Road Trip to St. Augustine!

This week we met Stef Layton, over at Educating Laytons, and Alli, over at Simply St. Augustine, in St. Augustine, Florida for a fun day of exploring! Alli was our guide, of course, and she put together a fabulous itinerary for all of us. We visited the Colonial Quarter, hung out on the green at the Castillo De San Marcos, went miniature golfing at Bayfront and road Ripley’s Red Train for their Night of Lights tour.

The Colonial Quarter was the perfect place to immerse ourselves into Spanish and a bit of British history. Our guide told us all about the 16th Century boat he was building, he showed us how to load and fire a 17th century musket, how a blacksmith worked with metal, what a printing press looked like and so much more. After the tour we were free to roam the grounds. The kids loved digging up artifacts in the archaeological dig area and I really enjoyed the view of the Castillo De San Marcos from the watchtower.

Colonial Quarter


MiniatureBayfront Miniature Golfing Click For Video golfing at Bayfront Mini Golf was so fun and relaxing.  Yes, mini golfing with about 14 kids was relaxing.  The course was the perfect size for our crew.  Alli, Stef and I were able to relax while the kiddos golfed.  The course was laid out in a way where you have a perfect view of the bay from every hole.  Here’s a fun fact.  Bayfront Mini Golf was founded in 1949 and is the oldest miniature golf course in Florida! They even have a little spot for you to wash your golf balls.  I think that was my son’s favorite part of the entire course.


We relaxed a bit in between our excursions.  We had a delicious lunch at the Taberna del Caballo, then hung out on the green in front of the Castillo De San Marcos. The kids ran off some energy while we enjoyed some girl time.  We grabbed a delicious cup of coffee from The Kookaburra and sipped it while relaxing at the Plaza de la Constitucion.  We had a wonderful cuban meal where my husband met his twin.  For real ya’ll, this is the first time these two met and look at them.  They dressed the same, both are programmers, both are homeschool dads and both created homeschool software.  Crazy right? Anyway, it made for a fun story and evening.

After dinner, we visited Ripley’s for their Red Train Nights of Lights Tour.  It was a blast!  We didn’t have to wait in line at at all.  We grabbed our magical glasses and boarded our train.  Christmas lights in St. Augustine are breathtaking! After our tour we enjoyed marshmallows dipped in chocolate, Christmas movies, Polynesian fire dancers and more.  This is a unique Christmas time event that you will not want to miss. We had a blast and created so many fun memories.

Ripley's Nights of Lights

After our day of fun we crashed at the Jaybird Inn. We grabbed an Express Deal on Priceline which means we received a great rate for a decent hotel.  Our room was nicely remodeled.  I loved the contemporary decor.  Our neighbors were a little loud so it was hard for hubs. to get the rest he needed but aside from that I recommend this hotel.

After breakfast we decided to take pictures of the fort and walk around a bit.  We stopped by the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center .  My boys enjoyed walking through the fabulous art collection that was on display. One of the pieces really drew them in.  Interactive, touch screen, table top monitors were available for us to “play” with.  Again, great for the kids.  There were gift stores and discounted tickets available for the attractions.  You will want to stop by the Visitor’s center plan and start your St. Augustine, Florida visit.  For the remainder of the day we just walked around the city.  We stopped by Claude’s Chocolate for a treat and I’m so glad we did. Their cSt. Augustine Visitor Centerhocolate is to die for!  After that we had to head home as the boys had a special date with  grandma and grandpa.

Thank you so much to Simply St. Augustine, Ripley’s and the Colonial Quarter for hosting us.  We had wonderful time and we will definitely be visiting again!



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About Jennifer

Jennifer is a homeschool mom to 2 energetic boys. She, her husband and boys, love playing outdoors exploring new places and making new friends! Being a homeschooling mom, she considers travel a perfect extension of her children's education. You can find Jennifer tweeting about life and her adventures at @jennparkerson.
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