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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Dakotagirl777
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"Beautiful grounds"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2017 NEW
Worth the stop. The grounds are gorgeous and they have live peacocks walking as you go through. Great photo ops here
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Lynn T
"Things to see!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2017 NEW
Loved the fountain of youth park. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. We happened to visit when a tour bus arrived. They were kind enough to do extra show in planetarium and globe show to accommodate their time schedule! We just took advantage of timing!! Beautiful peacocks and grounds
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sarasmom
Sanibel Island, Florida
"Cannons, guns, peacocks and history mixed in one"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2017 NEW
You can spend a couple hours at this park. History here! Of course the main attraction is the fountain of youth where you can taste the water. There is a planetarium, tons of beautiful peacocks to see, Indian village, gun firing, cannon firing, black smith, boat building and a walk way out over the water. We enjoyed our visit to the park.
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kythoro
Lexington, South Carolina
"History!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2017 NEW
Wish the water from the fountain really did make me younger! Beautiful park, peacocks and wildlife. Walking paths to water where cannon is fired. Planetarium was a cool, refreshing place to visit after the heat of day. Just a relaxing visit and enjoying all the history of the park.
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ma_golfman
Appleton, WI
"Cannon Firing Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2017 NEW
In addition to having a drink of water, you can see a musket and canon firing. There are the planetarium and sailing shows inside. Forging demonstrations, and a tower to climb. Feed the peacocks or squirrels. Many other things to see. Plan on 3-4 hours at least if you want to see everything.
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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.