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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Marta Pallidine
Miami, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"relaxing and informative"
July 2019
I visited with my dog and had a wonderful time walking the grounds. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming.
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Tip: wear comfortable walking shoes

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Gerda M
Pooler, Georgia
"Mother's 85th birthday "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
The fountain of Youth tour is very enjoyable. It's spread out over a large area with multiple things to see. After the fountain there's a planaterium to demonstrate night navigation. There is a model of an Indian village and a watch tower. As you walk around there are squirrels and peacocks. Be careful feeding the peacocks because the pigeons will try to get to the food and cover you. In the gift shop you can buy a bottle of water from the fountain to take home. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful. They take the time to explain the history of each display. It's a very worthwhile attraction.
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pfoglietta
Brooksville, Florida
"Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2019 NEW
Very interesting to see how things were done years and years ago. Walk the park, got a few things in the store on the premises, and of course we got to buy some fountain of youth water in a bottle
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Glenda J
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Worth the time and the cost"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
The history shared during this visit was a highlight for us as we toured the area. The Fountain of Youth does an excellent job of allowing the visitor to explore history and experience a drink from the Spring of Eternal Hope. I recommend touring every exhibit and taking the time to sit through the shows provided. My husband gave me an extra large portion of the water, but unfortunately it didn’t help with my aging. Smile!
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KelseyW145
Acworth, Georgia
"More Than Just The Fountain"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2019 NEW
This place was a lot bigger than I expected and my favorite part was feeding the peacocks! The fountain itself wasn’t as grand as I was expecting, but still a cool experience and something to say that you’ve done. Definitely plan ahead if you want to do the exhibits such as the planetarium as there are set times for those that we kept missing and didn’t want to wait another hour for. Beautiful grounds and a lot more to see than I though so definitely walk around and explore!
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Alice H
Rogersville
"Don't Miss"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2019 NEW
WE thought our visit to the Fountain of Youth was the highlight of our trip. To know that we were in the actual area of the first European's visit to the US in the 1500's was fantastic. We learned so much about our history while visiting here. They do allow pets.
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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.