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St. Johns County has an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, and downtown St. Augustine is our crowning jewel. In fact, the Plaza de la Constitución is the oldest public park in the United States, having been established by a Spanish ordinance in 1573. The Spanish built towns around green space so that the residents had a place to gather as a community for commerce, celebration, and military musters. We use our public spaces today for very similar reasons. Parks and communal green spaces are common places for birthday parties, farmers markets, concerts, and holiday celebrations.

Visitors and residents alike will find this list helpful for enjoying the outdoors in our beautiful old city. As always, these parks are free for public enjoyment. This list includes parks and recreation in the historic city limits, and central St. Augustine.

Davenport Park (Carousel Park)

180 San Marco Ave. St Augustine, FL 32084

The playground at this park, Kourtney’s Korner, is fully handicap accessible with both open and closed slides, climbing bars and other exercise equipment. The entire park is enclosed and picnic tables are available. This is a wonderful central location for birthday parties. The public library is next door providing additional opportunities for family fun and an escape from the sweltering summer sun. This park remains open at night and is lighted. There are no restrooms. Many families use the public library facilities when open or walk across the street to buy a donut and coffee at Dunkin’ and use their restrooms. This is the park that once housed a privately owned antique carousel. After the owners death, the carousel was moved to Port Charlotte per his last wishes.

Fullerwood Neighborhood Park

8 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This small park has a community garden, a little free library, a basketball court, swings, a slide, climbing bars, a bike rack, and the only merry-go-round in St. Johns County.

S.W.I.N.G. Park

1 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park is located directly behind the parking garage in downtown St. Augustine and is our largest playground. As the name suggests, this park has more swings than any other playground. The park was built and designed by the community and incorporates many elements of Florida (a spaceship, a pirate, trains, boats, and marine life) that are sure to delight all children. There are many places to climb and explore in these play structures. My children adore playing in the “hideouts” they find under the wooden walkways.

Eddie Vikers Park (Little Links)

399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park has 4 basketball courts, a paved walking path, a baseball diamond, a covered gazebo, a playground, community garden, and a picnic area. There are many large oak trees suitable for climbing. The nearby Wille Gallimore community center has a public pool, run by the YMCA where daily passes can be purchased for as little as $1 for children. The community center is also available for private rentals at $35 per hour.

Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park (also known as Calvin Peete Park)

10 North Holmes Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Located in the center of St. Augustine, this park has a picnic pavilion, playground, swings, a softball field, restrooms, grills, a multipurpose field, tennis courts and a historic arch from Florida Memorial College. My children love this playground because of the many different types of climbing frames on the play structure.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center & Pool

1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

Behind the gymnasium is a petite playground with swings. This playground is perfect for little ones after swim lessons or to keep them entertained while older children participate in organized sports. The Solomon Calhoun Community gymnasium is open to the public when not in use by after school programs and summer camps. The community pool is managed by the YMCA. Daily passes can be purchased for $1 for children, and $2 for adults.

Plaza de la Constitución

170 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Plaza is St. Augustine’s central park and the oldest public park in the United States. There are many historic monuments, a gazebo used as a stage, and a marketplace. During the Summer, there are free public concerts every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the gazebo. Bring a picnic and your own chair. At Christmas, the trees are draped in white lights and a beautiful multicolored tree stands in the plaza for St. Augustine’s annual celebration, Nights of Lights.

Nelmar Terrace Park

37 Nelmar Ave, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

This is a pocket park at the end of the famous Magnolia Avenue next to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

Railroad Park and St. Augustine Fire Department Station 1

101 Malaga St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The St. Augustine Fire Department Station 1 stands where Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway train depot once stood. Railroad park is a passive park with the original fire bell from 1901 and a fountain commissioned by Henry Flagler himself in 1889 and restored in 2009, honoring all St. Augustine firefighters.

St. Francis Park

31-45 Saint Francis St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is a small community park next to the oldest house museum (which is free to St. Johns County Residents) and the Llambias house. This is a nice spot to drink coffee or eat a quick snack before visiting the museums or walking the sea wall.

Twine Park

Lovett St, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

This is a small park with Benches and a picnic table in Lincolnville at the corner of Lovett and Riberia Street. The park is a memorial to Henry and Katherine Twine, civil rights leaders who influenced and served the city of St. Augustine.

Zora Neale Hurston Memorial Park

181 King Street, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

This is a tiny pocket park at the corner of King Street and North Ponce De Leon Blvd as you head into downtown st. Augustine. Currently this park is little more than a stone bench. In the future, I hope this becomes a convenient spot to settle down and read a book under the shade of trees that have yet to grow. Zora Neale Hurston was an influential author and anthropologist. Her most famous book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is listed as one of the best English novels of the 20th century.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center & Pool

1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

This is a full-size gymnasium, swimming pool (managed by the YMCA), a small splash park, community rooms, sports fields, and a petite playground with swings. For as little as $1 your children can swim in this public pool or play in the splash park. Children must pass the free YMCA swim test before swimming without an approved flotation device. The gymnasium is open to the community when it is not being used for after school programs and community groups.

