“There are 104 days of summer vacation,” give or take, and when school comes along just to end it, we will have no regrets. This is the first summer that I will be home with my 10-year-old. As a result, we decided that we would keep camps to a minimum and we would focus on just having fun in our immediate area. St. Augustine and the Northeast Florida regions are full of awesome summer experiences, and we want to take full advantage. Here are the activities that make our summer bucket list!
Living on the coast, it’s easy enough to hit a different beach every week or even day. Try a new one! Mix it up by trying boogie boarding at one, shell collecting at another or hold a sand castle building contest.
- St. Augustine
- Anastasia State Park
- Big Talbot Island
Staying active over the summer months can be a challenge, but get hydrated and take on some of these active challenges!
- First Coast Kids Triathlon
- Run a 5K with your family (the Bridge of Lions 5K is a great option)
- Take a family bike ride
- Go swimming
Craft donuts are one of our newest obsessions, and I love that there are so many local shops opening for business. It’s our plan to grab breakfast at some of these sweet spots.
- Swillerbees Craft Donuts & Coffee Bar
- Good Dough
- Minibar Donuts
- Voodoo Doughnuts Orlando (this will require a trip to CityWalk in Universal, but that’s ok. We have all summer).
Ice cream is the essential summer treat. After the beach or pool, or for no reason at all, enjoy cups, cones, sundaes or shakes at these local shops.
- Mayday Ice Cream
- Cold Cow
- Peace Pie
- Rita’s Italian Ice
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Chilled Flavors
St. Augustine is home to some wonderful parks. If you haven’t visited them all, now is the time to check some off your list! Click here for more details on each of these.
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- S.W.I.N.G. Park
- Davenport Park
- Splash Park at the Pier
- Treaty Park
Love movies as much as we do? This summer promises to have some amazing blockbusters coming to a theater near you. Please note, we have an older child so these might not be appropriate for younger kiddos, but there are plenty of options.
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- The Incredibles 2
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- AntMan & The Wasp
- Check out a documentary or feature film at the IMAX
- Summer Movie Express – $1 Movies at Regal Cinema (Tuesdays & Wednesdays, starting June 5)
- Ripley’s Free Summer Movies – Wednesdays at 8:30PM starting June 6
Summer means later bedtimes and bending the rules. Surprise the kids with popsicles for breakfast or a late night water balloon battle. The memories will last a lifetime!
- Strike! Go bowling!
- Visit the roller rink
- Check out a skate park
- Go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding
- Climb the St. Augustine Lighthouse
- Take a drink from the Fountain of Youth
- Check out the constellations at a Star Party (check out Ancient City Astronomy Club for programming)
- Take a nature hike at a local or state park
- See the sea life at Marineland
- Participate in a beach cleanup or other service activity
- Enjoy fireworks
- Cheer on the Jumbo Shrimp
- Get a hole in one at mini golf (or buy a bucket at the driving range)
- Visit the St. Augustine Public Library (check out their events!)
- Catch up on summer reading (the Sunshine State book list is available for grades 3-5)
- Tour the St. Augustine Aquarium
- Go ziplining
- Take a day at the Alligator Farm
- Learn something new (try a class at Creme de la Cocoa or at the Cummer Art Museum)
- Support a local Farmer’s Market
- Join in the fun at Tag Children’s Museum of St. Augustine
- Pitch a tent and camp (in your backyard or at a site – don’t forget the s’mores)
- Have a water balloon fight
- Have popsicles for breakfast
- Make a Summer Bucket List photobook
- Host a family game night
- Make popcorn for a family movie night
If you want to get away from it all, pack up the car and take a short road trip to any of these great locations. All of these are within a three hour drive – you can add an overnight if you choose, but a day is all you need.
- Pack a picnic and go tubing at one of Florida’s natural Springs.
- Visit Jekyll Island for Summer Waves Water Park and all the exploring
- Go to Orlando – you can do the theme parks or check out the local shopping and smaller attractions
- See the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs
- Explore Amelia Island
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Download our handy St. Augustine Moms Blog Ultimate Summer Bucket List Printable to check off what your family does before school starts in August!