”  Sometimes people will be staying a few days, but often times they are only here for a day and don’t have a lot of time to spare.

 

 

If you are here for a day or two and want to see some of the more historic and beautiful landmarks of downtown,  I recommend  St. Augustine  Gold Tours. The tour is conducted on a small, quiet electric tour bus. To me it was more like a golf cart on steroids. The maximum amount of passengers is six. What I love about this tour is with only six people on board, you really get to interact with your tour guide. The small size of the bus allows the tour guide to take you down some of the most narrow historic picturesque streets in downtown. The tour lasts for roughly 90 minutes and is $25.00  per person. Read More→

Enjoy A Fun Pirate Pub Tour In St Augustine FL- Learn Pirate History While Sipping Sangria.

Ahoy Matie!   If you are looking for fun night out on the town being thoroughly entertained, look no further. St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours offers a pirate pub crawl that is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The pirate pub crawl is roughly 2 1/2 hours long and rich with history.

 

 

On our arrival we were greeted by the beautiful redheaded Privateer Anne Bonny. She was to be our guide for the evening. She was dressed authentically, right down to her magnificent collection of pirate/privateer weaponry. We were greeted with a beer, after all, this is a pub crawl too. I knew right away this was going to be a great evening. Anne Bonny lives and breathes Pirates. There was no question she could not answer. Read More→

Relax and See the City from the Bay on a Delightful Boat Ride in St Augustine FL

One of my favorite things to do in St. Augustine, Florida is to hop aboard The Victory III Scenic Cruise Line. I love to go with my husband at sunset and take all of our friends and family as well. We have even celebrated my sister Christine’s birthday aboard eating LuLi’s Cupcakes.

The one hour and 15 minute tour Read More→

A Really Unique and Fun Ghost Tour in St Augustine FL

We have lots of friends and family that visit us in St. Augustine. We basically live  like tourists at least one week a month. We go on lots of tours, we visit lots of attractions and do a lot of eating and drinking when we have guests in town. We are always trying new things  to find the best experiences to share with our guests and because we love to have fun.

Next month, I have a friend coming in who likes ghost tours, so I wanted to try the “Spirits with Spirits” Paranormal Pub Crawl Tour.  St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours does this particular tour. Some of the ghost tours in St. Augustine can be a little hokey if you’re not into this type of thing, but this one looked different. Read More→

Historic Military Sites on the Southern Bayfront

   Our “Historic Military Site” Contributor Harry Metz has shared some great “local” insight about our southern bayfront. This is great information to read if you are headed down to see the Saint Augustine National Cemetery.  

   

Take a drive down Marine Street south of the Bridge of Lions along the new (2013) sea wall. The wall has been extended twelve feet into the Bay to protect the historic coquina wall built in the 1830’s and offer better protection from flooding.  As you make the right and then a left turn you are looking at the St. Francis Barracks, now the  Florida National Guard Headquarters and one of the few not located in a State Capitol.  The earliest portion of the structure dates to the 1730’s.  South of that building are Officers Quarters built in the 1880’s.  Across the street is the only remaining building constructed in 1768 by the British during their occupation of the City (1763-1784).  It was their Bakery and is now a garage.

Just past the houses is the St. Augustine National Cemetery, which began as the military Post cemetery and in 1881 was designated a National Cemetery.  The Post was established in 1821, when Florida became a Territory, and the first recorded burial there was in 1828.  At the south end you will note three pyramids, beneath which are the remains of an unknown number of soldiers who died during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).   These remains were gathered from battle grounds, hospitals, forts and encampments around the state and ceremoniously reinterred here on August 14, 1842.

 

Parking is a problem during the National Guard duty days, which include the first two weekends each month,  from 0800-1700 (5pm).  If you want to walk in this area for a closer look at the tombstones, etc., turn right on San Salvador at the end of the cemetery then right on Charlotte St at the other end of the wall.  You can park on the right side of the street if you can find a place.  It is patrolled, so don’t park at a yellow curb.  If you cannot find a place to park go to the end of the street and jog left into the St. Augustine Historical Society’s parking lot.  The signs say it is for visitors to the Oldest House or the store.  To remain honest, go to their store and check out their extensive collection of books on St. Augustine and Florida history and gifts.  You can also take their tour of (one of) the oldest houses in town.

 

 

Saint Augustine National Cemetery

Contributed by Harry Metz

 

The Cannons at Oglethorpe Battery Park- St Augustine

Scott Hughes, Reenactor, as General James Oglethorpe, Governor of Georgia

 The newest addition to one of the City’s historical military sites occurred on June 30, 2013.  On that date, three replica cannons were unveiled in Oglethorpe Battery Park. This was the site of a three gun battery used by Georgia’s Colonial Governor, Gen James Oglethorpe, in his attempt to force the surrender of the Castillo de San Marcos and the City itself in 1740.  His unsuccessful siege lasted from June 27 to July 20 and was lifted by a Spanish fleet bringing supplies to the besieged City.

