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.

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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Tip: wear comfortable walking shoes

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fba5
Albany, New York
"St. Augustine history"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2020 NEW
We enjoyed spending some time at this attraction, which explores the 1565 birthplace of St. Augustine (America's oldest city) & Colonial European America. We drank a little water from the alleged "Fountain Of Youth," Juan Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Eternal Hope. FYI, the water had a mineral taste. There were "free-roaming peacocks" walking around. We saw a historical firearms demonstration, spoke to a blacksmith. & viewed a reconstructed Timucuan (i.e., Native American) Village as well. Unfortunately, the Navigator's Planetarium was broken the day we visited. FYI, this place, Florida's oldest attraction, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Ricky H
Tampa, Florida
"I feel younger each day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020 NEW
We love to visit local history spots when we travel, but we really came here for the Fountain of Youth water. It was high in minerals but tasted very good. I'll let you know if it turns back the clock. Our favorite part of this site was the blacksmith. He gave an excellent and well informed demonstration using tools from that time period. The location is beautiful and the peacocks roaming about were stunning. This is a great family spot. Prices are reasonable and there are great demonstrations. The facility and gift shop are dated and could use a facelift but the place is very well maintained and clean.
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elaine j
Dayton, United States
"A potpourri of interesting historical information"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020 NEW
Built around the historic fountain of youth, (one can drink from the chlorinated fountain,though I can’t tell it made any difference!) this park offers far more historic information on St Augustine and her early beginnings, most in a pleasant open air park like setting. Great for kids!! Displays include the early Native American community, blacksmithing, cannon and rifle demonstrations, great views of the tidal waters and most interesting white peacocks! A great family outing.
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MommaChaz
"Much more then I expected!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2020 NEW
Many fun things to do and enjoy. I thought it was just going to be the fountain and maybe some explorer's relics. Turned out there is so much more to see and enjoy. Very enjoyable. Highly recommend. and the BBQ Hut has delicious food on site!
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alisoncK2904JR
"Closed early for private party!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
Arrived 1.5 hour before advertised closing time only to find was closing early for private function? Not good customer service to close early without notice.
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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.