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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timetraveler8
Sterling Heights, Michigan
"Interesting Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
Having heard and read about Ponce De Leon and the fountain of youth since I was a kid I had to see it when I had the chance. The location is actually a fairly large park with an entrance fee. The fountain is building housed with some historical displays and is a running faucet from which one can drink which I did. Disappointingly, I haven't gotten younger but I plan on remaining my age for at least a year. A docent described the discovery of and archeological digs at the fountain. The park includes a number of presentations (I'm always up for cannon blasts, firelock demonstrations and archery), a planetarium which shows the skies as de Leon would have seen them, a small native village, chapel, a boardwalk and an observation tower. A nice way to spend a couple of hours. Oh, and lots if peacocks.
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Linda_R1801
Marshfield, Wisconsin
"Great Way To Spend The Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2019 NEW
This was my 4th trip to St Augustine, and I've always wanted to stop here. This was my first time. The weather was perfect. There is so much to see and do! The Fountain of Youth itself was only a small part of what is there. The grounds are beautiful, with peacocks walking around all over. There were historical reenactors camped in the park. I didn't ask if that's something that is always so. We really only spoke to one gentleman who was a "sailor." There were blacksmiths doing demonstrations, cannon firing demonstrations every hour on the hour, weaponry demonstrations, a planetarium, an observation tower to climb and a long pier to walk out on.
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Heigoteach
Carrollwood, Florida
"Weekend Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2019 NEW
I’ve been to the park a few times. The staff is always very friendly, knowledgeable, & helpful. The site has been updated each time I’ve visited to include more hysterical, up close exhibits & demonstrations. There are live demonstrations by a black smith, pottery, archery, cannon, & other weapons. Kids can sift through sand for artifacts. The view is spectacular. There is also a small BBQ restaurant with park benches on the grounds before entering the park. Definitely worth it!
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Jody H
Mason Neck, United States
"The Slow Drive South"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2019 NEW
My husband were driving south from Jacksonville to Brevard County and as we were heading to O’Steens on the beaches, we happened to pass by the “Fountain of Youth” only because we were avoiding traffic. Keep in mind it’s both spring break fir colleges, Florida Schools and it’s Daytona Bike Week which makes a pleasant slow car trip much slower. My husband has never been to St. Augustine and so we stopped. Of course as a junior high student I went on a field trip as part of my Florida History education back in the 70’s, so it was fun to visit this venue again, and because I partook of the waters back in the 70’s I have not aged a bit ( kidding). The venue is worthwhile, the docents are very knowledgeable, very friendly and as long as you can read and are willing to engage the docents you should enjoy your time at this truly historic site that remains well preserved.
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kspeaker
Richmond, Illinois
"A must in St Augustine"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2019 NEW
Of course you have to visit the Fountain of Youth if you go to St Augustine. You do get to drink from the fountain. It basically a faucet that takes water from the ground--not a fancy fountain like you might image. There is a lot of other things to do in the park. I think it is best for elementary school kids as they shoot a cannon and show how the settlers lived there in that time. There is also an observatory. Check out those show times right away.
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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.