St. Augustine is a long-time family travel favorite, with Castillo de San Marcos to explore, an alligator farm, the Pirate Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum to keep kids entertained. The 42 miles of beaches within easy reach further assure its popularity, with places for surfing, kayaking and even for finding fossilized shark’s teeth in the sand, onPonte Vedra Beach.
The long history of St. Augustine comes to life for kids by costumed interpreters and reenactments — often noisy ones — at the May 11–13 reenactment of Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on the Spanish town.
Part of the 2023 St. Augustine History Festival, the event includes an encampment of reenactors at the Oldest House Museum Complex throughout the weekend, with drills and 16th-century living history demonstrations on Saturday. The battle will be reenacted Saturday evening, beginning at Santo Domingo Redoubt near the City Gate and ending at Plaza de la Constitución.
Throughout the weekend, special programs will be offered by other historic and cultural sites, including free family programs at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. Also new is a performance tour telling the story of the of the 225-year-old house from the perspective of its former enslaved residents. They Lived Here, as Well — Together will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Families will enjoy getting outside and learning about Florida’s coast and can join free outdoor programs by naturalists at St. Johns County Parks and Recreation or park rangers at Anastasia State Park. The park has beautiful white-sand beaches as well as a campground.
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.