St. Augustine Staycation: Family fun at Doubletree by Hilton and the Fountain of Youth

Join us for summer staycations in St. Augustine, Florida. We are enjoying summer 2020 with fun and safe activities …

DoubleTree by Hilton Saint Augustine Historic District is located across the street from the Mission Nombres de Dios, where St. Augustine landmark the Great Cross stands that marks the 400th anniversary of St. Augustine, built in 1965. The Mission is the site of the first Catholic mass held in 1565 by the priest who traveled with the city’s founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles.

Just north of the historic district, this hotel has complimentary parking and wifi, and families often ride a trolley or walk to nearby attractions, museums, and historic landmarks.

We loved the pool for family fun, and the great location, which is in walking distance to the St. Augustine historic district and restaurants.

BOOK HERE: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ustsmdt-doubletree-st-augustine-historic-district/

The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is just around the corner from Doubletree. The Fountain of Youth is where Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city of St. Augustine at the Timucua village of Seloy.

Bring lunch or grab delicious sandwiches at the restaurant on site, Smoked. Southern BBQ, and dine at picnic tables then head inside to explore Florida’s oldest tourist attraction, where wild peacocks roam the grounds.

Guests can sample water from the Florida aquifer, an original spring source that was recorded in a 17th century Spanish land grant. Other exhibits include the Navigators Planetarium, Timucuan Village, a Blacksmith demonstraction, a Spanish Lookout (watchtower) with amazing views, a Chalupa Boathouse, the Founders Riverwalk, canon firing, a Mission, and other living history areas.

This mostly outdoor park is perfect for all ages, with plenty of space for little ones to run and play. A family favorite is an archaeology area where visitors can sift through sand to find artifacts such as shark teeth, beads and other treasures.

LEARN MORE: www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

 

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