Our first stop on our official RV life adventure was St. Augustine, Florida - a major contender for the oldest city in America. Whether that fact is legit or not, this city is beautiful and has a ton of stuff to do! We spent a day and a half here (2 nights), saw a ton of stuff, but could easily spend more time and have plenty to do!
William's favorite site was the Castillo de San Marcos. This old fort is amazing and quite literally a masterpiece in architecture. We were in awe at how well the structure still held. We definitely don't build things like they used to! The fact that you pretty much have free range around the fort is cool and allows for a laid back feeling when you are exploring. William's favorite things were the cannons - I'm pretty sure he pretend fired every one of them! Kaboom!
Old Town is also interesting and a cheap way to get a lot of history as a bundle! We loved the Old Jail and the General Store. The actors were cheesy but still lots of fun. And the interaction is great - there is no fear that our four year old will be the one to break everything! The General Store gives you a free piece of stick candy and allows the kids to make coffee, separate cream, make adult milk shakes and shuck corn with all the latest machines of 1908! You will thank the heavens for technology when you leave the General Store!
The Old Jail treats you like a criminal taking an introductory tour of your new digs. From the "attitude adjusting" yard cages to the gallows, William behaved so well after this tour! A tour of the jail cells and then the sheriff gives you a literal piece of paper saying you have been pardoned. Fun tour and the souvenir is cool!
We also checked out the Fountain of Youth -which Greg and I hope (🤞)really works! They allow you to take a sip of water from the fountain - WARNING: it doesn't taste that great! There are some great peacocks roaming around and flying on top of cannons - this was actually more entertaining then some of the sites here! The best thing though was an actual firing of a cannon! William loved it and it was actually quite amazing the power it had - even though they didn't even use the total amount of powder used during an actual battle!
We tried out the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, which was interesting but not sure if it is worth the amount of money they charge. The best thing in the whole museum is the tunnel that gives the optical illusion that you are spinning and flipping over! We laughed so hard doing this over and over!
We also did the Ripley's ghost train, which was quite disappointing. I've heard there are much better ghost tours in town, so I don't recommend wasting money on this one, but for a four year old it was good and he was okay with not seeing any ghosts!
Overall, St. Augustine was a great first stop. We enjoyed every minute and are leaving here exhausted!
Recommendation: Stick to the historical sites! They are totally worth the money and are so much fun!
I am a mother and stepmother, fierce slayer of mental illness, writer and traveler. I love the constant change of the road, and the experiences it brings our family. We have learned so much being full-time RVers, and love the freedom this lifestyle gives us.