Visit The Original 1565 Site of St. Augustine
We invite you to visit us for a fascinating, informative, entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation's oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, historic St. Augustine is the oldest successful European settlement in the United States. Colonial America started right HERE, 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, our 15 waterfront acres will provide you with hours of enjoyment.
Founder's Day Celebration – September 6
See history come alive! Beginning at 1:00pm, there will be a Grand Procession of fully dressed historical reenactors up Magnolia street to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Upon entering the grounds, the Grand Procession will march around the Park perimeter and settle into their traditional Spanish encampment under the oaks by the waterfront. There will be a traditional 16th Century Spanish Thanksgiving Feast complete with an historically accurate show kitchen. This celebration will last most of the afternoon. Standard Park Admission rates apply.
Come Celebrate our 449th Birthday!
First Annual Founders Day Taste Fest – September 6
Beginning at Noon, our Events Pavilion will come alive with a wide range of flavors from some of the area's finest restaurants, like the Kingfish Grill, Juniper Market, and the Five Flags Cafe! Come sample dishes for sale ranging from traditional sixteenth century fare on up to today's flavors! Beer and wine will be available. Standard Park Admission rates apply.
Eat Like Pedro Menendez Ate.
Enjoy this video tour of the eastern end of the Park in the late afternoon. This tour highlights our new Spanish Watchtower, the Menendez 1565 Settlement Field, our 600 foot Founders Riverwalk, and the serene beauty of the Park. But that's only scratching the surface! Whether you take a historical tour while on your vacation to St. Augustine, or you choose the Park to host your wedding day, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the perfect place to visit.
New Exhibits, a Perfect Wedding Venue and Other Park Must-Sees
Our new 3,000 square foot pavilion is perfect for weddings and other events! Whether you have 50 or 300 guests, this new venue is sure to please...[+]
We have reconstructed the First Mission Church of Nombre de Dios, which was built in 1587 here at the Park. Come see the beautiful cypress mission... [+]
We have added historically-correct examples of Timucuan structures that are fully-realized inside and out... [+]