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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TriahaW81
Mount Dora, Florida
"Beautiful! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2019 NEW
It’s beautiful, historical and educational! The peacocks are free roaming, and will “pose” for pictures, just do t try to pet them. Lol. The scenery is beautiful. The cast does a great job of educating you on things of historical value. Make sure you have your walking shoes, sunblock and water. It is Florida and shade isn’t as prevalent in some parts of the grounds.
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denizdfaz
St. Augustine, Florida
"Feel younger already!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
We came by Red train, saw all the peacocks, drank the water and saw the planetarium. Lots of folks in costumes milling about for questions, info and crafts.
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Jeffrey D
Marion, United States
"Great Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
This privately owned attraction is very nice. A lot of good information and area to walk around in. All of the little stops in the park are manned and interesting. Worth the while for sure.
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gabys9129
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Gladys taught us so much!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
This is a beautiful place with so much history and it has so much more to offer than the Fountain of Youth! The water tastes like farts, but you must drink it. Gladys answered all of our questions and she recommended we visit the planetarium which was super cool, not just because of the presentation but also because it has AC! It provided a nice cool break in between walking around the premises. Also, lots of cool peacocks walking around! A place that must be visited!
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melendz
"Historical Site"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
This is a site originally visited by Ponce de Leon and eventually became the first European settlement in the continental United States. You'll learn about the history of the Spanish explorers that visited the area and even drink from the same spring where Ponce de Leon once drank. Another must visit in St. Augustine, FL.
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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.