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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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Great little historical park. Not sure what other reviewers expected to see, but we enjoyed it. It's large dog friendly, which is a plus. We went to see the cannon fire demonstration, then were allowed to exist the park and return with our dogs. Sure, the fountain of youth is actually only displayed as a literal fountain with plastic cups... More

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West Central Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I appreciate the effort to be true to history--but this is anything but a "fountain"--a spigot in a hole provides you the opportunity to taste some pretty nasty water. The sulfur taste stayed with me for longer than I would have liked. However, the remainder of the park does provide a nice perspective on the actual original settlement. Don't miss... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This place is a ripoff. I enjoy history and well done information however, this place needs an update (60 years past due.) One could do without the hype, the high prices and lack of historical information. Sad, when the most astounding artifacts & information has been found on their property. It is privately owned and as such is not bound... More

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Bolivia, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The ambiance is set with period music and costumed guides. The park is self guided, but the guides are available throughout the park for questions and demonstrations. Be sure to drink from the fountain while you are there. The peacocks walking through the park are a nice touch. Although the park is nice, it seems that there could be quite... More

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Reno, Nevada
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148 reviews 148 reviews
54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I had no idea we would run into the fountain of youth. The guides at the park truly loved their jobs and made sure we enjoyed ourselves. This is a must stop for the history of St Augustine. We thought we would probably spend a few minutes here, but we ended up staying hours.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I guess it was worth going to to say I have been and drank from the fountain. It was honestly kinda of boring and I felt a bit over priced. They fire a Canon regularly and demonstrate some weapons of the time period, that was a bit interesting. They also have peacocks you can buy food for and feed. We... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We really enjoyed walking around the grounds and watching the Peacocks and other wildlife. It was so cool drinking out of the fountain and seeing how youthful it made us feel...lol, One highlight was the cannon and the musket firings, you do not want to miss those.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

I guess some people expect the fountain of youth to be a huge waterfall or something... just by going off the bad reviews.. but it obviously won't be a waterfall. And the water isn't that great by all means... simply because it's not filtered. You can taste the minerals. Pretty ignorant to think it would taste like cold fountain water... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Yes, as most of the attraction's in St Augustine are tourist traps this one may or may not depending on your opinion. It doesn't cost a lot of money to see a bit of history "true or not". They spent a lot of time and money since last summer updating the park with information signs and more lighting. There's a... More

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Owingsville, Kentucky
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a great stop for the family and pets as well We really enjoyed the history and cannon firing as well as the gun firing.

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