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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 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Lindsey L


"Interesting Exhibitions!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW

Be forewarned, this is a walking intensive activity in the Florida heat, but well worth the effort! The drink from a natural spring, the "Fountain of Youth," is a novelty, but the demonstrations of period-appropriate guns and cannons as well as the on-site blacksmith gave an experiential view of history that other local museums are lacking. Definitely worth a look!

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Jim R

Findlay, OH

"Afternoon trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW

This trip was a step back into time. 10 co-workers trecked down here to see the sights. The place was from the sixties. The technoligy was state of the art 40 years ago. The "old visual" could use an update. the plantitarium was old school. The affects need updated. I bet the globe was really cool back in 1965. With all that said we had a blast; we all said we would come back.

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ChrisO873

Saint Louis, Missouri

"Something is off with the water"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW

I have always wanted to see the Fountain of Youth. I finally went with friends from out of town. We tasted the water from the spring. It was awful. It tasted like sulfur, magnesium and heavy iron. Left a bad taste in your mouth. Was absolutely horrible. The rest of the park was nice. The staff was great. If you go, don't drink the water.

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Florida, Uruguay

"Great experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW

We visited the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. They had the fountain discovered by Ponce de Leon. The had a planetarium, cannon firing, and archaeological dig site. A great experience!

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William Mark M

Riverview, Florida, United States

"A lot of History in one place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW

We visited the Pounce de Leon's Fountain of Youth and there was so much to see and so much history to take it. I would recommend having plenty of time to see the all shows and walk thru all the historical locations. It’s a lot of walking around too so wear comfortable shoes. It's like going back in time seeing how the first settlers to St. Augustine lived. Make sure you go to the fountain of youth and get a drink from the fountain. They shoot off cannon and have a demonstration where they fire some rifles. If it's a hot day I do recommend bringing some extra water so you stay hydrated. Well worth the visit!

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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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