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 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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"Dog friendly? Yes but be advised."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine, FL It is a truly dog friendly place. Dogs are allowed everywhere. One word of caution. At certain times they have a canon firing demonstration. We had no idea we were approaching the demonstration. All of a sudden the canon went off. It startled us but really frightened our 80 pound lab. On the other end of the leash was my wife who is a little over five feet tall. She was pulled down, falling on the ground. I grabbed the dog by the harness and a young guy that was a tourist helped my wife up. I also had the little dog and she was also frightened due to the sudden loud noise. We are a young age 70, not frail and in good shape. This could have been a vacation ender. We were lucky. The noise would be almost as loud anywhere in the park. This is a great and interesting place and very pet friendly but I think most dogs are scared by fireworks, gunfire, etc. The noise was so abrupt and unexpected it scared us humans too. Just be aware. You may want to leave the dogs behind for this one. If my dog could talk he would say the good time he had walking around checking things out was totally negated by the trauma and it took a while for him to relax. No broken bones for my wife. You might think they would caution visitors before they buy tickets if they see dogs in tow.
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marita g
"One of my favorite parks"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Whether you take in the historical features or just return to walk around the grounds, this Park is serene and you will find all who work there are friendly and knowledgeable. My last visit was well timed to be alone at the end of the Pier and take in the natural beauty. There are wooden benches to sit and BE. Near the exit I found another bench and counted 2 dozen peacock nearby. Part of the grounds were being prepared for an early evening wedding. This is a special event venue as well as a lovely tourist spot.
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256lisam256
Bradenton, Florida
"Just sad..."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Ridiculously over priced. I love the concept but the cheese factor was more than I could take. I love history and seek it out but this is in dire need of a contemporary touch. Not even old Florida cool.
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rancher1000
Janesville, Wisconsin
"This was our main tour stop, and very worthwhile."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Our youngest son's family enjoyed this so we followed their example. They were right. It really enlightened us to how the town became the oldest settlement in the US. There are indoors shows and outdoor shows to stop and slow down the walking; all with great guides at each site to explain things. We did not get younger from drinking of the water. Who does? And who does not say this after having been there? Typical tourist! Our best adventure in the town.
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875julianap
Orlando, Florida
"Amazing experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
I searched online for the best things to do in Saint Augustine and I didn’t find the Fountain of Youth listed as a favorite but I really like to come today and visited this place....everything was perfect...the shows, the experience., the place....I recommend!
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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.