Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL

11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Located in historic St. Augustine, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park offers a 15-acre historical site of where St. Augustine came to be in the year 1565. Guests can enjoy seeing stars from the park’s planetarium, exploring the native Timucua village, watching an old cannon fire, visit the two-story Discovery Globe, take a walk through the waterfront outdoor park, and much more.

Description

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The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15 acre waterfront, Historical Site where St. Augustine, Florida began in 1565.

We commemorate the founding of Florida in 1513 by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon and his search for the Legendary Fountain of Youth. We celebrate the Birthplace of Our Nation in 1565 and we invite you to explore it all!

This is the location where Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565, established the first and oldest continuous Europeon Settlement in the United States of America.

A wonderful time awaits you at the Fountain of Youth. Visitors can:
•See the stars in our Planetarium,
•Visit our Native Timucua Village,
•Watch a Cannon firing,
•Marvel at Spanish Exploration on our two-story high Discovery Globe,
•Learn about the Birthplace of European America,
•Stroll through a waterfront park where peacocks strut and shady oaks beckon you to stay,
•Visit the snack bar, picnic under the oaks,
•You can even drink from the legendary waters and see if your visit grants you the secret to eternal youth.

We welcome families and couples, corporate retreats and wedding parties. We have the area to handle groups and are prepared to make you, the visitor, feel as if you are an integral part of our beautiful park. If you are planning a family reunion or other gathering, consider using this inviting setting to make the special day a success.

This is where Florida and America's History all began!

The Timucua Indian Village of Seloy existed here for almost 4,000 years before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, and with Ponce de Leon's claim of possession for the Spanish King in 1513, "La Florida" was born. No other Spanish colonies that followed were successful...until the arrival of Pedro Menendez de Aviles on September 8, 1565.


Over the last 100 years, many thousands of guests have visited The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in order to sip the world famous waters and hear the history behind its legendary benefits.

See the stars in our Planetarium. Visit our Native Timucua Village. Watch a Cannon firing. Marvel at Spanish Exploration on our two story high Discovery Globe. Learn about the Birthplace of European America.

Our ample parking is free and we are a pet friendly attraction. Don't forget to feed the peacocks and squirrels! See you soon.

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Nailtech94
"Very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
I have been to St Augustine several times and this is the first time I have been able to experience this park. There was a lot more there than we realized. The entire park was beautiful and all the people were informative. The Maritime preservation group showed us how they made a replica of a ship using mostly historical methods. Everyone was very nice but the water is sulfur and while very good for you it tastes yucky! It was fun.
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zabeth-fl
Florida
"Ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
Beautiful city of St Augustine, interesting exhibits but too pricey . Very informative. I expected more .
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Scubagirl999
"Womderful park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Wild peacocks greet you upon entry. Cannon firing at the top of the hour. Short film at quarter past. Oysters and crabs are alive and well in the bay. Neat display of what life was like for the Native Americans.
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Jean B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
"Ponce de Leon's Legendary Spring"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Lots to see and do. Everything very accessible. Timucua Living History village fascinating. Planetarium fascinating. Site of Menendez' first settlement 1587.
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4foodies2017
Redington Beach, Florida
"Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
We did not feel that the Fountain was worth the time nor money we spent. There wasn't enough for us to see nor learn about. Not really what we thought it was going to be. So we were disappointed. We did buy a small bottle of water in the gift shop.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

How long does it take to tour the Fountain of Youth?
It depends, to get the full effect, you will need at least a full hour or more.

Can we arrive after 4pm?
Guests should plan to be in the park no later than 4pm, as the park closes at 5pm.