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St. Augustine

St. Augustine Florida

St. Augustine, founded in 1565 and one of the oldest European settlements, is often called "The Oldest City" in the United States. This city brings history to life, while also offering beaches, parks and plenty of fun. Kids can explore the Castillo de San Marcos, a 16th century Spanish fort, visit the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the U.S., sip water from the Fountain of Youth, climb up the St. Augustine Lighthouse, or just romp in the waves at the beach.

    Downtown
    Uptown
    Anastasia Island
    Vilano Beach
   

Tip: Buy tickets to Old Town Trolleys or the Red Trains. Tickets are good for three consecutive days with over 20 stops throughout the uptown and downtown areas. The one-hour tour gives a great overview of local history. In addition to the tour, both companies offer service to St. Augustine Beach included in the price of your ticket.

    Weather is hot in the summer time; spring and fall begin cool, warm up during the day, and end cool; wintertime varies daily. Slather on the sunscreen, and for strolls in marshy or woodsy areas, bring insect repellent.
kids books st augustine florida
     
The Adventures of Pelican Pete childrens books st augustine florida  
The Adventures of Pelican Pete
France Keiser, Hugh Keiser

Explore St. Augustine past and present with Pelican Pete – soaring over St. Augustine lighthouse, Bridge of Lions, Castillo de San Marcos, cobbled streets, forests, flowers and trees. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

     
Saving Home
Judy Lindquist

1702. Based on true events, the whole city takes refuge in Castillo de San Marcos after the English threaten to attack St. Augustine. Inside the fort, three friends, Luissa, Diego and Junco watch as houses are burned, food is rationed, and the fort is bombarded by gunfire. Wonderful local color. (Chapter book)

 

 
Saving Home historical fiction kids st augustine florida
     
history kids st augustine florida Fort Mose  
Fort Mose
Glennette Tilley Turner

Before you visit Fort Mose, read about the first free black settlement in North America, founded in 1738 by Francisco Menendez. Fort Mose was a community of African, Native American and Spanish people that thrived for thirty years. Fascinating historical illustrations. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     

Pirates routinely stopped into St. Augustine, and the privateer Sir Francis Drake attacked the city. Meet the real pirates of the Caribbean, sea robbers who snuck up on ships to steal their treasure.  Fun facts about life at sea, what did pirate ships look like, how did pirates attack, and where did all the pirates go. Super illustrations. (Picture book)

 

 
What If You Met a Pirate?
     
Pirate Activity Book  
Pirates Activity Book
Melinda Long, David Shannon

Little kids will have fun with this pirate activity book - make a pirate hat and eye patch, draw pictures, play the Cannonball card game, stick on removable tattoos. (Activity book)

 

     
Bad Latitude
David Ebright

Action-adventure in St. Augustine, teenage surfer Jack Rackham (a descendent of pirate Calico Jack) teams up with his friends to search for buried treasure on Rattlesnake Island. A haunted lighthouse, snake filled swamps, ghost ship, storms at sea, filled with colorful legends and lore. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)

 

 
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