It's A Summer of Learning in St. Augustine
By Carrie McLaren
Summertime is about having fun and making memories with your family. Squeezing in some time for learning alongside the fun is always a good thing, too.
St. Augustine welcomes families to visit this summer and explore the living history exhibits and events taking place over the next few months.
Explore and learn this summer -- Amy Wimmer for VISIT FLORIDA
On the waterfront, don’t miss El Galeón docked at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina in the city’s historic district through September 2015. This ship is a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries, transporting men, goods, culture and ideas, creating ties between America and Europe. Tours are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with children 5 and under receiving complimentary admission.
On June 6, families can experience Drakes Raid, featuring a 16th Century-style military encampment at the Fountain of Youth Park with drills, demonstrations and living history interpretation during the day. As sun sets in the historic district, the reenactment of the sacking and burning of the town commences. The Saint Augustine Garrison are re-enactors who portray the life and times of the Spanish soldiers and their families in 1740s.
Take in the culture of St. Augustine -- Daron Dean for VISIT FLORIDA
The Battle of Bloody Mose is commemorated on June 20-21 with a re-enactment of the battle that led to the British lifting their siege and ending their attack against St. Augustine in 1740 with re-enactors portraying the everyday lives of the Spanish, British, African and Native Americans who were present at the time. Activities include demonstrations of 18th Century colonial and military life, children’s activities, various exhibits, plus craft and food vendors. Families are welcome to visit Fort Mose, the first legally-sanctioned, free black community in the United States, throughout the year.
Learn more about living history activities and other cultural happenings in the greater St. Augustine area, by visiting www.historiccoastculture.com.