St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, St. Augustine, FL (2018)
Matthew 6:21: For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.
I have walked by the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum more than a dozen times while visiting St. Augustine. It’s prime location on S. Castillo Dr. and the Jolly Roger flags waving in the wind have caught my attention before, but I never made it through the door.
While the Jacksonville area is facing seriously unseasonably low temperatures this week (and our oldest is home for winter break!), I decided that today was a wonderful day to try out this indoor pirate museum.
And what we found there was nothing short of a treasure!
Me little mateys and I headed into the museum after a thorough review of the map and a reminder that if we should fully pay attention to the clues, we could receive our very own piece of treasure.
Our one-hour tour through the museum was conducted by Captain William Mayhem, a real pirate who was over 300 years old!
The tour was interactive and engaging, allowing even our almost three-year old to hang. A ticket purchase includes both the tour and access to the museum all day, so after the tour we headed back through to do our own explorations.
You could spend hours just walking around the museum, reading all about the unique pirate artifacts that they have there.
But we didn’t have to waste! Captain Landon & Griffin needed to help find the clues to get to the ultimate goal: treasure!
The treasure hunt is perfect for kids of all ages! Even Griffin (almost 3) would walk around the museum looking for the skeleton door pulls to reveal the next clue. But Captain Landon, age 5, led the pack as they fearlessly opened all kinds of nooks & crannies.
And alas, treasure! We had found all twelve clues and we reaped our reward at the front of the museum. I could tell you what the treasure loot is but then I’d also have to make you walk the plank.
Trek Difficulty Level: (0): For those in Nocatee/Jacksonville, the museum is super easy to access to and really close to home. It took us less than twenty minutes to get there from Nocatee. Parking is easily accessible right across the street.
Trek Budget: For the tour and unlimited day access, adult tickets ate $13.99, kids 5 and up are $6.99 and kids under four are free!
3 Trek Must-Dos:
- Dress as pirates! It’s optional, but I think our boys really thought they were pirates while in character in the museum.
- Find an off hour to visit: we arrived right at 10:00am (opening) and the crowd level was really low! The museum hosts a lot of school tours, so you may want to plan your visit wisely.
- Consider purchasing a combo ticket with the Colonial Experience at Colonial Quarter or head out for a yummy meal at one of the three local restaurants offering 10% off your total: Bull & Crown Publick House, Taberna Del Caballo Restaurant and St. Augustine Seafood Company.
Landon’s Trek Tip: Have your birthday party at the Pirate Museum! Landon is now begging to have a future birthday party there.
Thank you, St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, for a wonderful morning!