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.

Description

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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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N970WXmaryd
Baltimore, Maryland
"Larger than I expected!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2018 NEW
There was much more to this place than I thought there would be. In addition to the Fountain of Youth, there was a planetarium, blacksmith demonstrations, early village recreations and much more. It was a great history lesson. There were also many peacocks displaying their plumage. We spent about 2 hours wandering the grounds.
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TERRAvelista
London
"A rather large place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
Although initially disappointed with this place as we headed first to the fountain to taste the water (thank God the large group of screaming kids arrived after us) and the water did not even taste that nice, we then discovered the large grounds with peacocks and squirrels jumping around in the gorgeous trees, then went towards the water where they had hourly events and even walked briefly on the bridges there. Lots of little info posted here and there and lots of small attempts to recreate the living conditions in the previous centuries here.
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3petes2017
Florida
"Peacocks were the highlight"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
This was just an ok attraction. The best part was the blacksmith demonstration! And the peacocks! Other than that, the "fountain" was a room with some bits of history displayed here and there. The water was running out of a spigot and there were little plastic cups you could use to take a drink. Not a bad park, but nothing fantastic.
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Jonathan F
Dorset, Vermont
"So much to explore"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 22, 2018 NEW
The highlight, of course, was drinking the famous water but there are so many exhibits worth seeing here and so much significant history to learn about the early explorers/settlements/native inhabitants of the area.
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William C
Ocala, Florida
"Great History Lesson"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 22, 2018 NEW
Very interesting tour, grounds are very nice with peacocks all over. The cannon show was great and even drank from the fountain. Have not seen any results yet. The planetarium was a good show, really good fun for adults and kids.
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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.