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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Ginnyjann725
Baltimore, Maryland
"Loved the peacocks!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
We were there first thing in the morning when they opened and we were the only people there. It is very pretty there and a lot of demonstrations showing the old time black smiths, old gun shootings and a canon was shot. It took about 3 hours to go through the park.
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rcamilleri47
Chesterfield, Michigan
"Very cool place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
This was a really nice park that we thoroughly enjoyed. The peacocks here are absolutely beautiful especially the white ones and you can buy peanuts and feed them. The history of the fountain of youth was really interesting.
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Jennifer W
"Good way to go back in history"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
I would have given this a 5 for its trip back in time. The staff, all in period costume, are very friendly and knowledgeable. They were happy, eager in fact, to share what they knew. The building with the "fountain of youth" has a small exhibit as well as the water that you can drink. The native huts were interesting and you could go into the wooden church. The best part was the cannon firing with an brief explanation beforehand. (Unfortunately we missed the musket firing demo, but I expect it was as good based on the round of applause.) The only reason I gave this site 4 instead of 5 was planetarium and discovery globe were less than I expected. With today's technology, these two are very dated. The planetarium doesn't use the device that real planetariums have to display the stars. It was a computer projection and on the curved ceiling they were blurry, square pixels. The explanation of how the explorers used stars to navigate was too complicated to understand. The only thing impressive about the discovery globe was that it was 2-stories tall. Other than that, we loved the place. (And the peacocks were cool too.)
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Denise C
Wyckoff, New Jersey, Usa
"Just loved this place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
I so enjoyed the entire park. You can take young children here. They have great shows and 15 acres for them to run. You have a great deal of walking to see the entire park
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MEEFAlexandria_VA
Alexandria, VA
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Only one day in St. Augustine, so only spent about an hour. Very interesting history, grounds, planetarium. Have to go back!
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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.