St. Augustine, Florida reminds me of the South of Spain, where my two daughters were born. It’s hardly surprising, since the city was the first settlement in the United States, established in 1565 by the Spanish. It is now celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de León, and will be celebrating its own 450th anniversary in 2015.
On my next visit, which will be my third, I hope to take the kids. Because although many may think of St. Augustine as a romantic getaway—which it can be, as plenty of couples tie the knot or renew their vows there—there are many kid-friendly activities that you don’t want to miss, especially if you want to explore your own Hispanic Heritage with la familia. One of the experiences I enjoyed that was unique and will not be there when you visit, was being aboard El Galeón, a replica of the 16th Century Spanish galleons, which is now on its Viva Florida 500 Voyage. One of the highlights of my trip was being able to hang out with the crew and enjoy their Andalusian accents and friendly attitudes.
Following are some of my recommendations for a kid-friendly visit to St. Augustine: