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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BunkieFL
Florida
"Great dog friendly history park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2017 NEW
Another interesting historical area in the St Augustine area--best of all it is dog-friendly even inside the theaters. It definitely has a lot of the "Old Florida" tourist feel with retro Globe display. Nice place to walk around and catch up on history for one hour. Pleasantly uncrowded as it off the beaten path of downtown St. Augustine.
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EnjoyingTheJourney
Illinois
"LOVED the peacocks!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2017 NEW
This was the last stop on our one day visit to St. Augustine. My friend had visited once years before and thought that it would be fun for her great grandchildren to be able to say that they had the chance to drink from the fountain. The park was closing in just over an hour. We still had to pay full price. I guess that should be expected. We had enough time to look about the settlement. One worker, dressed as an Indian, was very engaging with the children, asking them questions and teaching them interesting facts in a fun way. We had time to sit through the show in the Navigator's Planetarium. That made me appreciate the courage of those willing to travel the seas with what we now consider such primitive navigational tools. We also watched the Discovery Globe. Maybe I was just tired. Both exhibits could use some updating. We tasted the water at the Fountain of Youth. The worker there was fun and informative. I'd say that folks surely don't drink the water because it tastes good. LOL But the peacocks! B E A U T I F U L !!! I have seen peacocks from a distance, but these were up close and personal. I'm guessing that there were at least 20 of them in the areas we were able to see. I couldn't believe how big they were with their feathers in full array! That was my favorite part and worth the price of admission. I would have enjoyed just sitting for an hour to watch them.
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Joy E
"A wonderful park filled with history to stroll around"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
We figured that it would only take a few minutes to see the Fountain of Youth, but we ended up spending a few hours there. There is so much to see and learn there. The area is beautifully kept and organized. We enjoyed each talk and exploring the original Catholic church, the Indian village, and watching the enactment of firing the cannon. The highlight for me was the peacocks that roamed around freely and feeding them. It was one of the highlights of out stay.
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Rudejelly
Maryville, Tennessee
"Stepping back in time to early colonial times"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2017 NEW
I really thought this would be a bit cheezy, but this was actually one of the places I really enjoyed. The best parts were the interactive demonstrations. We stayed at the blacksmith's workshop alone for over 20 minutes. A real working, producing blacksmith teaches you all about his craft and answers all the questions without missing a beat of his work. Other areas of note were the live crossbow, matchlock and canon firing demonstrations and the church. We loved the in-character re-enactors who were more than willing to answer all questions. There wasn't anyone at the boat-wright area, but there are plenty of static displays. Sample some water from the "Fountain of Youth", if you're daring (haha). There are also many beautiful Peacocks and Peahens on-site.
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Alastair C
"This place seems fake"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2017 NEW
From what I can tell, there is no evidence that Ponce De Leon came here. Not worth the entrance fee!
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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.