Willie Galimore Recreation Community Center

399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The community center has a public pool, run by the YMCA where daily passes for children can be purchased for as little as $1. The community center has two rooms that are available for private rentals at $35 per hour.

Avenida Menendez Sea Wall

Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Walk along the sea wall on the edge of the Matanzas from the Castillo de San Marcos to the St. Francis Barracks. This is a wonderful place to walk with a stroller. Early mornings are safest and quietest for this excursion because Crossing the intersection at the Bridge of Lions can be tricky due to traffic. Keep a tight hand on toddlers because a chain is all that prevents them from falling into the oyster beds.

Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park

698-592 Riberia St, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

This is a passive park which includes a paved trail with a spectacular view of the Matanzas river. The Freedom memorial is in the form of a 10-foot-tall pentatonic chime. This park is exposed to the sun and best enjoyed on cloudy days. The carriage horses have stables adjacent to this park, which will delight young horse enthusiasts.

Mission Nombre de Dios and the Shrine of Our Lady of la Leche (The Great Cross)

89 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This privately owned religious shrine is the site of the first Spanish Catholic Mission in the New World. It is open to the public every day from 9- 5 pm. The sacred acre and the great cross are a beautiful place to walk a new baby. If you are so inclined, you can stop into the Shrine of our Lady de la Leche (our lady of the milk and happy delivery) to pray. The museum includes the original casket of the founder of St. Augustine, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.

Eddie Vikers Park (Little Links)

399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The paved path at this park is popular for walkers, joggers and dog walkers. A new bike rider or roller skater can practice their skills along the path. The paved path encompasses the entire park. You can visit the small playground for a full morning adventure with toddlers.

St. George Street

102 Orange St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Start at the old city gates and walk down the historic center of our town established in 1565 until you reach the Plaza de la Constitucion. There are many shops and restaurants to visit, as well as historic buildings. Many holiday and historic events take place on this street including the British Nightwatch, the Christmas Parade, and regular saunters where reenactors share the history of St. Augustine.

Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area

1400 Charles Usinas Memorial Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This out and back trail is appropriate for wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Be sure to wear bug spray and sunscreen. This wide trail does not have impressive scenery, but its location is incredibly convenient. You can visit this trail on a cool day after visiting the outlet mall.

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Fullerwood Neighborhood Park

8 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This community park has a small basketball court with one hoop. This court is appropriate for a quick game with little ones or for practicing free throws.

Ketterlinus Gym

60 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

Ketterlinus gymnasium has two outdoor basketball courts, two indoor courts, a computer lab, and a teen Center. The Gym is closed to the public during the Summer as a result of Summer Camp programs. See the parks and recreation website for open gym times during other seasons.

Eddie Vikers Park

399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

There are four outdoor basketball courts at this park. When we visited the nets were in disrepair.

Chase Field

545 King St., St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park has 2 basketball courts and a picnic area. The field is connected to the boys and girls club on W. King street. During the evenings the park is full of students participating in after school programs.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center & Pool

1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

Solomon Calhoun has a full sized gymnasium that is open to the public when not in use by after school programs and parks and recreation activities.

Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park (also known as Calvin Peete Park)

10 North Holmes Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

There are two full basketball courts at this park with bleachers.

City of St. Augustine Tennis Courts at Francis Field

25 W Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The City of St. Augustine manages three unlit tennis courts located next to Francis Field and between S.W.I.N.G. park and Ketterlinus Gym.

Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park (also known as Calvin Peete Park)

10 North Holmes Blvd, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

There are two tennis courts at this park.

Francis Field

25 W Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

St. Francis Field is where most of the large St. Augustine festivals are held. In the 1940’s this field was a lighted baseball field and home to the St. Augustine Saints. Today, this field hosts events like Rhythm and Ribs, The St. Augustine Greek Festival, and the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival. It’s also a great place to fly a kite or kick around a soccer ball.

St. Augustine Little League Park

1470 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

This is a complex of 9 baseball fields utilized by the St. Augustine Little League. There is a covered picnic area, restrooms and a concession area in addition to the baseball fields.

Eddie Vikers Park

399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This softball field is in the historic neighborhood of Lincolnville. The field is named after Coach A. Malcolm Jones, the principal of what was once Richard J. Murray High School.

Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park (also known as Calvin Peete Park)

10 North Holmes Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

I’m happy when driving by this field on Holmes and see teams playing ball. This field does not have any shaded viewing areas. Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen if you are watching a game.

Joe Pomar Jr. Park

1600 Masters Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

This field is convenient for those living near SR16.

