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
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"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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Escape533601
"fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2020 NEW
did some work in st augustine had a day off went to the fountain of youth park loved it thy say not to drink the water i did and it tasted good but i grew up on well water so i bought about 12 plastic bottles it was a relief to have well water because it seemed like the city water was bothering my stomach loved the education and feeding the animals there nice people that work there it was a grate place to escape from the hassles thanks guys :)
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Donna B
Palm Bay, Florida
"Great place for a family outing."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2020 NEW
Beautiful grounds, very informative. Lots to see and do. Loved the fact that we could take our dog and there were plenty of doggie water stations to include a "fountain" they could splash in.
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Matt M
Cape Coral, Florida
"Fountain of Youth, worth a drink!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 27, 2020 NEW
A must see when in St Augustine, great history that is well presented and made enjoyable for all ages. The planetarium and world globe shows are really nice especially given the time they were originally started. Cannon firing, rifle firings, blacksmith demos.....all very interesting and the staff was great! Don't forget to end your visit by feeding the peacocks...although the pigeons will be happy to take all the food. The kids had a blast doing this and at one time had at least 4 or 5 pigeons on them. I will also add that the gift shop not only has a great assortment of items but is extremely low priced for such items. Don't miss this attraction and take a drink from the fountain of youth...it can't hurt! Mask required inside all buildings and was enforced making this visit feel very safe!
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mbarozzini
Woodstock, Georgia
"Never Gets Old Going"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020 NEW
This is either the 5th or 6th time I’ve been to the Fountain of Youth, and the first with my little girls. It always amazes me every time I go, and it never gets old. My kids (7 and 4) had a lot of fun seeing the fountain, the planetarium, the re-enactments, and especially the peacocks. I love it because it’s not crazy busy like some other things in St. Augustine, and it just feels like history every time you go. Drink some water and stay forever young!
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Shelly C
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Not the tourist trap it seems!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2020 NEW
My husband and I decided to try this museum on a whim. We kept seeing the signs which are huge and touristy. Who doesn't want a secret option to get younger? So we went when it opened and were pleasantly surprised. It is somewhat made for tourists, but the grounds are lovely and rich in history.I especially liked the lovely chapel. We also enjoyed talking with the costumed docents who were glad to share information. Ask in the Temucan village about Mama Cat--Ponce de Leon's ship cat who drank the waters. We were glad we got there early to beat some of the heat.
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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.