History museums' acquisitions always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $11, you get two adult admissions to Old Florida Museum in St. Augustine (a $22 value).
With meticulously reproduced buildings, costumed villagers, and hands-on activities, Old Florida Museum immerses the history-curious in an interactive journey through a Timucuan village and the 16th century Fort Menendez. Visitors re-create the lives of indigenous Floridians in the village of Seloy, then move into 16th century Spanish Florida for the Colonial House and Fort Menendez exhibits, where faux-colonists can create dipped candles, don a conquistador’s helmet, and view wood engravings of Dan Marino wearing a tricorne hat with a real quill pen.
Throughout the museum, patrons earn ducados, which are tokens that are used to buy and wager on games and activities in the park. Guests can buy and trade ducados from each other and from the Fort's own villagers and earn more by completing chores and tasks. The ducados are redeemable for selects items in the gift shop, which features the work of local artisans who also ply their trades in Fort Menendez, including a blacksmith, a carpenter, and an old-timey, 3-D smartphone maker.
Old Florida Museum
Though most museums instruct with glass cases and placards, Old Florida Museum wants you to live the experiences of its indigenous populations and settlers firsthand. During its hands-on program, guests explore Florida's history of year 1585 beginning with the Timucua Indians. In the recreated Village of Seloy, they can learn about corn grinding, dug-out canoe making, and Indian tools before visitors encounter Fort Menendez and discover how early settlers lived by dipping candles, weaving, and woodworking.
Along this trek through time, patrons can earn ducados—tokens which are good for park games and select gift shop items—by completing chores and activities. Skilled hagglers can also trade their ducados with other patrons or museum workers searching for the fountain of youth.