Fountain of Youth

Step back in time to a 1500s Spanish colony and Timicuan village, and drink from the Fountain of Youth at this educational and engaging attraction!

North of Mission Nombre de Dios
11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, 32084
(904) 829-3168

Hours of Operation

Come In, We're Open! Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is a 15-acre, waterfront historical attraction. Here you can visit multiple sites such as the Planetarium, the Native Timucua Village, and the two-story Discovery Globe mapping all the Spanish routes. Guests are invited to stroll through the waterfront property where peacocks roam, and drink from the legendary Fountain of Youth waters, all the while learning about our nation's oldest city St. Augustine! There is free parking and the park is pet-friendly.

    The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park offers guests a chance to observe the first Spanish settlement in the new world. Founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, the Fountain of Youth is on the site of the first and oldest continuous European settlement in North America. Long before the Spanish came to 'la Florida' the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy was established for nearly 3,000 years. Then in 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon claimed Florida for the Spanish crown, and no other colonies were successful until Menendez came in 1565.

    The large grounds of the Fountain of Youth attraction make a great space for family gatherings, weddings or other special occasions. The beautiful waterfront location offers views of the bayfront and St. Augustine Inlet. No matter what your visit to the nation's oldest city includes, the historical Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a one-of-a-kind site.

    Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located just north of the Mission Nombre de Dios, and just south of the Vilano Bridge.

  • Reviews

    5

    The park is beautiful. Enjoyed the planetarium, the musket shoot and the cannon firering. Learned alot. However, the exhibit that made our day was the Timucuan People exhibit. The presenter was James. James was awesome, very very informative. I was there with my oldest daughter. Wish my whole family was there.

    4

    The Fountain of Youth is about the History of the area. There are several exhibits with signs and wording to explain the area and especially the influence of the Indians.The staff is dressed as they might have been back in the day and tell stories of the period they are representing. The planetarium offers a short program explaining how the Spanish got there and the grounds are lovely. Not much here for small children, but great for adults that have some time to leisurely walk around, read and enjoy!

    3

    But I don't mean to the discovery of the area. There's something very dated about this attraction. Yet, that is part of the charm. If visiting tourist locations (i won't call it a trap) is your thing, by all means stop. The grounds are beautiful with the free roaming peacocks...have your cameras ready!

    5

    I just visited and loved it. It is for the historical and nature minded not the tech.minded. I loved it because it was old school. Also unlike most venues this days they did not try to gouge your pocketbook like trying to charge for parking or 4 dollar cokes. They also honor the military active duty as well as retired veterans and I deeply appreciate that. Very pleasant afternoon.

    5

    The Park is big and there are a bunch of exhibits. Our favorite was the cannon firing! The water was...interesting.

    5

    My husband and i loved it. After all the history we read in school about it to be there was amazeing. Are favorite part was the fountain, just to think we were where it all started. It makes you feel as if you have stepped into history.

    3

    Enjoyable visit. Was a hot day, and the thought of a cool cup of water seemed like a good thing...well it wasn't. The site, the history, the things to see and do were entertaining.....except for the water, which I drank down, The aftertaste was unplesant. Aii in all, certainly worth the experience.

    5

    Yes...real dirt here. Sulphur water. Real Florida and rich history. Anyone wanting a disney ...gag...ride; keep driving.

    5

    If you love history you will love it.... Just the thought of going back to the past it was an awesome experience.

    4

    No, there's not a whole lot here, but we got to hear about a lot of history, which normally bores me, however, this little tidbit was presented well. The man at the 'fountain' told us some history of the water. According to him, it will bring youth and magic if you believe. Now, isn't that better than Disney? We saw a cannon fired by a gentleman in period clothing who knew all about the fighting in that area, and we watched the short 'globe' program to learn about DeLeon's voyage. Yes, it was a bit cheesy, but the area was beautiful, and I enjoyed the energy of the place. You want non-stop action, go visit the Mouse.

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