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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Latelyk
Savannah, Georgia
"My dog and I drank from The Fountain!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
Beautiful, well-kept grounds to stroll through and interact with several exhibits. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about exhibits. This attraction is pet-friendly and my dog was greeted by most staff members. Peacocks roam the grounds and have a feeding station. The Planetarium and Globe were short air-conditioned shows that also provided history of the area. It is fun to know excavation is on-going. Plenty of parking.
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edawalden
Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
Always heard of the Fountain of Youth and never visited it on the 3 times I have been in St. Augustine, very disappointed!
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Charmain D
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
"Enjoyable time at the Fountain of Youth"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
We spent several hours at the Fountain of Youth. After making a stop at the fountain in the Spring House to taste the water we had time to check out the Navigators planetarium and the Discovery Globe. Both have set times for entry. There are other interesting things to view there such as the Timucuan village, the Mission Church, and the Spanish Watchtower. The firing of the Cannon takes place every hour on the hour from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm so be prepared for the loud noise! Tickets are $15 for adults.
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MrsHinton
Coral Springs, Florida
"Peacocks"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
15.00 an adult to get into the park ,14.00 if you find a coupon. Lots of interesting history but the peacocks are what stole the show for me. The peacocks are everywhere and so beautiful. There were even white ones. Oh and I drank from the fountain of youth and splash some on my sons head 👍🏽
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juliapickelsimer
McCaysville, Georgia
"Not worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
They charge $16.00 to see a well with a rusty grate in front of it. There was not a lot to see it was basically a walking trail. Don't waste the time or money this should not even be an 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, 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.