Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL

11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

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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219nestorc
"Fountain of Youth with kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
Some of the employees not very friendly with kids. Ruined our experience. Employee by fossils very unfriendly and rude.
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Cecicornio
Ensenada, Mexico
"Fountain of Disappointment"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
My expectations must have been high because after arriving and walking around to find that the majority of the area was mostly some constructed scenarios of what a church, leathworking station, blacksmith, etc. look like in the 15th century, I thought to myself this can’t be it. Then, the fountain is indoors where the water is coming from a running spigot. What I liked the most out of this place were the readings in the walls telling of Ponce de Leon’s story with the fountain. Oh, and the peacocks were cool.
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ngpatton
Estevan, Canada
"So Much Fun and Informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
This park was so much more than expected. We saw the Fountain of Youth and thought that was it until we started walking around the grounds. What a wonderful surprise.. They had a Timucuan Village with huts that you can go inside, a mission building that you can look inside, tons of peacocks walking freely around, (my husbands favorite) the blacksmith exhibit where he makes a nail hook right before your eyes, cannon firing, walk up a Spanish lookout overlooking the Matanzas River and walk out Founders Riverwalk over the river to see the Great Cross of The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios
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Phil R
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
"Great to taste the water"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
The fountain is just a bubbling of water from a floor area decorated with stones and figurines. The rest of the site was ok with a cannon blast demo.
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Nugget O
"Wonderful attraction! History, beautiful grounds, and pet friendly!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
We decided to play tourist and try the Fountain of Youth. I am so glad we did. Both my husband and I have been here before but not for several years. This time we even brought our dog along since the park is pet friendly. I mean really pet friendly! There are water stations including the "Fountain of Pooch" throughout the park. Pet waste bags are provided as well. AND your dog can go in with you to all the exhibits! The grounds are a true archaeological site abutting the waterway. Truly breathtaking scenery overlooking the water and along the marsh. Share a path with a peacock and take a self guided tour through the park and immerse yourself in history. There are several educational areas with employees in period costume sharing their expertise in fields like; weaponry, boat building, cannon firing, and blacksmithing. And lets not forget the real fountain and the old planetarium. This place was a wonderful sight to see and I will return more often if only to enjoy the grounds.
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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.