A Day in St Augustine

Who else is familiar with the struggle to manage their schedule of multiple children?? With Emma away at school, it is definitely a priority to visit, and be part of her journey, whenever we get the chance. Her first year away definitely panned out much differently than I had expected. Sadly, chances to go visit, were far and few between, even with a flexible homeschooling schedule. We finally were able to squeeze in a day in St Augustine.

St Augustine's government house museum

Students from Emma’s school took part in the Ramanza Festivale in St. Augustine, not far from her school. We were actually free that day, so we headed up early to spend some time around the city until Emma had to perform. Walking around the city has been on my bucket list since moving here. It was a short visit, but we were able to squeeze in some pretty fun things. 

What We Did in St Augustine

Teens eating macarons in St Augustine pinterest graphic

LeMacaron

While driving around for a parking spot, Le Macaron pastry shop caught Josephine’s eye. No surprise there! She loves her macarons. We popped into the cute, Paris themed shop for a quick treat.

Display of macaroons at Le Macaron in St Augustine

A large variety of flavors for their macarons, we decided on coconut, Baileys, espresso, bubble gum, rose, and chocolate mint. My favorite ended up being the bubble gum.

Alter area of Cathedral of St Augustine

Being a Catholic family, touring churches, especially historic basilicas, cathedrals, and shrines is something we enjoy. On top of that, the FIRST parish in America!! Therefore, it is also the oldest continuously running Catholic parish in America. We had to check it out. The wood beams stood out to us immediately. Such intricate detail on the beams.

Mary statue in Cathedral St Augustine
St Augustine Cathedral Stain Glass window

Beautiful artwork on all the walls, and stain glass windows that are sure to grab you attention.

St Augustine Cultural Center and governor house

Cultural centers are becoming one of our favorite FREE historic adventures. They are filled with art, history and fun facts. St Augustine Cultural Center is located in the old governor’s building, just across from the cathedral.

Teen girl sitting at dinner table in St Augustine Cultural Center

It may be a little small, but it’s packed with local history, such as details on the first REAL Thanksgiving.

Teen girl pulling on old door
white Old Door
Maroon old door

After the concert, we took time to walk around some of the alley streets with lots of shops and restaurants, taking the time to appreciate the old building details, and I LOVE old doors!!

St Augustine Wooden School House

We even came across the oldest wooden school house in America. If you go, be sure to check out the upper window! There’s a nice surprise.

Romeo’s Italian

Since our visit, we have learned that Romeo’s is no longer in business.

Romeo's Italian restaurant window

We ended up at Romeo’s for dinner. Our waitress was super sweet, and friendly. It was quaint and quiet. We had lasagna, alfredo, and flat bread pizza.

Romeo's St Augustine Waffle Sundae

Our food was all wonderful, and check out this fresh bubble waffle sundae!!

Hyppo St Augustine

Emma and I had already settled on the fact we wanted to get a homemade gourmet popsicle from Hyppo. I chose the blueberry lavender lemonade, and Emma had the pineapple blueberry.  We were told the blueberries were freshly picked that morning, locally. 

I know there is a lot more history in the oldest town in America. We all look forward to heading back for another day in St Augustine. If you have been to St Augustine, tell us your favorite things on Instagram so we can add them to our list!! 

When you are staying in the St Augustine area, be sure to add

Ravine Gardens State Park to your itinerary.

            

45 thoughts on “A Day in St Augustine

  • June 19, 2018 at 9:38 am
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    One of my favorite places! We havent been to the macaroon place, but will definitely add that to our next visit. Great pics!

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    • June 20, 2018 at 11:12 am
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      I see how this is one of your favorite places.

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  • June 19, 2018 at 10:48 pm
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    O.C. White’s restaurant is wonderful place to eat- great food and atmosphere!

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    • June 20, 2018 at 11:11 am
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      Great! I will add this to our list of places to check out next time.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 8:08 am
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    We are pretty close so visit St. Augustine often. I love your post, and will post it to my All Things Florida Board on Pinterest. Looks great, so far!

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    • June 20, 2018 at 11:10 am
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      We are not too far either, and plan to visit way more often. It’s just too nice to stay away. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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    Looks like a great trip! You can never miss with St. Augustine!

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    • February 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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      That is for sure!! It’s been way too long since my last visit! I need to go back!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 6:36 pm
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    I missed the macaroons. Now I need to go back!

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    • February 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm
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      You sure do!!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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    Looks like a fun place to visit!

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    • February 27, 2020 at 8:24 pm
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      So much history, you would love it!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    That church is just gorgeous. I love visiting churches as well. It’s pretty cool that it is the first parish in America. I could totally get into the macarons too.

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    • February 27, 2020 at 9:19 pm
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      Still amazes me they teach Jamestown to be the first settlement.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 8:54 pm
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    Macarons!! YUM! Glad you were able to get some time to visit and see your daughter!

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    • February 27, 2020 at 9:20 pm
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      Now I need to find some time to go back!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 9:19 pm
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    Those handmade gourmet popsicles look sooooo good. I need one. And I’m learning a lot about St. Augustine recently and I really want to visit.

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    • February 27, 2020 at 9:25 pm
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      They were so worth it!! I love how ingredients are locally sourced. Hope you get to visit! It’s a really special place.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 9:50 pm
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    You had me at macaron! Seriously, I’d love to add this as a day trip to one of our trips to Orlando.

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    • February 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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      Yes!! Great idea!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 10:36 pm
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    St Augustine looks like a place to visit cause of the history and activities

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    • February 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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      It sure is!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 11:07 pm
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    I’ve only visited St Augustine overnight so would love to return and explore this historic and charming city.

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    • February 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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      Yes!! I’ve not been there long enough to see all I want either!

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  • February 28, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    I also love to photograph old doors. St Augustine has some great historical sites I wasn’t aware of.

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    • February 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm
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      There’s just something about the story they are trying to tell.

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  • February 28, 2020 at 6:50 am
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    Great history and food! Macaroons are my favorite!

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    • February 28, 2020 at 12:27 pm
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      My 2nd, after ice cream!!

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  • February 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm
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    How awesome to be able to see the first parish in America! Looks like a fun place to visit! And the food and treats look amazing!

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    • February 28, 2020 at 3:53 pm
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      I had no idea until we got there too. It was a pleasant surprise.

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  • February 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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    When I was a kid and we were out of school for the summer, my mom used to planned trips like these once a week to be educational. Such good memories!

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    • February 29, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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      How fun!!! What a special memory. I hope my girls keep these as fond memories too!

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  • February 29, 2020 at 6:59 pm
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    St Augustine is one of our favorite places to visit.

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    • March 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm
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      There is just so much to see and do, I can understand why.

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  • February 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm
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    The church is beautiful. I have a thing for doors as well and windows. Oh and can talk about that sundae??? I want it!

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    • March 1, 2020 at 8:40 pm
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      A city full of old doors and windows. Hope you get the chance to visit.

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  • February 29, 2020 at 9:02 pm
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    oh my gosh this is sooooo on my list! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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    • March 1, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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      You are welcome!! I know you love history, so you will most definitely enjoy St Augustine!

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    • March 1, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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      It takes lots of self control, I know that!

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    • March 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm
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      Lucky!! They are so good!

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  • March 2, 2020 at 9:00 am
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    We love touring cathedrals and basilicas too! So many beautiful things to see in St. Augustine!

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    • March 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm
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      They’re such beautiful buildings, it’s tough not to.

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