Europe’s siren song lures vacationers from all over the world. With its bustling cities, pastoral countryside and centuries-old history, it’s easy to see why. The good news is there are plenty of destinations right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. that exude the same old-world charm of some of Europe’s most celebrated cities. One of them was established over 500 years ago by Spanish settlers, and it stands today as the oldest city in the United States. For your next family vacation, St. Augustine, Florida, is more than worth the visit. Check out our top picks for nighttime, family-friendly fun in the Ancient City!
Whether it’s legendary country artists like Willie Nelson, guitar heroes from the world of classic rock or holiday-themed musical reviews, this concert venue is a great place to check out for things to do at night with the fam! Built in 1965 to commemorate St. Augustine’s 400-year anniversary, this 4,100-seat amphitheater sits on 16 acres of Anastasia State Park. Make sure to check out who might be passing through during your stay.
Next time you find yourself in Florida’s Ancient City looking for a scary good time, make sure to take a spine-tingling ride on the Trolley of the Doomed! This family-friendly frightseeing tour was recently selected as one of the nation’s best ghost tours in a USA Today reader’s poll, and it guarantees a ghoulishly good time for scare-seekers everywhere. Walk the grounds at the Old Jail where the tortured souls of former inmates still yearn for justice, and discover Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors where you’ll hear the tale of pirate Andrew Ranson’s gruesome execution.
Dinner and a movie is everyone’s go-to when it comes to cool things to do at night; but, for something a little more family-friendly, instead of a movie, make it live theater! With almost 30 years of delighting patrons of the arts, this is St. Augustine’s only year-round community theater, producing eight live shows per season. In addition to its various productions, the theater offers local artists a chance to get their work seen in the on-site art gallery, and it also provides an educational outreach program with the mission of enriching the lives of youths in the St. Augustine community.
Family-friendly things to do at night don’t come much better than this! For what has become a yearly tradition, downtown St. Augustine will be festooned in a kaleidoscope of lights as the area’s local businesses, residents and institutions once again shoot for the top spot in the annual Nights of Lights contest. Old Town Trolley Tours will whisk you through the Ancient City as you and the family revel in the merriment of the season, complete with carolers, warm cider and holiday cookies!
St. Augustine’s old-world appeal draws millions of visitors from all over, and that number seems to grow every year. Though a moderately sized city, the area knows well how to make visitors feel welcomed with plenty to do and see and, for family-friendly, nighttime activities, it’s one of the best bets in the Sunshine State!
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