St. Augustine and Educational travel should be synonymous. Practically all the main attractions in this historic town are great learning opportunities for both kids and adults. Our education began on our first day when we visited the Pirate Museum, but pirates were only a small bit of St. Augustine’s history. The most interesting side was the Spanish Quarter of St. Augustine, and here’s what you can expect about it.
During my visit I stayed at Beachcomber Cottages in Vilano Beach, make sure you read my full blog post about it.
Colonial Spanish Quarter St. Augustine is the Heart of its Educational Travel
Colonial Quarter is a re-enactment attraction right on the most adorable, must-visit street in all of St. Augustine, Florida – St. George Street. The pedestrian-only street is a host to many historical landmarks, and visiting Colonial Quarter is easy to find and a perfect way to spend time learning all about St. Augustine.
Quick History of Living History Museum and What You Will See
The museum originally opened in 1963 as a living museum and used to be dedicated to the 1740s period when St. Augustine was occupied by Spain.
In it, you can walk through 3 centuries of St. Augustine’s history.
- In 2013, it reopened under new management and now represents three centuries of Colonial St. Augustine – Spanish and British periods.
Attractions in Spanish Quarter at St Augustine, Fl
Flags over St. Augustine – A boardwalk where you go beneath the flags that have flown over the City for over 450 years. You will learn all the different countries that at one point or another took over St. Augustine.
See a 16th Century Sailing Vessel Being Crafted – A 50-foot caravel. Caravel is the original size boat that most sailors arrived to the new land in. Columbus’s boat was a Caravel. Our guide explained that with tons of sailors on a tiny boat it was more of a nightmare sail than the romantic sailing we learn about in schools.
Experience History beneath your Feet – A glimpse into archaeological investigations that took place on the very ground you are standing in.
Take Part in a Musket Drill – learn to lock, load and fire your 17th century replica
Climb a 17th Century Watchtower – It overlooks Castillos de San Marcos. Getting the Musket in hand was way more fun than the climb.
Blacksmith training – See how the Blacksmith forged metal into useful objects
De Mesa-Sanchez House – Home museum built in 1740’s. Get a glimpse as to how nobility and merchants lived during those times.
Gazette Print Shoppe – Use a replica of a printing press from 1770’s.
Bull & Crown Public House – Kid friendly bar and restaurant. There are actually two restaurants. One is a Public house and the other a Tavern. The difference between a Pub (public house) and a Tavern is that Pubs were open to everyone, taverns only to the army and infantry.
Other fun attractions
Soldier House – visit a house and look and feel how the soldiers lived.
Check out their bed
See how their women’s days were filled
Leather making – Visit a Leather and Hide maker’s shop
Information for visiting the Spanish Quarter
Address: 33 St. George Street St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 342-2857
Hours: Seven days a week – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price and tours:
Colonial Quarter – A tour guide shares tales of St. Augustine’s past as you’re led through exciting activities like musket firing and cannon drills – this is included in the price of the entrance.
Children (5-12) $6.99
Children 4 and under – FREE
Educational Travel – Colonial Quarter St. Augustine