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ST. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Our intention for this trip was to leave on Friday after Thanksgiving. I wanted to take my 1-year-old grandson with us, as he loves to ride the train. Choosing the Ripley’s train tour because I think it is the most convenient to get off and back on when exploring the many stops they have to offer. In addition to the convenience of getting off and on at will, a narrated history lesson is also included free of charge.
On Black-Friday, we started our journey although later than originally planned due to traffic congestion of crazed shoppers. Changing our plans according to our delays, we parked at Sugar Mill Train station to embark on our tour. Our narrator like always was very enthusiastic quickly catching all of our attention in the process. I originally anticipated departing to look around the Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, due to our late start we were all-hungry and decided instead to get off at St. George Street. My grandson really loved the tram ride and was not at all interested in getting off. Luckily, a distraction by a horse and carriage and the mention of ice cream he soon forgot all about the train. After a snack, a little shopping and a lengthy stroll we were ready to finish our train tour. Completing the train tour, we then chose the lighthouse for our next destination instead of the Fort.
Upon arrival to the lighthouse, we were soon disappointed when they would not allow my grandson to be carried to the top of the lighthouse. Although I knew I was not going to be able to climb the stairs, I hoped my grandson would see the view from atop the lighthouse. Instead, he and I settled for browsing the museum and gift shop while my wife and son climbed the Lighthouse. The history of the lighthouse really is fascinating, considering its age and its appearance today; they have done an outstanding job in…...

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