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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

11 Magnolia Ave., Saint Augustine, FL 32084
800-356-8222
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks, Mysterious Sites
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the 1565 Birthplace of St. Augustine and Colonial European America. Your History Starts here! Drink the legendary waters. See Stars in the... more » Owner description: Explore the 1565 Birthplace of St. Augustine and Colonial European America. Your History Starts here! Drink the legendary waters. See Stars in the Planetarium. Hear a Spanish Cannon roar. Visit the Timucua Indian Village. Learn the Archaeological History of the site. From Timucua Indians living at this site for 4,000 years to Spanish Explorers arriving in 1513 to Smithsonian institute Archaeological Digs starting in 1934, the hisotry is amazing. Guests have been visiting this important site since 1871. Now you can too. Don't miss it! « less
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Middleburg, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed this site. Started out with the Spring House and took a sip of the pure,natural water. Then on to the Navigators Planetarium, I was very impressed with the presentation,really set the stage for the visit. Next up the Discovery Globe, interesting as well. Did get to just about everything from the... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

It has been 4 years since we visited the park. In that time, the park has added a boardwalk into the estuary and a recreation of the Indian village and Spanish settlement. On our last visit, archaeological excavations were in full swing. They appear to be completed. The peacocks were amazing and amusing. I enjoyed the exhibits, especially the spring... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This attraction sits on some of the prettiest real estate you will find in St. Augustine. Nestled on the Marsh overlooking Matanzas Inlet, there are beautiful old oak trees to shelter you from the sweltering summer sun of Fla. The Indian village is small but gives a good replication of how our Native neighbors lived. The cannon firing is a... More

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Port Saint John, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Beautiful landscapes rich with history. Only 12 dollars. Can drink from the fountain of youth (just cool to say you did) there are weapons demonstrations, lots of artifacts from the natives and first Spanish settlement. Lovely way to spend a morning of afternoon.

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Castries, St. Lucia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

With all the hype from adventure books and pirates of the Caribbean, I expected something a little more spectacular than some mannequins and a water cooler like what you can find in any business place carefully hidden among fake rocks. Other than that, the other exhibits were lovely and very informative. The staff were friendly and whoohoo cannons! The grounds... More

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Cape Cod
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We drank from the infamous fountain of youth. You just never know.....The grounds were very nice. We went and saw the plantetarium and enjoyed the talk.

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Hattiesburg, MS
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

First, the beginning of the park was def vintage 50's. No surprise there, I had read and expected it. What did surprise me was the sense of nostalgia both my husband and I had for the Florida vacations from our own childhood memories. So, in short we loved the first few exhibits. Then the beauty of the setting took over.... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here. My three kids enjoyed learning about the days of Ponce de Leon. We also loved the firing of the cannon and musket. Beautiful scenery with the peacocks. This is definitely an attraction for people who enjoy learning something and love the outdoors.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Since this is where it all started, we expected the Fountain of Youth to be packed with more exhibits. Oh well, we were a bit dissappointed. It is quite relaxing and spacious but missing something. The fountain was a cheezy exhibit!! The cannon exhibition was on the hour and very neat but it's over and done with in a minute.... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Okay, so there is no real "fountain" like I was expecting. But don't let that stop you and your family from visiting this beautiful park chuck full of history - and amazingly beautiful peacocks! You are allowed to fill containers with the "water", so bring a few empty water bottles. Whether or not you believe in the powers o the... More

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