The cannons are aligned on a 282 degree heading, aimed at the Castillo which is not presently visible from the park.  It lies across the Bay about three quarters of a mile away, well within the effective range of the guns. Contributions for the cannons were raised by the 450th Military Commemoration Committee and the local home owners association (SANDS).  The City provided the concrete pads and gun carriages.

 

 

The Park is on the corner of Arredondo Ave and Oglethorpe Blvd.  From Anastasia Blvd turn North at the Anastasia Inn onto Arredondo Ave and go north four blocks.  The Park will be on your right and the battery on its northwest corner.

 

Anastasia State Park- A Great Place to Stay or Play

Anastasia State Park is a little slice of paradise located near historic downtown and the beaches in St. Augustine. Whether you are visiting for the day or camping for a week, this beautiful Park will appeal to all. I personally have camped there since I was a small child and I visit the park now on a regular basis to take advantage of all this little slice of paradise has to offer.

The campsites are truly reminiscent of old Florida. The breeze off the ocean has created some of the most picturesque, gracefully bent Cedar trees I have ever seen, to shade you from the Florida sun. It  Features 139 Sites with electric and water hookups for both RVs and tents. The park offers all amenities including a communal dump station, hot water showers and laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi hotspot. The campground is pet friendly for well-behaved pets.

 

 

The park itself is open daily from 8 AM until sunset all year round. There is an $8 entrance fee per car. The park allows fishing, boating, swimming and fires in designated areas.

 

The Park  is home to over 4 miles of beaches to walk, jog or bike. There is a store and a snack shack that sells beach sundries and  camping and fishing supplies. You can also rent bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas. If you’re looking to picnic there are three different picnic areas, some with tables under pavilions with grills and a beautiful private hilltop gazebo with a table and grill. The picnic areas are  handicap accessible. The park also has plenty of public restrooms, showers and playground areas.

 

 

 

The beaches are absolutely gorgeous!  Cars are not allowed to drive on these beaches and  you can’t bring your pets either.  These are some of the most beautiful unspoiled beache you will find  with gorgeous sea oats covered sand dunes. There are lifeguards on duty to protect you during the summer months.  Here’s a locals’ tip for you …. they always fly a purple flag which means dangerous marine life. This is standard in all state parks to protect them as well as you. Don’t be discouraged by this, you can always ask a lifeguard before you swim if they have seen any dangerous marine life that day. If the tide is out, this is also a great beach to go shelling.

If you love water sports, Anastasia Water Sports is located within the park. ( see my review ) They rent kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, paddleboats, Hobie cat, Sunfish, and stand up paddle boards.  It’s best to make a reservation but if you can’t, just stop by, they will do their best to accommodate you. Some rentals are dependent on tides so it’s good to check with them first.

You can walk for miles at Anastasia State Park  enjoying the wildlife, ocean views and salt air.  It is truly a wonderful way to spend a day.

 

 

ENJOY!

Fun in the Sun on a Hobie Cat- Anastasia Watersports

There is nothing I love more than being out on the water. Ever since I was a child, I loved water sports of all kinds. About five years ago, I was at an all-inclusive Sandals resort in St. Lucia. They had every water sport you could imagine. So what did I do, I tried them all and I fell in love with a Hobie Cat, we ended up taking it out every day we were there. I was reminiscing about that trip recently and decided my husband and I needed to rent a Hobie cat.

 

Anastasia WaterSports is a great place to rent a Hobie Cat, kayak, windsurfer, pedal boat, Sunfish or stand up paddle board. it’s located in salt run within  Anastasia State Park. We rented a Hobie Cat for two hours at the cost of $55.00

 

It was a beautiful 86° day with a wonderful breeze and clear blue sky. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to sail up and down  Salt Run.  The scenery there is spectacular, you can sail up to the lighthouse and back down Salt Run with a view of pure white sand dunes and lush green marsh speckled with magnificent wading birds. the day I was there, there were several species of Egret and Herons.  The warm water, gentle breezes and beautiful scenery transported me back to the day of my first Hobie cat ride in St. Lucia.  Sailing out of Anastasia Watersports in the state Park makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island. 

The staff at Anastasia water sports is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.  If you’ve never sailed or kayaked before or used a paddleboard for that matter,  they will give you a lesson and get you comfortable  before sending you out with all the gear you need.  Their mission is that everyone has a good time and a great experience and they certainly accomplished that for me.

