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 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.

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Stephane1592
Repentigny, Canada
"Hispanic journey"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
Worth a stop for archeological as well as frendly people to explain the first nation's oldest city in North America. The park is well documented on site with a lot of archeological facts
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Sally R
Boca Raton, Florida
"Interesting and fun and great for dogs!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2018 NEW
Fun to visit the Fountain of Youth, see very interesting archaeological sites. Planetarium and Discover Globe interesting and educational. Our dog welcomed everywhere and nice walking for him. Very well done!
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raggedyann6
Palm Harbor, Florida
"Nice to visit once"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2018 NEW
We visited here in August around 2:00 and left around 3:15 wish and saw everything except the Planetarium show. There was plenty of parking and it was a self guided tour. The fountain of youth was not all that impressive but we did take a drink from it.This was one of those places to visit once but did not warrant going back again.
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89Jerry1950
St. Augustine, Florida
"something always is happening here"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018 NEW
If you don't visit you don't know St. Augustine. A must for travelers and locals because there is always something new.
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Joanne C
Miami, Florida
"Fountain of Youth Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018 NEW
Very informative! The grounds are very well kept. The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly and they are available to provide information or answer questions. The demonstrations are often enough that you can be there 1 hour to 1 hour and a half and catch them all. Don’t miss the cannonball!
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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.