In 1513, the first governor of Florida, and supposed hunter of the Fountain of Youth, Juan Ponce de Leon, came ashore close to a small village on the coast of what is now St. Augustine to resupply his small fleet of vessels; the Santiago, San Cristobal and Santa Maria (yes, that Santa Maria.) It was be 52 years before the next Spanish explorer came ashore, however, this time for good.
In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city now known as St. Augustine close to the location where de Leon had first landed. This small protected harbor is now home to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where, in addition to sampling the water, guests can learn about the original Timucuan inhabitants, as well as life in colonial times.
Did you know that Colonial America started here in Florida, 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, their 15 waterfront acres will provide you with hours of enjoyment.