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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DesertCreatures
Arizona
"Overpriced and few things to do"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2017 NEW
This was a bit of a disappointment. Sure you get to drink some water from the fountain of youth but there's not a lot other stuff to do. There's some demonstrations of a cannon firing and a match lock rifle being fired but there's a lot of down time and overall not worth the cost of admission.
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Austin H
Dothan, Alabama
"Great for Old Folks"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
Very comfortable park to do some walking and site-seeing. Be sure to bring your camera or use your smart phone to capture images of the colorful and the white peacocks. A pathway winds through the park taking a person to many scenic areas so take your time and enjoy! The Fountain of Youth is a must do and regardless of your age you need to drink some of the water. I am closing in on 70 and I felt for a time after drinking 2 containers of the water that I was younger. Lorrie then burst my bubble and said I was just feeling hydrated from the water!
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FLA-couple33709
St. Petersburg, Florida
"A part of history."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
This attraction was part of our tour. Loved the peacocks! It had a planetarium to show the courses of the ships that sailed in 1400's and 1500's. They did a cannon show. It was interesting.
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Anonymous
"Be cautious drinking from the well! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
On our visit we drank from the “fountain of youth” as many others have. The water had a strong sulfur odor to it. Approximately 1/2 hour after drinking the water I became very sick with violent diarrhea. It ruined the rest of my evening. I know they say the water is tested however something with that water did not agree with my GI system. Other than that the park was very interesting and I enjoyed it. Be extremely careful and only take a sip of the water and no more! Don’t take a chance of ruining your vacation.
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Leisuretraveller5089
New York City, New York
"Definitely worth your time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
The self - guided tour includes stops at different areas to learn about early life in St. Augustine . The Native American Village was of particular interest. There was also a canon firing and instructions on how to safely load and use one of the earliest rifle type guns. We had a cup of water from the fountain of youth, however , we remained our old selves.....
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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.