Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/Steve HeapFlagler collegeSt Augustine lighthouseSt. Augustine's Lighthouse at Anastasia IslandST. AUGUSTINEST. AUGUSTINEDrawbridge-Ft Castillo de San MarcosCuna Street, St Augustine, FloridaSt. Augustine Lighthouse.

Families will love:

  • Multitude of attractions for all ages
  • Walking distance to many attractions
  • Kid-friendly restaurants with varied cuisines

Founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Given its Spanish origins, the city has a strong Hispanic heritage that is epitomized in many local sites and attractions. But did you know that St. Augustine also is the birthplace of African-American history in the United States? The first people of African descent ... more
Founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Given its Spanish origins, the city has a strong Hispanic heritage that is epitomized in many local sites and attractions. But did you know that St. Augustine also is the birthplace of African-American history in the United States? The first people of African descent came here as officers, soldiers and sailors in the Spanish military, and decided to stay.

Pirates, too, took a liking to St. Augustine, unfortunately as a place to plunder. In fact, Sir Francis Drake went so far as to burn down the city in 1586. Residents continue to commemorate all things piratical, whether at local attractions or during the city's three annual pirate events held each March, June and October.

Also, unlike many other American cities, many of St. Augustine's original structures still stand today, such as the Oldest Wooden School House and the Oldest House. Tourists will see the city's Spanish influence reflected in the beautiful architecture found throughout the city, including the buildings of Flagler College and the Lightner Museum.

Simply put, St. Augustine offers more than enough to fill any family vacation itinerary. In fact, to adequately see even a small portion of the city's offerings, families ideally should plan to stay at least one week, although the longer the better.

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