St. Augustine Staycation: Family fun at TRYP by Wyndham and Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

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

For a family-friendly staycation, book a room at TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine — This newer hotel is just steps away from all the historic attractions in St. Augustine, Florida. Ask for a room with views of the San Sebastian River and the St. Augustine architectural landmarks such as Flagler College (Ponce de Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888) and Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The large rooms are perfect for families with children, plus there’s a pool with games, free parking and free wifi. Grab souvenirs or snacks in the TRYP shop in the lobby area.

During Covid-19, TRYP is also offering a limited menu with fresh, hot breakfast items that can be delivered to your room at no additional cost.

Guests can contact the hotel directly to receive a discounted Florida resident rate.


View of the Flagler College towers from our room. Formerly the Hotel Ponce de Leon, this historic landmark was completed in 1888. The Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day — one of the first in the U.S. to be wired with electricity!

The spa and pool area of TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine.

A large photo of the hotel and surrounding views in the elevator.

Souvenirs, ice cream, candy, snacks and drinks are available in the TRYP shop in the lobby.

The spacious lobby area with seating, TV, and computer.

While staying at TRYP, we ventured over to Ripley’s Believe it or Not St. Augustine, a fun museum for all ages. The “oddities” on view are from Robert Ripley’s collections, with new items such as artwork made from jellybeans and toast, to ancient cat mummies, a space station exhibit, and interactive games and displays — there is something for everyone.

Opening in December 1950, Ripley’s St. Augustine has become the longest standing Odditorium at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Since it opened, Ripley’s St. Augustine has become a staple of the city. The building itself is a part of St. Augustine history. Originally built in 1887 by William G. Warden as a winter home, the unique architecture stood out among the other buildings in the city. Locals refer to the building as Castle Warden.

Its pointed arches, notched parapets, and exotic ornamentation eventually caught the eye of Robert Ripley, who became a frequent visitor when the castle became a hotel in 1941. The “castle” was purchased in 1941 by Norton Basin and remodeled as the Castle Warden Hotel. Baskin and his wife, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the classic novel The Yearling, had an apartment on the top floor.

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