Fountain of Youth

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11 Magnolia Avenue, Saint Augustine, FL, USA

Fountain of Youth Saint Augustine Reviews

monarch989 monarch9…
19 reviews
Quick stop and a bit of fun. May 30, 2009
fun little place right off I-95. St. Augustine was very nice and I wish I'd had more time. To actually see the fountain of youth, it's $8 or so. You get a tour of a planetarium, get to see a 2 story high globe and drink from the fountain. There was all sorts of wildlife and peacocks everywhere that would eat from your hand. Worth the stop even if you only stay for an hour.
at the front gate before entering …
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in the planetarium at the Fountain…
Ponce de Leon himself
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5 reviews
Aug 28, 2007
The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park is where Ponce de Leon first came ashore on April 3, 1513, to record and landmark the first monument in United States history. It was here that the discovery of North America was founded, on the site of the ancient Indian village of Seloy.

The Fountain of Youth is a 15-acre, historical attraction in Saint Augustine, Florida. When you pass underneath the gated archway, you are literally stepping onto the very property that launched U.S. history. Seloy was the name of the Timucua Village that once roamed and lived on these ancient grounds. The park exhibits native and colonial artifacts to celebrate St. Augustine's Timucuan and Spanish heritage.

The "Fountain" is actually not a fountain at all, but a natural spring. It's still here at the park, bubbling away within The Spring House, the first building that you see when you enter the Fountain of Youth compound.

In 1934 a burial pit of Timucuan skeletons was discovered in within the Fountain of Youth compound. It was proclaimed as the "first Christian Indian burial" and a building was erected over it, sheltering the sunken pit. The building is still here but the skeletons are not; they were reburied in 1991. The native Americans believed the water that flowed from the spring had magical powers and offered to share it with Ponce de Leon and his crew upon their landing.

Today people come to the Fountain of Youth out of curiosity. The spring itself is housed in a small building with a life size diorama of Ponce and the natives sipping water from it. The original cross that Ponce de Leon laid down next to the spring when he claimed it for Spain is still standing there.

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