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

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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, St. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    I remember learning about the fountain of youth and Ponce Deleon when I was a child. It was great being able to see the park and learn some factual things instead of the anecdotal things I was taught ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I'd never been to the Fountain of Youth before and was pleasantly surprised by the number of exhibits and displays in the park. All the guides were friendly and more than willing to answer questions.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    If you're going to visit St. Augustine you must visit the Fountain of Youth. You'll encounter everything from a real blacksmith to cannon demonstrations. There are beautiful peacocks there that you ca...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Pretty fun place. It was kind of small, but interesting. The one show I went to (don't know the name, sorry!) that taught about how they used the stars as navigation was pretty cool. The peacocks are beautiful, and fun to feed, but make sure to be careful, the Pigeons will "attack" you if you have your hand open and it's full of food. The Fountain itself had really gross smelling water, and it tasted disgusting, don't know how I swallowed it lol
  • June 11, 2017
    We used the Fountain of Youth for our wedding ceremony venue. We picked a spot by the water but it happened to be low tide so the background looked like a mud flat. That didn't really bother us though it was still pretty and nobody was paying attention to that. The only thing that really upset me was if you rent the bridal room they don't give you a key. You have to hunt someone down to have them lock and unlock the room and you don't want to leave the room unlocked with all of your stuff in there (dress/rings/boquets/etc.) while you're out decorating, trust me. While we were decorating by the water some park visitor decided to go in there and use it as a changing room for their baby and got baby s**t on the couch. I'm glad my mom noticed it before I sat down in my white dress!
  • June 6, 2017
    This is a great place if you would like to learn a bit of the history of the area. The entry fee was a bit steep at $15 per adult. The cannon and blacksmithing demonstrations were really interesting.
  • June 15, 2017
    Please don't drink the water. It made me sick. But love this place. So glad we stopped.
  • April 15, 2017
    Super interesting place! You could spend half a day here learning all about the interesting places and events that happened around St. Augustine. Be sure to try the water from the fountain of youth. Great place!

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