Adventurers throughout the centuries have long sought after the Fountain of Youth, notoriously known for providing ever-lasting youth to those brave enough to drink from the fountain.
Little did they know that it’s located in St. Augustine, Florida, about 45 minutes south of Jacksonville!
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a privately owned 15-acre park in St. Augustine, Florida, just a few blocks away from the downtown St. Augustine area. It’s a popular tourist spot for those visiting Florida, as well as Florida-based school trips. I am neither of these types of people, but I, too, seek the promise of ever-lasting youth (just kidding, I just really wanted to see it because of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie).
Since this place is privately owned, it is a little pricey to enter. However, parking is free and tasting from the fountain is included. Also, when you consider how much upkeep a place like this costs, I think that it’s a fair price and worth the cost. Pricing is:
- Adults $17.79
- Child $8.40
- Senior (60+) $15.92
I found this “park” really cool because there’s a lot more to do than just visit the fountain. Of course, when you first enter, the fountain is directly at the front so you can stop there first to get your taste of the notorious “fountain of youth” (spoiler alert, it just tastes like Florida tap water, aka not great).
After getting gaining your own personal ever-lasting youth, you can explore the Planetarium,
Timucuan Burial Ground,
and “Village of Seloy,” a remade version of a Timucuan village. At each location around the park, you can find actors who can give you facts about the time period and answer questions.
Throughout the park, you can find beautiful statues of historical figures and relics of the time.
They also host a live blacksmith presentation, as well as shooting a musket and canon, both from the time period of early settlers. These presentations happen throughout the day and give “fun facts.” They are, however, very loud (especially the canon fire), so I’d advise caution with small kids and babies.
There’s a watchtower that you can climb, as well as a pier that takes you into the surrounding marsh, where you can spot wildlife and nearby view of “The Great Cross.”
Finally, there are peacocks, and you can feed them! The peacocks are so beautiful and surprisingly friendly, and the park lets them free-roam around the park.
I really enjoyed my visit to the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park! Yes, it might be a little cliché but it was fun and I learned a lot. It took me 2-3 hours to explore the entire park, so it’s a fun spot to go if you’re ever planning to visit St. Augustine (or in need of the Fountain…)!
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