The Sunshine State is the perfect destination to mix education and fun! Its rich history of European influence began with Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. The 100’s of miles of coastline and sea life make it an ideal location to study the marine sciences. As home to the Kennedy Space Center, it is a hub of technology and discovery. With a variety of amusement, water and theme parks, Florida is always a favorite of students and teachers alike!
Interactive programs and living history demonstrations teach students what life was like during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Learn how the Timucua Indians lived off the land at the Old Florida Museum, hear the story of Ponce de Leon and take a drink from the Fountain of Youth. Learn how the Spanish defended the town at Fort Castillo de San Marcos during a cannon firing.
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Sample 1 Day St. Augustine Student Trip Itinerary:
- Morning departure and travel to St. Augustine
- Sighseeing tour on Ripley’s Red Train
- Boxed lunch and guided tour of Fort Castillo San Marcos
- Afternoon visit to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum
- Free time to shop along St. George Street
- Depart for evening arrival home
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Morning and afternoon snack and drink en route, boxed lunch
- Tours and admissions as listed
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- Kelly Tours tour director
Consider combining your trip with with Universal Studios, Sea World or Swimming with the Manatees. Other options include Old Florida Museum, Fountain of Youth, Alligator Farm, Whetstone Chocolate Tour, Lighthouse, and the Colonial Spanish Quarter.
St. Augustine Attractions
Choose from the following attractions to customize your student trip to St. Augustine
St. Augustine Experience St. Augustine on the Ripley’s Red Train Tours. A one hour fully narrated historical tour of the Nation’s Oldest City, tailored to your group’s grade level. You’ll travel over 7 miles and experience dozens of historic sites. Our Sightseeing Trains seat up to 48 comfortably and we can arrange for multiple trains if needed. The city’s oldest tour is still the best value. Visit
St. Augustine See over 800 exhibits of unique, strange and educational oddities and curiosities from around the world, many from Robert Ripley’s personal collection. All housed in Castle Warden, built in 1887, the original Ripley’s Odditorium! Our museum makes learning about world culture, art, science and history a fun adventure for all. Visit
St. Augustine The Colonial Spanish Quarter offers a “HANDS-ON” program designed to be entertaining as well as educational. Students will experience life in St. Augustine through the struggles and successes of its people during distinct time periods of Florida’s history – includes emphasis on the Timucua Indian and the Spanish Fort Mose...
St. Augustine Guarding the entrance to Anastasia Bay is the old fort, “Castillo San Marco”. A local guide will lead a tour to help the students to understand the history and construction of this National Historic Site. Views from the perimeter, the battery and the mote help students to understand the early practice of protecting a city from hostile opponents, and the importance of the fort to the city’s...
St. Augustine Enjoy a fascinating, informative and entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. Colonial America started right HERE, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before Jamestown! With a long, rich history spanning nearly 500 years, the Fountain of Youth Park will delight and amaze...
St. Augustine No need to worry about traffic because this area is a designated walking mall. In St. Augustine's early days, St. George Street was the main street, and today it is still considered the heart of the city. On old St. George Street charming shops, museums, historic buildings and beautiful views are on every corner. Shop or just take your time to gaze at all the unique items for sale in this 11-block stretch of shops, restaurants and historic sites. It is here that visitors from all around the world come...
- Wakulla Science TourWakulla Springs State Park in Florida is home to one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Due to the supply of water an abundance of wildlife such as alligators, turtles, manatees, birds, fish and more call this spring their home. Witness nature's beautiful changes as it flushes different colors in fall, winter and spring as you walk through the parks nature trails.
- Orlando Mix & Match$ 249Kelly Tours can expand your horizons by planning your student field trip to Orlando for a theme park adventure. Mix & Match your way from movie making at Universal Studios to the science behind Islands of Adventure. You choose and customize your trip to fit your students taste.