Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL

11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
View on Map

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

from Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
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 European 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.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

Have you been to Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
TravelRNLiz
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Yes, you get to drink from the fountain"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2018 NEW
Good park at the historical landing of Ponce de Leon's quest for the Fountain of Youth. It's actually a natural spring. There is a short film and also a planetarium that explains how they navigated to Florida (in hurricane season). U of Florida is doing archeological research here and has a small display of their finds. Any skeletons they found were buried in a small cemetery with a religious ceremony. The park is right on the Atlantic Ocean, but no beach for swimming. (St A has a beach). Lots of white and normal peacocks. There is a cannon shooting and a black powder exhibit, among other places to go. The gift shop was ok, clerk had good knowledge of the park.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
acarvall0
Miami, Florida
"great Place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2018 NEW
feel the living history of the beginning of colonization the cannon and crossbow show A plus the archabus show another most see.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Joanne H
Warwick, Rhode Island
"Interesting,educational,fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2018 NEW
A fun place to go to to drink from the fountain of youth, it is educational and a nice park to tour.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Brenda D
"Youthfulness"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2018 NEW
We arrived a bit late in the afternoon to tour the entire facility. It would be nice if there was a package deal for all there is to see in St. Augustine, however, this place was nice.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
TDEAN2020
Memphis, Tennessee
"Find out about the first city in North America"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
This is a very interesting site where you can learn about the explorers in the first city of North America. There is a planetarium, cannon demonstrations, blacksmith, archaeological information, and you can drink from the fountain.
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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 and see all the exhibits, you will need a minimum of 2.5 hours.

Can we arrive after 4:00 pm?
Guests should plan to be at the park by no later than 4:00 pm as the park closes at 6:00 pm, with last tickets sold at 5:00 pm.