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 European 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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DustinD192
Kansas City, Kansas
"Was interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
They attempt to take you back in history at the park. They have many presentations about how things were done when the first boats arrived here in America.
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michellesthoughts
"Great History"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
If you are going to be in St. Augustine, this is a terrific way to learn about the discovery of this historic city, the original inhabitants and interesting details about the way of life. The park is a beautiful area and is set up to replicate the original Indian village and also other buildings that the new settlers built. Great interactive demonstrations and shows. You do also get to see the original 'Fountain of Youth' and learn more about it. Pet friendly area with nice picnic section. Much more than simply seeing the fountain. The peacocks were a beautiful and unexpected part. We enjoyed this attraction quite a bit.
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recorder
Pineville, Missouri
"We did it"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
If someone thinks that I am going to go to St. Augustine and not stop at the Fountain of Youth, they are wrong. Not a real planetarium fan and the globe was more of a historic relic of a bygone era than interesting place. BUT, all in all it was worth it and fun to see where the early settlement was. Drinking from the Fountain was the photo op we were looking for.
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Amie G
"Do I look younger?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018 NEW
I was impressed with how well-timed all the presentations are at the Park. We went to the planetarium then the globe theater then kept moving down the pathway, arriving in time for the next speaker. I enjoyed each of the docents. They were all very knowledgeable. The musket and cannon firing were loud and spectacular.
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TheCharmings
"Step Back in Time...."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2018 NEW
The simplicity of this wonderful Park is part of it's attraction. Keeping it authentic and well maintained has benefited people like us, who came in our youth and return now with our children and grandchildren.
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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 and see all the exhibits, you will need a minimum of 2.5 hours.

Can we arrive after 4:00 pm?
Guests should plan to be at the park by no later than 4:00 pm as the park closes at 6:00 pm, with last tickets sold at 5:00 pm.