Joe Pomar Jr. Park

1600 Masters Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Just off of SR 16, on Masters drive, is a lovely hidden park with a picnic pavilion, a football field, a dog park, a baseball field, and a wooden dock for viewing the marsh.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center & Pool

1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084

This field is behind the Community Center and across from the Little League Park. There is a small playground nearby for little spectators.

Joe Pomar Jr. Park

1600 Masters Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

This dog park has an area for small dogs and large dogs. Both dog parks have pools for dogs who like to play in water. This is a dog park frequented by friendly people and pets. The gazebo in the large dog park offers shade during hot days.

Rose of Sharon Fishing Pier and Pocket Parks at the Bridge of Lions

Northwest side of the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, Fl, 32084

A fishing dock at the NW side of the bridge of lions for wildlife viewing, sightseeing, and of course, fishing. There is a mirror pocket park adjacent to the St. Augustine mini golf course.

Joe Pomar Jr. Park

1600 Masters Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is a lovely picnic pavilion and a wooden dock for viewing the marsh. Try to arrive at high tide for the highest likelihood of seeing native animals.

Fort Mose State Park

15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is the site of the first free black settlement in what is now the USA. There is a visitors center, two boardwalks. bird watching, nature viewing, and important history. It is free to enter the park, however the visitors center museum is $2 admission, children under 6 are free. Fort Mose is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Be sure to visit this park during their reenactment events, Bloody Battle of Fort Mose in June and the Flight to Freedom in February.

Castillo De San Marcos National Park

1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Castillo de San Marcos is a National Monument. You can walk the grounds at the fort without paying an entrance fee. The grassy area around the fort is perfect for kicking a ball, flying a kite, having a picnic, or rolling down the hills. Entrance to the fort is $15 per adult (good for 7 days) and children under 15 are free with a paying adult. If you have a 4th grader, the entire family can enter the fort as National Park Foundation’s initiative to place “every kid in a park.” During national park week, entrance to the fort is free.

Gardens at the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine City Hall (in the historic Hotel Alcazar)

75 King Street, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

The gardens in front of the Lightner are open at all times. The interior courtyard is open 9-5 p.m. 7 days a week. You can feed the fish in the pond for a quarter, from the fish food vending machines. Visit the Lightner Museum for free as a St. Johns County resident on Sundays or attend the free event Lightner After Hours for wine, music and art on the last Thursday of each month.

Colonial Oak Music Park and the Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine

33 St. George Street, St. Augustine, 32084

Colonial Oak Music Park is the venue for many free concerts and a free family movie night during the Summer. St. Augustine Seafood Company‘s bar & lounge opens into the outdoor venue and they manage the shows that occur in this space. Colonial Quarter is a living history village filled with reenactors ready to teach you about St. Augustine of the past. There is a reduced rate for St. Johns County residents. Regular admission prices are $13.99 for adults and $7.99 for children 5-15.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth and Archaeological Park

11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This attraction was built on the site of the Timucuan village of Seloy where Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city of St. Augustine. The grounds at this park are beautiful and include a long boardwalk over the Matanzas, and resident peacocks in both white and blue. St. Johns County residents get a reduced entry rate of $9, children 6-12 are $5, and children 5 and younger are free

St. Augustine Aquarium and Zipstream’s Castaway Canopy Zipline Adventure

2045 State Road 16, St. Augustine, Florida 32084

I have included this attraction because it is a zoological park with a mission to educate the public on marine conservation. Small children will enjoy the tanks at this attraction and being able to touch and feed sea creatures. Phase 1 is complete, phase 2 includes a nature trail and a fresh water habitat. If you are adventurous, you may want to snorkel or zipline over the aquarium tanks. Admission is $10 for Adults and $6 for children 3-12. Snorkeling is $39. Toddler Tuesdays include stories and games for the kids and coffee and treats for parents.

St. Augustine Municipal Marina and City of St. Augustine Mini Golf Course

111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is the home of the Black Raven Pirate Ship, Schooner Freedom, and the St. Augustine Scenic Cruise. You can sit and enjoy the boats or walk your dog on the southern side of the Bridge of Lions in a green space with benches. There are public restrooms on the northern side of the building next to the bike racks. The Black Raven Ship Store in the marina has lots of fun things to buy for pirate enthusiasts. You can also enjoy a round of mini golf for half price as a resident ($3.50 for adults and $2.50 for kids). The golf course is the oldest in St. Augustine and is on the national register of historic places for its social history and architecture.

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LEAH NOEL

Senior Writer

Leah was born in the Wild West of California and raised in the beautiful bluegrass of Kentucky. She fell in love with the magic of St Augustine and moved here as a newlywed. She lives with four untamable children, a menagerie of animals and a loving husband. Leah spends most of her time trying to wrangle small beasts as they explore the world, tell her they don’t want what’s for dinner and complain about wearing shoes. Her favorite things are seeing the spark of discovery in little eyes and being creative. Leah loves to help and has a tender heart. She rarely meets someone she doesn’t like. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you see her out and about.