COVID-19 Update: Many spring & summer events have been canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 precautions. Please confirm before heading out.

There are so many fun and cheap activities to keep kids busy this summer in and around St. Augustine. Whether you want to explore the outdoors or stay cool inside, this list has something for everyone!

Outdoor Activities

Hit the Beach:: From Ponte Vedra Beach to Matanzas Inlet, there are so many beautiful beaches to explore this summer. Here is the map of beach access points and pavilions.

St. Augustine Pier Park & Splash Pad:: After hitting the beach check out the St. Augustine Fishing Pier. Exploring the Pier only costs $2 per person. Next to the Pier is a splash pad and playground. Visit on a Wednesday morning to browse the St. Augustine Beach Farmer’s Market. The Pier is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center & Pool:: As of May 25th, the pool is only open for lap swim. You must register ahead of time. Check back for more updates.

Farmer’s Markets:: St. Augustine has a plethora of Farmer’s Markets to explore for free! While you’re there you can also pick up some cheap produce and other goods.

Community Parks:: There are so many amazing public parks to visit this summer. Try to go early or later in the day to avoid peak heat. Check out our extensive park guide in St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

Visit a state park – My favorite area state parks are Anastasia State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. These parks have a small per vehicle fee. Please note that due to COVID-19 many of the indoor facilities are closed at these parks and restroom availability may be limited.

Fort Mose State Park:: Admission is free to this 40-acre historic park that depicts a free-slave settlement. The park is open but the museum is closed until further notice and restroom availability may be limited.

GTM Research Reserve:: The Reserve events have been canceled until further notice, but the trails and beach are still open to exploring.

First Friday Art Walk:: About 30 art galleries around St. Augustine (including St. Augustine Beach) showcase their latest exhibits to the public from 5 pm to 9 pm on the first Friday of every month. Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys provide complimentary shuttle service to many of the galleries. (COVID-19 Update: Cancelled for June, check back for July updates).

Free City Walks Tour:: Choose from the Black History & Civil Rights Tour, Pet Walk Pup Crawl, or Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tour. (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to COVID-19 concerns & restaurant regulations. No tour bookings available. We hope to resume tours sometime later this Summer 2020.)

Visit one of the springs:: Take a day trip to one of the natural springs in the area. Most are less than 2 hours away and only charge a small entry fee.

Beat the Heat

Indoor playspaces:: St. Augustine is home to several locally owned indoor play spaces that cater to a wide range of age groups.

Lightner Museum:: This beautiful museum features 19th-century art and is located in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. St. Johns County residents get in free every Sunday.

St. Johns County Library:: The physical library may be closed, but there are plenty of fun activities online. Join in a Facebook Live Storytime or a Zoom Event for the older kids.

Anastasia Lanes Bowling:: Sign up for a summer bowling pass and your kids can play 2 free games every day, all summer long.

Catch a movie at the drive-in theatre:: Check out Epic Theatres Drive-in movies! You can order refreshments from your vehicle and restrooms are available. The cost is $20 per car.

Home Depot:: Home Depot has a lot of kid-friendly DIY project instructions online.

Free (Or Cheap) Food

Free Gelato from Peterbrooke:: Every Wednesday in July you can stop by any Peterbrooke Chocolatier for a free scoop of gelato.

Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day:: Dress like a cow to get a free entree at Chick-Fil-A on July 9th. **As of now, Chick-Fil-A has not announced their definite plans, but they will have some sort of Cow Appreciation Day Event. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

Free Slurpee Day:: Free Slurpee Day is on July 11th. Stop in at your local 7-11 gas station for a free treat to cool down!

Kids Eat Free:: Check out our favorite spots in St. Augustine to take the kids to eat free (or nearly free). (Please call and confirm as restaurant availability and promotions may have changed due to COVID-19.)

What’s your favorite cheap or free summer activity? Let us know in the comments!