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.

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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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Jaime W
"More than I expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2017 NEW
We went to this location as part of the trolley/hop on hop off tour. There was quite a few different things to do here. They shot a cannon off during the day which was very neat.
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Michael B
Miramar, Florida
"Surprised"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2017 NEW
I'm always leery of places like this, and think they are tourist traps. Maybe this one is, but I loved it. There a lots of things to see, we didn't get to everything, cause we went late in the day. The fountain is really interesting, it's a small area where water pours from an underground spring. You can have a drink from the fountain, and so far it appears to work as feel younger already. There is an employee there to explain about the fountain and take pics for you. We then saw a exhibition on the firing of an old long gun and how the black powder was stored on the weapon before firing. Warning, it's as loud as a shotgun when fired. We watched a really good exhibition of canon firing also. This is really loud, especially for kids. Then it was on to the blacksmith presentation. We spent some time just walking the site and looking/feeding the peacocks. A quick run through the gift shop and we left. There is a planetarium on site, but we did not go it.
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Sheryl B
Necedah, Wisconsin
"Interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
This place was very cool! We had a nice talk with the woman there and she had so much information! Tried the water and it tasted kinda bad! Also it didn't work! LOL This was a good stop if only to try the water!
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tklwood
Denham Springs, Louisiana
"Got to drink the water."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
Beautiful gardens and of course you have to drink from the spring. also the globe and planterium are good short shows . then stroll out over the water on the pier. tide was out saw lots of crabs and birds.
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Abby G
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Fun Day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2017 NEW
Simply standing next to the cannon blasting made this visit worth it. Parking is free for visitors. If you are lucky you will arrive in time to make your first stop on the tour the informative video. The Fountain of Youth is drinkable, and tastes terrible just like all the other tap water in St. Augustine :) If you take your time, you might learn a few things.
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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.