Out There: Fountain of Youth

By Grant Rice,
Last Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017, 11:42 AM EDT

Located in the historic city of St. Augustine the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is Florida's oldest attraction with guest books stretching back to 1868. There may be no other single property in Florida that contains such an array of important historical resources for our state's early history.

This is where Colonial America started 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and 42 years before Jamestown! With a long, rich history spanning nearly 500 years, the Fountain of Youth Park will delight and amaze you whether you visit for an hour or take all day.

The park encompasses 15 acres of waterfront property, allowing you plenty of elbow room to explore the grounds and meander through lush gardens as you experience 500 years of history like nowhere else. The park offers the opportunity to experience life from many cultural viewpoints throughout several extensive and hand-on living exhibits staffed by professional reenactors. They even fire a 1500s Spanish canon replica daily and offer basic instruction on the use of the period's firearms like rifles and crossbows.

Don't forget to visit the fountain and wet your whistle, you might even feel a little younger. Be sure to go experience what people have enjoying for over 140 years, you'll be amazed at the history in this park!

The Fountain of Youth Park is located at 11 Magnolia Avenue in St. Augustine.

For more information, visit their website.

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