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 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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SweetTooth777
"You have to stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
At the very least, it’s the Fountain of Youth and you’re in Saint Augustine. You kind of have to stop to say that you did it. We stopped with my mom and were pleasantly surprised to see that they had a great guide tell the history of the fountain. He was very engaging and seemed to enjoy what he does. As others have said, the water wasn’t the best tasting, but you don’t go there to drink filtered water! There was also a video on the history of the place and a video at the planetarium. It seemed like these may have been additions to make the park bigger. The park had a blacksmith demonstration (that guy did a great job too!). There were a couple of other demos that we did not see. We did go up in the watchtower, which had a nice view of the water where you could see the lighthouse in the distance. There is plenty of ground to walk and a few monuments spread around the area. There is a place to eat on-site, and picnic areas in case you packed your own lunch. The gift shop is nice, but a little crowded. Staff was welcoming, and the experience was what you expect. It is a bit pricey, but there are some online discounts to get $1-1.50 off a ticket.
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Patricia S
Dickson, Tennessee, United States
"Don't miss this!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
So many things to see here! Planetarium show, blacksmith demonstration, cannon firing demonstration, and more! There is a wonderful tower to climb for a view of the area. The thatch village was a nice addition since I visited many years ago. Beautiful place to explore history. My only complaint about historic places commemorating people is that they only show the "good" side of these folks.Pone de Leon was not a good man and died of a well deserved poison arrow! Overall, however, this is a wonderful place to visit. (My grandchildren were fearful they would get sick from drinking of the fountain of youth!)
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mnm001831
Richmond, Virginia
"A lot in one place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2018 NEW
This site includes the Old Jail and an Old time hardware-sundry store. Both were very entertaining. I was pleased to learn that it has been established that the property is indeed where the first settlement was
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C_G19963
Milford, Delaware
"Day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed walking the gardens. The staff was very informative and interesting to listen to. We enjoyed drinking from the fountain of youth.
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mcarri399015
Port Orange, Florida
"Great historical fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2018 NEW
The staff was very friendly and the grounds were well taken care of. The scheduled events were well worth the time. Some of the exhibitions were outdated but they were still cool. Loved the ater from the fountain of youth. I should have drank more.
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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.