Located inside the Old Florida Museum at 259 San Marco Avenue lies a reconstruction of Fort Menendez and an opportunity to step back to a time when explorers first landed on this stretch of paradise we now call St. Augustine. This family attraction is both educational and entertaining, offering the chance to try out stockades, examine and handle tools that would have been used during the different eras, and the chance to take three different themed tours and take part in an archeological dig!
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As you explore Fort Menendez in St. Augustine, you will encounter informative guides dressed in period clothing who will have stories to tell of times long past. This fort is hands-on, and you will have the opportunity to not just look at the tools and musical instruments, but touch and even play with them. History is best learned when you experience it first-hand, not reading words off a page or examining artifacts behind layers of glass. Take a turn at candle dipping, play some Native American games, earn some gold, and learn how to barter and trade as you might have during colonial times, or just try your hand at smashing shells needed for creating tabby; all of these activities and so many more are available for you to try when you visit Fort Menendez in the Old Florida Museum. The Pioneer Program also offers the chance to live life as you might have in the 1800s. This program allows you to grind corn, write with a quill, and use a pitcher pump—the kids love it!
Ticket prices are $11 for adults, $8 for kids 3-17, and free for little tykes two and under, but specials can always be found. Right now, the Old Florida Museum is offering a family pass good for up to five people for only $32.50; this bargain should not be passed up!
The museum hours are 10:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Saturday, so plan accordingly and schedule tours of our beautiful churches on Sunday, leaving the weekdays free to explore the Fort! The Gift Shoppe opens early (9:30am) and closes late (4:00pm) so as to give you plenty of time to seek out that perfect souvenir of your adventures at Fort Menendez.
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You may spend your days combing cotton, digging out a canoe, or learning how to make rope at Fort Menendez in St. Augustine, Florida, but your nights can be spent in luxury and comfort when you book one of our elegant and classy Ocean Gallery vacation homes. Visit the past but stay firmly entrenched in the here and now on your unforgettable St. Augustine vacation!
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