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Kid Friendly Fridays: The Top 5 Parks for Kids in St. Augustine

Friday, September 9th, 2011

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

Is it Casual Friday? Nope, it’s Kid Friendly Friday!

Here are (in our opinion), the Top Five Parks for Kids in in St. Augustine:

Vaill Point Park

Vaill Point Park is tops because you have a huge, mulch-covered play area for the kids with two seperate climbing castles (one for bigger kids, one for smaller kids), a small climbing wall and swings.  There’s a big green area for the kids to run and a large picnic pavillion with shade for the adults to sit in while watching the monkeys.  Vaill Point also has paved, kid-easy nature trails that lead down to a beautiful pier and kayak launch on Moultrie Creek.  The only negative: parking is limited.  Vaill Point Park is located at 630 Vaill Point Drive.

Treaty Park

Treaty Park is one of our top 5 because there is simply so much to do.  There’s a huge playground that is good for big and small kids alike, partially mulch covered and partially covered with a soft rubber surface.  Right next to the playground is a huge green space that is big enough to accomodate two soccer practices and enough extra room for kids to run on the sidelines, a picnic pavillion, four baseball/softball fields, and a kid friendly boardwalk where the little ones can watch the ducks and turtles.  For the older kids and teens there’s a large skate park that’s seperated from the playground by the pond.  Treaty Park also has a jogging path that circles the park, and a fenced dog park.  Treaty Park is located on Wildwood Drive about halfway between SR 207 and U.S. 1.  Parking can be a bit tight when the softball games are going on.

The Pirate Ship at Palencia Park

The Pirate Ship at Palencia Park

Palencia Park 

Palencia Park makes our top 5 just because it has a big wooden pirate ship for the kids to romp around on!  The park also has swings, monkey bars and other play equipment inside the fenced playground area, as wells as soccer fields, baseball diamonds and a pretty pond outside of it.  Palencia Park is located at 405 Palencia Village Drive in the community of Palencia.  Like Treaty Park, parking can be tight if there are baseball games going on.

Project SWING Park

Project SWING Park makes the list because of the huge wooden castle with towers, stairs and swinging bridges for the bigger kids, and a seperate section with small swinging bridges, tunnels and a toddler sized play boat for the little kids.  There are tire swings and regular swings as well, plus a picnic pavillion in the center for shade.  The downside to this park is access: it sits on Orange Street on the corner of St. Francis Field right across from the City of St. Augustine Parking Garage.  You can pay the parking fee at the garage (which is going up to $10 a day soon).  Otherwise, unless you can find off street parking or have time to get a discounted Parking Pass from city hall, this park can be hard to get to.   

Davenport Park

Davenport Park makes our list because of the carousel!  Yes, that’s right, St. Augustine has it’s very own carousel, which only costs $1 a rider (and they even offer rides at a discount if you buy a 10 or 20 ride pass).  Davenport Park is mainly for the little kids, with the play equipment designed for the toddler crowd (the exception being some bigger monkey bars and swings).  The downside to this park is that the homeless hang out on the lawn on the other side of the fence at the old armory building.  However, there’s usually an army of parents watching over the kids.  Davenport Park is located at the corner of San Marco and San Carlos, right next to the main branch of the St. Johns County Public Library.

Honorable Mention: Splash Park at the Pier

On a hot summer day there is no better place to take the younger kids than the Splash Park at the Pier.  With jets of water shooting up everywhere it’s a great place for the kids to run around and cool off.  Right next to the water is a small climbing castle surrounded by sand for the kids who don’t want to get wet.  There’s plenty of places for parents to sit and watch, ice cream for sale in the pier office, and of course, it sits right next to the beach.  Why only an honorable mention?  Because the kids don’t use it much in the cold weather months. 

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