Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Saint Augustine

Categories: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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See the possible landing site of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon at Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St. Augustine is mainland America's earliest European settlement, and the park claims to be home to the spring from de Leon's account of his landfall in 1513. Though the fountain's magic has been questioned, you'll find the park has faithfully replicated and preserved early Spanish colonial and Native American buildings, including watch towers, houses, and burial sites. Learn about the active digs and excavations at the park, and get a glimpse of early U.S. colonial history, which spans 6 hectares (15 acres). Don't miss the displays covering the 2,000-year history of the local Timucua Indians. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Saint Augustine holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I have come to this historic site since my childhood. athis time I was surprised by how much progress they had made in the restoration. They have a cute gift shop too. 
  • As kids, this might have been a tourist trap, but no more. G et a great dose of history and interactive displays (who doesn't love to see a cannon go off?) Well worth the visit 
  • I fed peacocks, pigeons, and squirrels for about an hour. They were very tame and I really enjoyed it. The cannons were awesome. It was eye opening to see some of what the colonists had to deal with. 
  • It is a neat novelty to drink from the Fountain of Youth, but's not the same that I remember as a child. They changed how they serve the water. It's now in a building that has a display, then you take a cup and reach into this area with water that is covered by a grate. A few of the main exhibits were closed which was disappointing. The planetarium's movie is blurry and not very bright. The exit sign was glaring... which I know they have to have. We did see them fire an old gun and cannon which was interesting. The peacocks were fun to feed peanuts too, but otherwise this is overpriced and not really worth the price.
  • One of the original Florida tourist attractions. An old timer blast from the past. Bring grandma and grandpa, it will be a time travel for them. The planetarium is an antique contraption you are not likely to see anywhere else. Drink from the Fountain of Youth and feel energized for another century. Fun!
  • Lots of beautiful birds just roaming free. The cannon show is very cool. The planetarium could have been shorter or more exciting. Lots of cool things to see.
  • Not your typical Theme park. This is a great place to walk around a relax. The park is home to about 50 beautiful peacocks. They have a few historical exhibits and even a planetarium. Great place to go if you're on vacation.
  • Very cool to learn about the first settlers and how they interacted with the Indians. Very cool shows and demonstrations as well. They shoot an old school fun and have forts and examples of old school civilization and how they lived. Not to mention you get to drink from the fountain of youth.
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