Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL

11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.

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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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tedlong29
Gulf Breeze, Florida
"Family Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2016 NEW
Always enjoy coming here. There is so much to do. Not only can you drink form the fabled Fountain of Youth but you get to see a native village, an observatory and learn so much about colonial history. Not to mention there are gorgeous peacocks just roaming around so it is truly a magical place.
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Barbara F
Orange Park, Florida
"Interesting and informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2016 NEW
Some of the information on target but if read any history,of the real story of St. Augustine, you know the basic idea. Did good job with exhibits and very nice walking around. Lots to see, kids love it too
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hurracainedonna
Fort Myers, Florida
"Nice Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 29, 2016 NEW
Pleasant day. Learned some of the history. Went during "off season. Maybe not all things were as active as they normally are. Pleasant day all in all.
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Maxiemae
Talladega, Alabama
"Fun time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 29, 2016 NEW
There is a lot of history here and things to see. We watched the canyon firing and drank from the fountain.
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Lola_Knows
Lake Forest, California
"Fountain of Youth still Springs Hope Eternal"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 29, 2016 NEW
Look out world! I drank from the Fountain of Youth today (and I do mean literally---- filled a couple of to-go bottles too!). The Fountain of Youth is a spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. The city of St. Augustine, Florida is home to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, a tribute to the spot where Ponce de León is traditionally said to have landed. Mind you Good ole Ponce was about 4'11" while the native Timucuans were 6-7' tall and living to 70-80 years old at a time that was unheard of (1500s). He attributed this to the water they drank. The park currently exhibits native and colonial artifacts to celebrate St. Augustine's Timucua and Spanish heritage in addition to the famed Fountain. It is a nice walk around the park with a lot of artifacts. The park rangers were friendly and full of information that kept the visit interesting. Although I can't say its a must-see attraction, it is hard to avoid with the pull to see and drink from the famed Fountain of Youth. And I was pleasantly surprised by the peacocks roaming freely on the property. Kid and Dog friendly.
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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.