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
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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cecilia
Minneapolis
"Interesting historically, beautiful place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2020 NEW
It was a gorgeous day do we enjoyed our half day visit. We had just attended a lecture by a history professor and researcher which verified and added to the storied history of this privately owned park. That really brought it to life for us. We walked the grounds and attended all the demos and shows. The guides were very informed. We also saw a cannonball jelly fish off the boardwalk that was so beautiful. Fed the peacocks, too. The restaurant was excellent and we enjoyed sitting under the big trees for lunch. Recommend the chicken burrito and soup. We received the AAA and senior discount which was nice. Must cost a lot to keep this place up and private.
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rebeccai362
Richmond, Virginia
"Fountains, History, Cannons, Guns, Blacksmith, Planeterium and More"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 24, 2020 NEW
We took our three kids to the park and got more than we expected out of it. My youngest was amazed at the blacksmith and his demonstration on how they made nails in the early settlement. We saw the cannon fired - they gave a great speech on how the cannons worked. We had a gun demonstration on an antique gun from the settlement period and learned about the gun powder. There were spear throwing demonstrations, information on the native americans who lived on the lands, and much more. And Peacocks! I can't forget the peacocks. Some great history and fun here. I recommend!
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ltushla
Oak Lawn, Illinois
"More than just the Fountain"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020 NEW
I enjoyed the actors at the park, but there was very little about the Fountain and that time period.
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TuscanyMan
"Forever Young"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
The Fountain of Youth ads to the history of St Augustine. The foubtain itself is not much to marvel at but interesting. There is a planitarium show amungst other points of interest such as live cannon firing and crossbow and weapons used back in those days. You can feed the many beautiful Peacocks just remember they are wild birds.
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cleaningsolutions585
Illinois
"Must Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
Must visit and experience this site. Lovely outdoor grounds and peaceful. Truly for history seekers. Inquire and ask staff questions to learn beyond the printed information. Live education and demonstration about cross bow and canons used in the 1800’s. Learned a lot. Not recommended for children under 12 years. Allow 2-4 hours. Must see 15 minute ‘globe show’ in the planetarium on site. Truly impressive and educational. Excellent.
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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.