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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"Tourist Trap"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2016 NEW
This is just what you think: a true tourist trap; avoid at all costs. Anything else in town is better that this.
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Jada B
Gruetli Laager, Tennessee
"If you have time go."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2016 NEW
It was different I will say. You can drink the water out of the fountain, and you can walk around and see the sites, and you can go into the planterium, and other building to see some of the history of the Fountain. It is some walking so keep that in mind.
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Sarah C
Barnesville, Georgia
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2016 NEW
Great for history buffs. Watching the cannon fired off was really an experience. We drank the water so we will see if we stay youthful.... One can always hope... Great for children of all ages.
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Boca Raton, Florida
"The Kids loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2016 NEW
Our kids age 6&8yo loved this place. It was open with both indoor & outdoor activities. They loved the replicated Indian Village & had fun going in & out of the huts. There are over 30 peacocks just walking around as you tour the area. They have live canon firing but we did not see it. We did try the water from the fountain of youth but just to warn you, it tastes horrible! Its sulfur taste is just so strong! We could of spent more time here!
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Estelle W
Tampa, Florida
"Interesting....even if I continue to age!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2016 NEW
This is located in a very pretty park like setting that has exhibits of how the Indians lived at the time and how Ponce de Leon discovered the Fountain of Youth. There is a cannon demonstration and you can sample the water.
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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.