THE BEACH!  Always a great day trip!  St. Augustine has miles and miles of beautiful family friendly beach.  Over the bridge of Lions, and off to St. Augustine Beach where one can drive and park right on the sand!  Load up your car, and drive right to your spot.  St. Augustine Beach is also packed with great restaurants and funky shops.  Also do visit Vilano Beach area while in St Johns County it has fishing pier and a beutiful white beach and a market each Sunday. It is a very nice little area. Crescent Beach is another beach area in St Johns County you might consider visiting. If you really want a quite beach try even farther south at the Matanzas Inlet. The beaches are beautiful and no cars at this end.

If you are just passing through, St. Augustine has a lot of activities for the history buffs!  The nations oldest city boast's it own fort, The Castillo de San Marcos, a beautiful fully restored Lighthouse, the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, all open for tours. It costs something like $6 to get into the fort, this ticket is then good for 7 days.  There are two companies that offer a hop-on, hop-off tours.  Both are great!  It's always nice to go to Memorial Presbyterian Church....Henry Flagler built it late in the nineteenth century in honor of his deceased daughter.  It's the only Venetian Renaissance style church in North America.  Yes, St. Augustine has some regular tourist traps, but it's a quaint Spanish syle town, and it's really quite lovely.

 Farther Afield Two places that are highly recommended to guests  are Ichetucknee Springs state park and Blue Spring State Park.  The latter is closer at about 80 minutes away by car.  It is a spring that puts out an incredible amount of water and you can rent a tube inside the park, and you can use their charcoal grills (bring your own charcoal, lighter fluid, etc.)  In the winter it's also a great place to catch a glimpse of the manatees.  Ichetucknee springs (2 hours from St. Augustine, near Lake City) is a little more complicated in that you rent your tubes outside of the park (the vendors will tie them to your roof) and a) in the offseason you enter via the south entrance, park your vehicle and walk your tubes to Midpoint, where you can then put in and enjoy a 90 float down the river.  At the take out, you leave your tube on the vendor's post and walk 15 minutes back to your car  b) during the summer (memorial day to labor day) you can ride the whole length (3 hour float) but only the first 750 people per day.  During the weekdays they rarely hit that quota - your tube vendor can tell you if they've hit the quota yet - but on weekends they usually hit the quota in the first 45 minutes that the park is open!  If you're lucky enough to do the whole thing, you drop your tubes off with most of your party (no trash of any kind on the river - bring some string to tie your sandals to the tubes - then you drive to the south entrance, park your car, take the shuttle back to the North Entrance and tube your way down.  At the end, you can leave your tube there or if you want more fun, take the trolley back to mid point ....  Snack bar at the south end operates during the summer months.  Some swim goggles are good to have at both springs and don't forget to apply waterproof sunblock!!!!