You do need to pay to get into the State Park, it’s eight dollars per car. I personally feel it’s well worth it (see my review of the park)  The Park has beautiful unspoiled beaches and gorgeous sand dunes.  It has public restrooms, showers and a place to buy food and snacks. It has beautiful, covered picnic areas including a hilltop picnic area under a gazebo that’s very private  and grills. there are  plenty of old cedar trees to provide you with shade and gentle breezes to keep you cool.

 

All in all I think no matter what you decide to rent at Anastasia Watersports you will be glad you did. We can’t wait to go back and jump on a couple of stand up paddle boards.

Painting with Dolphins

One of the most unique and educational attractions St. Augustine has to offer is Marineland Dolphin Adventure. There are a few places in the US where you get to interact with dolphins. They offer several programs to choose from to fit almost any budget.
 
 
 
General admission guests are able to view the dolphins through 6 x 10 ft acrylic windows as they swim, play and interact with guests in other programs. Admission fees are:
$9.95 for adults ages 13 and above, $5.95 for children (ages 3-12), $8.95 for seniors (60+)
I have personally experienced the Dolphin Designs Program and the Touch and Feed. I received the Dolphin Designs program as a birthday gift one year. As a dolphin lover, this experience BLEW me out of the water. You get to interact with the dolphin, with a canvas and paints and with your help, he creates your beautiful masterpiece. You hold the canvas and the dolphin holds the paint brush in her mouth.
 
 
 I have swam with dolphins before in the Dominican Republic and it was a wonderful adventure. However this is something you have to do if you love dolphins and  it is a completely different interaction. You  must be at least five years old to participate in this program. The cost is $90 per person and I highly suggest making reservations as this program sells out quickly. The experience is about 15 minutes long with the dolphin, about a half hour total, including picking out your paint colors and the instructions with your trainer. Of course you get to bring your picture home too. My dolphin’s name was Dazzle and here is the picture we painted together.
 
 
The touch and feed program is about five minutes long. You or your child will get to feed the dolphin some fish and pet him after he introduces himself to you.
You must be three years old or older to participate in  this program. The cost is $29 per person. You do get wet during all of these programs so wear a bathing suit or dress accordingly.
 
 
So far these are the only programs I have participated in.  I can’t vouch for the Immersion, the Discover Dolphins or the Trainer  for a day prgrams. I do want to try these  sometime in the near future and update this review.
All in all, I would have to say that if you or your child loves dolphins you really should stop in at Marineland. If you just do the general admission, the viewing area is small enough that you can really see what’s going on with the other programs and the huge glass windows give you a great view of the dolphins playing below the water. Marineland is located right on the beach so you have beach access and gorgeous views while you’re interacting with dolphins.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
9600 Oceanshore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Phone: 904-471-1111 or 877-933-3402
 

Fun Parks for Kids to Play- Saint Augustine

Davenport Park –180 San Marco Ave-   904-823-3388

Davenport Park has a full scale, antique carousel offering rides for little ones 7 days a week all year round for $1 per ride.

This park has a very nice playground area with a nice shaded tree canopy covering the many picnic table areas.

The climbing structure is very nice and has some interesting, and fun things for kids to do. The play structure was funded by a non profit foundation in memory of Kourtney Nicole Schmidt, who lost her life at the age of 10 months to Spinal Macular Atrophy. Her remarkable parents, who were grieving, decided to set up a foundation in her honor to do something good for the community.

The foundation created the play structure inside Davenport Park. It is called Kourtney’s Korner, and is fully handicapped accessible, meaning a wheelchair can go right up the ramp and kids can play with some fun interactive things up at the top of the structure.

 

 

Splash Water Park at The Saint Augustine Pier:  Lots of fun for the kids!! Right there by the pier entrance is a splash park for your kids to run and play in along with a little play ground.  It is right on the beach so you can go and enjoy the waves too!  There are picnic tables and bathrooms available as well as free parking.

 

S.W.I.N.G. Park: Located in downtown by the parking garage and next to Francis Field.  This is an awesome park for the kids!!  The structure is mostly wood with lots of things to climb and walk across.  There are regular swings and a tire swing.   There is also a separate section for the smaller children.

 

Treaty Park:  Located off Wildwood Rd off SR207.  This park has a dog park too!!  There is a playground, tennis courts, racquetball courts, skate park and nature trails.  There is also a dock that is over a pond to feed the ducks and turtles.  This park also has a covered pavilion with picnic tables.

 

Contributed by, Jennifer Ellen Ellis -Olde Towne Toys