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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL

11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084  
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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Monday, May 30, 2016

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Sunday, Jun 5, 2016

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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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vdf1199

Corryton, Tennessee

"The least favorite of all the attractions we visited in St. Augustine"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2016 NEW

We were disappointed with the Fountain of Youth. There really isn't much at all to the Fountain of Youth. There is a little well that you can get a little glass of water to drink. The rest of the tour had to do with Indians and a cannon was fired. There were lots of peacocks running around which were gorgeous....but all the exhibits didn't really tie into the Fountain of Youth.

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Greer C


"Drink to your Youth!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2016 NEW

It was really cool to find out that All of St. Augustine is a historical site! Archeologists are working on areas at the park! Our nation's history is still unfolding, new stories are being discovered! Very exciting. Cool things to see and learn!

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gets007

Miami

"Some good history, but nothing special"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2016 NEW

The one standing memory I have of going to this place, they were filling "fountain of youth" water bottles from a nearby tap. Those bottles cost something like $3 or so. That should serve as a bit of a testament to what this place will make you feel by the time you leave.

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actressteacher

Watauga, Texas

"Peaceful Respite from the Tourists."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

We purchased this along with the trolley passes for three adults and a two-year old. After visiting the attractions two blocks away, we stepped into the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, and found ourselves in a place far away and long ago. First, before we entered the park, we got something to eat at the Five Flags Cafe just in front of the ticket booth. This is one place in St. Augustine where one can get a fresh, made to order, inexpensive lunch, and/or use a public restroom without paying an entrance fee. The food was surprisingly upscale. Yes, there were burgers and fries, but also clams, black beans and rice, wraps, Cuban food, and options for my family needing gluten free choices. Excellent food out under shaded picnic tables with peacocks walking around. Yes, peacocks you can feed. After lunch, we went into the park. I expected a tourist trap, but didn't find much, other than the requisite gift shop at the end that was touristy. Instead, I found interpreters in historic dress, and guides in what looked like park ranger uniforms, all willing to talk (and appreciating the opportunity). Even the guide at the fountain was willing to talk to us about the size of the aquifer (all of Florida, and parts of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi), and the mineral content, and supposed health benefit of the water. There were some school groups there, but the park is huge, and we never crossed paths. The presentations were academic in nature, but not boring. It reminded me of the Historic Jamestowne Archaeological Site in Virginia with serious academic tour guides. By "serious", I mean "not cheesy or touristy". I can see why there were so many school groups there. While there has been no real proof that Ponce De Leon came ashore here, there has been found evidence of some Spanish settlement, and research continues. I had a most delightful conversation with the lady demonstrating Native American pottery making. Even though I have seen many cannon firings and black powder demonstrations, and have shot black powder rifles myself before, I learned a lot about matchlock and flintlock guns. I work in a museum, myself, but weapons are not part of our interpretation. The shows and presentations were timed perfectly to go to one right after the other with little wait. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and shaded, and the whole park was quiet and peaceful except for the occasional cannonfire. The boardwalk was also great for viewing clams (listen, and you can hear them snapping) and crabs. You won't be able to miss the peacocks as you leave. They like showing off their feathers for photos. We ended up staying 5-1/2 hours at the park, including lunch. It was worth double the cost, which was discounted with the trolley tour.

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zoefree

Saint Augustine, Florida

"Great way to spend a day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2016 NEW

Neat & well worth it. My personal favorite is the peacocks. Planetarium, live cannons fired & of course the fountain of youth. Fountain is still there & active. The water has an aftertaste & smells like sulfur.

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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.

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