Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

#6 in Best Things To Do in St. Augustine
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11 Magnolia Ave.

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Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the site of St. Augustine's original settlement. The Fountain of Youth, a mythical spring believed to have anti-aging properties, can be found in the park, as well as a planetarium, a blacksmith shop and a replica Timucua village. On the park's grounds, visitors will find several white and blue peacocks (nearly 30 reside within the park).

Though some travelers found the attraction to be lackluster and not worth the entrance fee, most said it's an important archeological site worth checking out. Must-do components of the park include drinking from the Fountain of Youth and watching a cannon firing demonstration. Keep in mind that this spring has sulfur water, which exudes a rotten egg odor.

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park sits more than a mile north of the historic downtown area of St. Augustine, so you'll need to drive or take the trolley to get to the site. Free parking is provided on-site, and the trolley's No. 23 stop drops off and picks up visitors at the attraction's entrance. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but keep in mind that same-day tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. Adult tickets cost $15 at the ticket window or $14 online, and discounts are available for seniors and children 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger can enter the attraction for free. All tickets include access to the property's exhibits and demonstrations, restrooms, cafe and gift shop. Check out Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park's website to learn more about the attraction's fees, exhibits and events.

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Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end of the street, visitors can explore boutiques like Sunburst Crystal and Tillie's Bath Cottage, as well as historic sites like the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden School House. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum are within walking distance; as you travel south, you'll see additional shops and cafes, plus art galleries and the Colonial Quarter.

Visitors in search of Southern charm will appreciate St. George Street. According to past travelers, you'll find unique shops and some of the best ice cream in the area. The area is also a great spot to stop in some shops to pick up souvenirs.

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