Seeing St. Augustine by Ship: Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine

Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine (2018), Sponsored by Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine

Mark 4:41: They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

We have explored our local historic city, St. Augustine, FL in many ways over the past year or so. From Pirate Museum to swimming with the dolphins and exploring a historic colonial monument, we felt like we had seen it all. But we decided it was time to see St. Augustine in a new way: by boat.

Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine was a relaxed, easy way to learn about St. Augustine as we sailed…or not. What we loved about this specific cruise was that it was super kid-friendly, so much so that the tour guide wasn’t worried if children weren’t listening and observing the local sites.

In fact, the whole goal of this cruise is just sit back and experience what it’s like to be on the water. The boys had an amazing time sitting back and enjoying the ride!

One thing that makes this ride better? Friends. We were so thankful for a friend who recommended this tour to us and then joined us and a mutual friend on the tour.

The kids had fun looking at St. Augustine’s sites as we sailed by them: “Mom, is that the fort we’ve been to?! Mom, look at that cross!”

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While the boys would have just enjoyed a morning out on the water, the second part of the ride was their favorite: being asked to have the opportunity to drive the cruise boat with the Captain!


All of the boys’ faces lit up with glee as they each took turns helping to steer Victory III and even honk the horn on the ship.

If you are looking for a simple, kid-friendly family outing to experience St. Augustine in a different way, we highly recommend Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine! Such sweet memories that won’t sail away.


Trek Difficulty Level: (1): From Nocatee, FL, Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine is less than thirty minutes away. For easy parking, find a public lot (we paid $10 for 2.5 hours) and head out on a .5 mile walk to the easy-to-spot dock of Scenic Cruise.

Trek Budget: $30; for a family of one adult and two young kids (one aged under 4), it would have cost us under $30 total to experience this cruise. Kids under 4 are free. Adults are $18.00 and children 4+ are $8.50. Tickets for all ride times (offered 5x day in peak season) are sold at the dock area clearly labeled Scenic Cruise/Victory III tickets.

3 Trek Must-Dos: 

  • Forget your snack? Hit up their snack bar! And if you decide to ditch the kids for this one, they do have wine & beer.
  • Let the kids experience driving the ship! This was hands-down the kids favorite part of the cruise and made for an everlasting memory for them.
  • Try to spot the big cross; there is a view of a stunning, historic cross on your tour.

Landon’s Trek Tip (age 5.5): “Ask to drive the ship if they do not ask you to.”

Griffin’s Trek Tip (age 3): “Bring your snacks on the boat”

Trek Sponsor:  A thank you to Scenic Cruise St. Augustine for a wonderful morning on the sea.

xo, Cruisin’ Jameses

One comment

  1. Jane Siegle says:

    Cute – the boys are sure having a lot of great experiences!

    Also, Grandmom was happy you called her about Landon’s gift.



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