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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.
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!
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.
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.
Saint Augustine, Florida
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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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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