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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We are currently in Jacksonville with a 11 year old who is receiving proton beam therapy for a brain tumour. We visited the fountain of youth while on a day out at St. Augustines. We found the park to be fantastic - there seems to be so much to do, peacocks walking around, cannon fire and archery displays, exhibits, plenty... More

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Hamilton, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I stopped here while on vacation and we didn't do everything else there we just went to the Fountain and drank the water :) was very interesting and pretty . The peacocks walking around was absolutely beautiful as well . The gift shop had a lot of interesting things and we bought my mother a bottle of... More

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Charlotte, Nc
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a very good place to visit. You may have heard average scores, but everything has been changed recently and it is a wonderful place. Make sure to see the planetarium and exhibit showing the Spanish colonization.

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Riverview, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

1. If all you want to do is take a drink from the fountain - bottled in the gift shop, less than $2. 2. If you want a very nice, gorgeous walk while learning the history of the land, it's a must. It's awesomely priced considering most other tours are pricey. Loved the fact it's self guided. They have staff... More

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Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I wouldn't say it was terrible but not what I was expecting. It's too much money for what it is. Maybe I'd say it was better if it was like $5 or $7 a person. But it's kind of boring. You pay a lot too see water coming out of a pipe. Not what you expect. We did watch some... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is my second visit, although the last time I visited I was only about 11 years old. The grounds are breathtaking, the employees dressed in character are charming and the experience is delightful. There's something a little magical about drinking from *the* fountain of youth, even if it's just for fun (or is it?..). I would definitely visit again,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We enjoyed feeding the peacocks, watching/listening to the cannon, and the planetarium. It's worth the 12 dollar admission fee.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The first stop on the self-guided tour is the fountain itself. There was a very nice gentleman who acted as a historical interpreter and answered questions about it -- but he admitted the historical legitimacy of the fountain and the stone cross next to it was highly suspect. The water tasted like dirty tap water... so I wouldn't recommend drinking... More

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Leesburg, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The park contains a freshwater spring that is claimed to be the freshwater source referred to by Ponce de Leon and who doesn't want to go drink from the Fountain of Youth?! :-) It tastes a little bit like sulfur but it's still pretty cute! In addition to the famed fountain, the park also preserves the site of the original... More

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Bergen Co., New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I took a day trip to St. Augustine from Amelia Island with my wife and 15 & 13 y.o. boys. This was a very interesting, rather unique attraction that melded together (largely successfully) a number of different attractions into one park. This is the site of the original Spanish settlement in 1565-66, but obviously, the main attraction is the Fountain... More

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