You may already know that St. Augustine, FL, is known as the Nation’s Oldest City, but do you know the story behind the name? If you don’t, then you must visit the legendary Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. This historic site holds the stories of our country’s earliest inhabitants and our nation’s eventual founding. Through unique and interactive exhibits, all those who visit enjoy learning about the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. Once you’ve learned all about the oldest attraction in the United States, request access to our free Vacation Guide to continue exploring the cities excellent dining, historic sites, lovely waterfront spots, and much more!
What Attractions are at the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine?
With 15 waterfront acres, cannon firings every hour, air-conditioned exhibits to beat the heat, over 30 beautiful peacocks that you can actually feed, and a café with beer and wine, the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine is ready to inform and amaze you with various captivating exhibits!
The Spring House
Inside this 60-year-old coquina building, you’ll find the legendary Fountain of Youth! The Spring House contains the original spring recorded as a landmark in the seventeenth century by Spanish settlers. The water flowing through the spring contains more than 30 minerals, making it the perfect source of replenishment for Ponce de Leon and his ships when they arrived at the site more than 500 years ago.
These are a few more unique exhibits at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park:
- Timucuan Village
- Timucuan Burials
- Nombre de Dios Mission
- Navigator’s Planetarium
- Founder’s Riverwalk
- Chalupa Boathouse
What Is the History of the Site?
The St. Augustine Fountain of Youth is said to be the oldest attraction in Florida. Dating back to the 1500s, this site is where it all began, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and 42 years before Jamestown! Before the arrival of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, the area that is now known as the Fountain of Youth was an early Native American settlement occupied by the Timucua tribe. In 1565, following Ponce de Leon’s arrival, Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded a European settlement at the site of the Timucua village of Seloy. The new settlement was named The City of St. Augustine, and it marks the original founding of the state of Florida.
With so many reasons to visit the world-famous Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, you must plan a trip sooner rather than later! After you’ve enjoyed everything the legendary site has to offer, head to Agustin Inn and continue your quest for youth and relaxation. We have gorgeous guest rooms, excellent amenities, a delicious daily breakfast, and a convenient location. When you stay with us, you’ll be just a short walk from the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the historic district.
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