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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enncle
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
"Interesting, fills in a morning "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2019 NEW
My partner and I walked to see the fountain only, then realised it was with the grounds. Admission fee reasonable, especially for the time you can spend just wandering around grounds. Interesting history to learn too. Great photo opportunities and staff were all very friendly and informative. Peacocks were fantastic. You could feed them too. Squirrels were funny. . Spent around 2hrs. Different fun morning, relaxing too.
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Oceanbluegreen
O'Fallon, Missouri
"Entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
We had a very limited time but was able to walk most of the grounds and see a cannon and gun being fired, as well as drink from the Fountain of Youth. All the guides were very informative. Since we had such a short time to visit we believed it was a bit over-priced for us.
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Jeri W
"Historical grounds are beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2019 NEW
This is a must do in St. Augustine. The history is a must to learn and the grounds are beautiful for an afternnon stroll. Peacocks are everywhere for youre enjoyment. Dog friendly so take care to kerp fido on a tight leash when he sees the peacocks! Gift store and resturant on site.
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EastCoastCanada
East Coast Canada
"Unique and interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2019 NEW
Overall, we had low expectations before we arrived and thought it would be “cheesy”. However, we were pleasantly surprised and found ourselves interested in the history, drinking the water, attending the planetarium show, watching the many peacocks, and attending the cannon firing. We were here about an hour and could easily have stayed longer. We would recommend it to others, but give it a fair chance: it’s the fountain of youth, not the magic kingdom.
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3cntrygrls
Hurley, Mississippi
"Hope it works for you - drink the water 😉"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2019 NEW
This is a park of activities and presentations that will take more than 2 hours to tour if you want to see the entire park and all of it’s offerings. I think boys would find this type of attraction more entertaining than girls. Muskets, skiffs, blacksmiths, cannons...
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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.