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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William W
Gloucester, Virginia
"Interesting experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
Had never in my travels to St Augustine visited the park, we had a large group but we endured the cost because I really wanted to say I have been there. I was pleasantly surprised at the history and the demonstrations they have, the peacocks were cool to watch.
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Nico D
"Gents, I give you, the Fountain of Youth!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth is as cheesy as it comes, but man is it fun! We loved watching the cannon get fired, and loved the wild peacocks.
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Venice_FLSandi
Venice, FL
"Really enjoyed the demonstrations!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Had not visited the Park in many years, so it was most enjoyable to take in the demonstrations and the sites. Our favorite was the cannon blast. The peacocks in the yard opened their full display of plumes so we got some awesome pictures! Really relaxing in such a beautiful environment. Staff have such full knowledge of history!
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Cassyg89
"Super cool..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
I'm from orlando and have visited st Augustine about 10 times but have never stopped here. I'm so glad I did. I learned more about st augustine in the few hours I was here than I've ever learned visiting any of the other tourist locations. No its not a theme park, but knowing you are standing in the same place that the first settlers first lived was pretty amazing. The peacocks were an added bonus
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shreve1231
Woodstock, Georgia
"Fun history"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Very interesting to visit this location and see where it all started. Peacocks are very cool and seemed to be the most exciting about the visit. The live re-enactments were fun to watch. The entire visit seems to be short because there really isn’t to much to see. The entrance fee seems a little much for such a small attraction.
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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 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.