Project Description

St. Augustine, Florida

DAY  TRIP

  • Arrive in St. Augustine for a narrated sightseeing tour on the Ripley’s Red Train
  • Boxed lunch included & a guided tour of Fort Castillo de San Marcos
  • Free time for souvenir shopping along St. George Street
  • Depart for an evening arrival home

ADD ON

  • Old Florida Museum
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Alligator Farm
  • Whetstone Chocolate Tour
  • Lighthouse
  • Colonial Spanish Quarter

The Sunshine State is the perfect destination to mix education and fun! Its rich history of European influence began with Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. The 100’s of miles of coastline and sea life make it an ideal location to study the marine sciences. As home to the Kennedy Space Center, it is a hub of technology and discovery. With a variety of amusement, water and themed parks, Florida is always a favorite of students and teachers alike!

Interactive programs and living history demonstrations teach students what life was like during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Learn how the Timucua Indians lived off the land at the Old Florida Museum, hear the story of Ponce de Leon and take a drink from the Fountain of Youth. Learn how the Spanish defended the town at Fort Castillo de San Marcos during a cannon firing.

St. Augustine Florida

Explore the history and Spanish influence of the “oldest city” in America. Tour Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter. The Columbia Restaurant is a must-see with ornate Spanish tile and terracotta fountains and great cuisine, plus an authentic Flamenco show with Spanish Dancers.

Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains

Experience St. Augustine on the Ripley’s Red Train Tours. A one hour, fully narrated, historical tour of the Nation’s Oldest City tailored to your group’s grade level. You’ll travel over 7 miles and experience dozens of historic sites. Our Sightseeing Trains seat up to 48 comfortably and we can arrange for multiple trains if needed. The city’s oldest tour is still the best value.

Old Florida Museum

Old Florida Museum offers six unique “HANDS-ON” programs designed to be entertaining as well as educational. Students experience life in St. Augustine through the struggles and successes of its people during distinct time periods of Florida’s history.  All programs follow the Sunshine State Standards.

Fort Castillo de San Marcos

Guarding the entrance to Anastasia Bay is the old fort, “Castillo San Marco”. A local guide will lead a tour to help the students to understand the history and construction of this National Historic Site. Views from the perimeter, the battery and the mote help students to understand the early practice of protecting a city from hostile opponents, and the importance of the fort to the city’s inhabitants.

The Fountain of Youth

We invite you to visit us for a fascinating, informative, entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, historic St. Augustine is the oldest successful European settlement in the United States. Colonial America started right HERE, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before Jamestown! With a long, rich history spanning nearly 500 years, the Fountain of Youth Park will delight and amaze you. Whether you visit for an hour or take all day, our 15 waterfront acres will provide you with hours of enjoyment.

St Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit museum dedicated to its mission “to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.