Wednesday, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so there’s no better time to check out a pirate getaway to St. Augustine, FL, the “oldest city in the United States.” Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the nation.
So whether you’re up for a fun pirate pub crawl and party getaway, or a delightful family educational outing, St. Augustine is the place to be. There are so many pirate adventures just waiting for the adventurous explorer it may be hard to know where to start. So here are a few suggestions, but be sure to make reservations early because these are popular pirate haunts.
You wouldn’t be much of a pirate if you missed seeing the Pirate & Treasure Museum. Experience an interactive journey through the life of a pirate and 300 years of high seas adventures. See real rare pirate artifacts as you feel, hear, smell, and see through the eyes of pirates of long ago.
Then sail on the pirate ship Black Raven. Adult 21+ club tours with skits, stories, songs, etc., and weekend family treasure hunts with Captain Hook and Blackbeard battling for treasure are both offered. Board the Black Raven for an unforgettable pirate adventure.
If you’re in St. Augustine on Friday, Sept. 21, be sure you join in the Talk Like A Pyrate Pub Crawl. Meet at Pirate Fashions ‘N’ Fotos, for a night of camaraderie, games, singing sea shanties, drinking, telling of some bad pyrate jokes, and even engage in a pirate duel. There is no cost (other than food and drink you order) as you crawl through four local bars starting at 6:00 p.m until 10:00 p.m. Be sure you wear your finest pirate garb (you can get your outfits at Pirate Fashions ‘N’ Fotos before the crawl).
On Saturday, Sept. 22, step back in time and join in the festivities at the Mariners Ball. The costumed ball will be held at Fort Mendendez from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and will include a fun Scavenger Hunt to start off the evening. Prizes will be awarded for most authentic, most interesting and best male and female Captains and crew.
Go “pirate” all the way by staying at the Pirate Haus Inn. This budget-friendly bed and breakfast is located in the historic district close to the Pirate Museum. Upstairs accommodations include pirate themed rooms at reasonable prices – great fun for families and young pirates. Morning breakfast is homemade pirate pancakes that will put a smile on the any young pirate.