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.

Description

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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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390ginag
"Awesome experience!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2020 NEW
This place is amazing and the history behind is outstanding. The exhibition are very well done. My fave was the canon; yes, it’s loud but still a kickass experience. I highly recommend!
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Beachbum932
Lebanon, Virginia
"Feeling younger already "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2020 NEW
This place has educational historical facts mixed with fun interactive parts. We loved that the kids learned some history first hand by seeing it. Our favorite parts were the cannon firing demonstration and the planetarium. I did think some parts needed attention the landscaping is areas was run down and fountain building could use a bit of a revamp.
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Kmlindy
"More than just the fountain "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2020 NEW
Mainly went to see the Fountain of Youth, but there is much to see. An ancient Indian burial ground where many skeletons have been found, an example of the village, rifle & cannon demonstrations and more. If you enjoy history, you will like this place.
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Ann V
"Good"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2020 NEW
It was amazing place the only situation it was that the guy couldn’t take a picture of me of my hubby due to COVID 19 he can’t touch my phone - but other than that it was good - actually was very informative
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BobbyLe
Cape Coral, Florida
"First trip to Downtown St. Augustine and Fountain of Youth was the best"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2020 NEW
Best thing to do in St. Augustine, very interactive mostly outdoor fun. The re-enacters are great and very informative, this was our first time visiting downtown St. Augustine and this was the best fun for the whole family.
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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.