Pat Croce, former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, is obsessed with pirates. And because he's rich enough from his own loot to play into his obsession, he opened this fantastic homage to all things swashbuckling. St. Augustine, it turns out, was a hotbed for pirates like Sir Francis Drake and Robert Searles. Among the 800 or so artifacts here are an original journal of Captain Kidd's last voyage, the oldest pirate wanted poster, and the world's only authentic pirate treasure chest. New and noteworthy at the museum is a rare burnt-wood remnant from one of two 16th-century ships attributed to Drake that Croce discovered with a team of explorers during an October, 2011 expedition to Panama. Interactive exhibits and cheesy-but-amusing animatronics make for an engaging and entertaining visit. Depending on your level of pirate interest, you can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to over 2 hrs. here. Kids who are deep into their own pirate phases obviously flip over the place.
St. Augustine› Attraction
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
12 S. Castillo Dr.
Our Rating Neighborhood Historic District Hours Daily 10am–8pm Phone 877/GO-PLUNDER (877/467-5863) Prices Admission $12 adults, $6 children 5–12 Web site St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
Map12 S. Castillo Dr. St. Augustine
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