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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Jennifer L
"Absolutely gorgeous!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
Do not skip the Fountain of Youth when visiting St. Augustine!! It is so interesting and the grounds are simply beautiful!! Take a sip of the water they provide from the fountain. Listen to the tour guides & watch the movie. Walk around and take in the beauty all around you!! There are peacocks all around and in the trees, even albino peacocks!
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Stephen P
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
I was excited to visit the Fountain of Youth while on a recent visit to St. Augustine. The visit began with a drink from the fountain and some historical information from an employee/exhibits. Unfortunately, it was down hill from there. We viewed each building (the planetarium was closed for remodeling). One building was the location where natives were buried (now merely en enclosed dirt pile with a few displays. One building housed a brief video about the natives. All other areas were a reconstructed church, single family native dwelling, and a few demonstrations such as a musket firing, and blacksmith. Surprisingly, no discussion of Ponce de Leon who discovered the area etc. After the fountain, the most interesting part were the peacocks, one of whom was all white. All in all, they could really just charge $3.00 for a viewing and drink of the fountain and call it a day.
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Denise R
Houston, Texas, United States
"So much history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
what a fun place with lots of history you can just wonder around the park a must stop of course is to drink from the fountain of youth!!!
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Oscar S
West Palm Beach, Florida
"Dont drink the water!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
It is a really beautiful place with lots to see. The water is what probably killed Ponce de Leon while he was looking for the fountain of youth, it really tasted bad. Many activities like the planetarium (which was closed during our visit) the exhibitions (cannon firing and living villages) were interesting as well.
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joe s
Baltimore, Maryland
"senior vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
interesting place, first time in our life we saw a white peacok,i drinked the water,so far no change yet?
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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.