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“Living History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
11 Magnolia Ave., Saint Augustine, FL 32084
800-356-8222
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St Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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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 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!
Athens, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Living History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this place, although it is showing it's age a little bit...no pun intended. The grounds are very well-kept. The living history area was fun. The Timucuan Indian Village has re-enactors willing to talk your ear off and show you how to do all kinds of neat things like shoot an arrow or throw a spear using a sling club. There's Maritime group building a boat and a boat builders' house, a replica of a Spanish Outpost complete with re-enactors who shoot guns and canon. There are some sit down things like the planetarium and the Globe show, but we didn't do those as we hit the times wrong. There is a Spring House with water from "The Fountain of Youth"...actually comes from the same aquifer that fills my well at home...a little more sulfur like most of Florida so don't knock one back...sip. The best part, though, was the PEACOCKS! They were so tame from schmoozing for all the peanuts people buy to feed them. Bring your camera or make sure the cell phone is charged up. Great gift shop, too. A good place to take the kids or the young at heart. Get one of those tourist books and use the coupons offered in them. A buck is a buck!

Visited December 2013
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Have Visited Three Times in the Past Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

And each visit was different and interesting. First the park is beautiful with gardens and tropical birds. Many wonderful exhibits including the fountain, a planetarium, and an Indian village. Well worth the cost!

Visited December 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not my Favorite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Not my favorite attraction. All of the structures are obviously rebuilt, they could have at least tried to make the wood look aged. Drinking from the fountain was a cool thing to be able to say we did. The weapons demonstration was great, the guys demonstrating the weapons did a nice job of explaining the history and how the weapons were used and maintained. My biggest complaint is how they time out their events. They have 4 interesting things you can do. The weapons demo is at the top of the hour, the planetarium is 15 minutes after the hour, another is 30 after the hour and the final attraction is 45 minutes after the hour. Unfortunately, the weapons demo took 20 minutes so we would have had to wait an additional hour just standing around to do the next event because they don't let anyone come in late. We opted to miss it, but I hear the planetarium is interesting.

Visited December 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“History comes alive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Ever since I was a little girl I have always enjoyed a visit to this historic landmark!! This time we were taking my grandson for his birthday!! The grounds are beautiful and the exhibits well documented and we really enjoyed our time there.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Interesting Facts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had visited this a few years ago and now they've added the firing of a gun and cannon. This was very informative since it was the type of gun used way back then. Also the cannon was loud but pretty cool to watch them load and fire it. Good family educational attraction.

Visited January 2014
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