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Family Road Trip: 24 Hour in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida

In all my years of driving up and down 95, we have never stopped in St. Augustine, Florida. Honestly, it is a travesty. The Oldest City in the United States is a mere 30-minute detour from the highway and the perfect stop for an overnight stay or to pop in for lunch or dinner when traveling North or South. It is certainly a destination on its own. With a rich history of its early Spanish settlers to an extravagant vacation destination to the richest Americans during the Gilded Age, St. Augustine is a place you must visit today.

This is how we spent 24 hours in St. Augustine with my young children.

St. George Inn in St. Augustine, Florida.

St. George Inn in St. Augustine, Florida.

Where We Stayed:

St. George Inn – Clean, quiet, and quaint. You can not beat the location or the helpfulness of the staff. We enjoyed this property immensely.

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States

Where We Explored:

Visit the Castillo de San Marcos – Probably the most iconic site of St. Augustine, this monstrosity of a fort was really beautiful at night.

Pirate & Treasure Museum – Our favorite visit in all St. Augustine, the Pirate Museum is very impressive and extensive, not to mention interactive.

Old Town Trolley – The best way to get around town, especially in the heat. The Trolley stops at 23 locations, where you can board on and off all day. The guided tour is also very informative.

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States – A quick stop into this tiny schoolhouse will make any of your school-aged kids appreciate their current place of education. I did learn a few fun facts while there. Do you know what the Dunce Cap was for?

I can’t wait to go back for a romantic getaway with my husband, for a weekend with friends, or to go back with the kids because there is so much more to see.

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