Cannon firing at the Fountain of Youth.

Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth gives visitors a chance to experience history at this important archaeological site and to drink from the famous springs.

North of Mission Nombre de Dios
11 Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
  • (904) 829-3168
4.955555

Hours of Operation

Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Open from 9 am - 6 pm daily; last tickets sold at 5 pm.

  • The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15-acre, waterfront historical attraction, where visitors can learn about the first Spanish settlers who came here in the 1600s and the native Timucuans who were here to greet them. With a working archaeological dig on site, as well as several re-created Spanish and Timucuan buildings and dwellings, the park is bursting with history.

    It's also just a beautiful spot to relax, enjoy the views over the water from the 600-foot Founders Riverwalk or from the Observation Tower, sample the waters from the natural spring (Ponce de Leon's legendary Fountain of Youth?), and let the kids feed the roaming peacocks.

    The Fountain of Youth offers a variety of shows and living history reenactments designed to entertain and educate visitors -- the Planetarium, the two-story Discovery Globe mapping the routes of the early explorers, the Timucuan Village, and the reconstructed First Mission of Nombre de Dios.

    The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is the site of the first Spanish settlement in the new world. Founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565, this is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America. Long before the Spanish came to La Florida, the Timucuan Indian village was established at this site for nearly 3,000 years. In 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon claimed Florida for the Spanish crown, though no colonies were successful here until Menéndez arrived 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. With its deep sense of history and the natural beauty of the site, the Fountain of Youth is a magical place.

    There is ample free parking at the Fountain of Youth, and the park is known for being pet-friendly. 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

    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!

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    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.

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