Are you a history nut? If the answer is yes then what the heck are you doing sitting online? You should be off exploring the newly revamped Colonial Quarter in the heart of St. Augustine‘s Historic District on St. George Street.
If you don’t like loud musket drills, reenactments from centuries past, and the best darn tour guide in St. Augustine, then stop now.
Meet Grimm. He is quite possibly the most entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide/history junkie I have ever met (and let me tell you something about tour guides, snooze fest).
“I never even liked history. St. Augustine was a pit-stop for me 4 years ago. Once I arrived here I realized that if I was going to get sociable I needed to engage in the history of this city. From that point I was hooked.”
-Grimm, the Colonial Quarter’s Creative Development Manager and Writer of the Colonial Crew Review
The Colonial Quarter takes you back into the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries of Colonial St. Augustine with live demonstrations, guided tours, interactive play and authentic period homes and buildings. The tours are not overwhelmingly large, leaving room for for questions and a much more intimate learning experience.
- See a live Musket Drill by Joshua Rosenberg, Master Blacksmith
- Watch Herrick Smith, Blacksmith, heat and wind iron
- Meet Gary Kennedy, Master Carpenter and boat-wright as he builds a 50-foot, 16th century Caravel replica
The park itself is located in the heart of downtown and features an authentic candlelit 18th century Spanish Taberna, Taberna del Caballo, as well as an 18th century-styled British Pub, the Bull & Crown Publick House. I encourage you to enjoy both.
I was definitely schooled at the Colonial Quarter. I look forward to returning soon for the Colonial Crew Review and for a running high five with the best darn tour guide in St. Augustine.
Grimm, start cross-training now!
I would like to note, if you are deciding between the Fountain of Youth and the Colonial Quarter, you would be doing yourself a serious injustice by not seeing both. They are completely different and both are very enriching experiences and together, offer a complete historical teaching of St. Augustine. Read my story on Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth and Archaeological Park here.
As Always your experience, suggestions and questions are enjoyed. Happy fairytale travels!
- A Haunting at St. Francis, St. Augustine’s Oldest Inn (thefairytaletraveler.com)