My husband was invited to minister in a church in Lake City, Florida, so we decided to take a few extra days for some rest and relaxation afterwards.
Growing up in Georgia, my family has taken many vacations to Florida over the years, but we had never visited St. Augustine. Since it was about an hour and a half away, we decided to check it out. It was absolutely beautful!
We visited the Fountain of Youth Park…
No, this is not the Fountain of Youth…it’s just a fountain.
And he’s not really Ponce de Leon…
And I have no idea why my daughter is getting cozy with his statue?!?
Beautiful peacocks throughout the park, but extremely LOUD and annoying.
We also explored the Castillo de San Marcos, which is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.
The boys had to act out a few scenes of Horatio Hornblower.
And Liam decided to “rest” awhile on top of a cannon…
The scenery from the fort was lovely…
But the highlight of the day was watching a reenactment of “soldiers” firing the cannons.
Then of course, there was the beautiful Atlantic Ocean (where we all were roasted)! And yes, we applied sunscreen…but apparently not enough!
We can’t wait to go back again when we can stay much longer! There were lots of little antique shops and tea rooms and more to explore that we never got to. Next time, though. 🙂
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.