The Fountain of Youth, Totally Real and Totally Awesome

The Fountain of Youth resident peacock photo by Christa Thompson

The Fountain of Youth resident peacock photo by Christa Thompson

Do you remember the story you once heard of a place called the Fountain of Youth? Legend has it that if you drink from its water, you will remain forever young and fabulous. Well, I found it. Get back to me in 20 years and see if I’m forever young. I’m pretty sure I’ll be fabulous.

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” -Everyone’s 6th grade teacher 

Photo by: Christa Thompson

Photo by: Christa Thompson

In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon was the first to explore America and set foot at this very location where the Timucaun village of Seloy thrived for nearly 3,500 years prior to the brutal massacre that wiped out the civilization.

This folks, is ground zero. It is the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Flashback through all of your knowledge of every important American historical site or city and realize, that it all comes down to this place, the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida. It’s kind of a big deal.

Here's to being forever young and fabulous!

Here’s to being forever young and fabulous!

Florida’s oldest attraction, is a pet-friendly (yes I said pet-friendly) archaeological park that covers 15 pristine waterfront acres that will catapult you back in time. It is a compelling learning environment for all ages, complete with lush gardens, live reenactments, guided tours and the hungriest peacocks on earth.

These guys are ready for breakfast!

These guys are ready for breakfast!

Here are some of the park’s features:

  • Drink from Ponce de Leon’s Famous Spring
  • Planetarium
  • Discovery Globe
  • Timucua Burials
  • Timucua Village Experience
  • the first St. Augustine Settlement
  • Chalupa Shipyard
  • Cannon Firings
  • San Agustin Watchtower
  • 1513 Ponce de Leon Landing Memorial
  • Dining and Picnic areas

This was a serene and educational experience for me. I am elated that I have been able to visit a place that is such a huge part of our American History and I am proud that it is part of the Florida culture. I hope to share this with people planning a trip to Florida because it is a must see attraction.

Matanza's Bay Photo by: Christa Thompson

Matanza’s Bay Photo by: Christa Thompson

I would like to note, if you are deciding between the Fountain of Youth and the Colonial Quarter, you would be doing yourself a serious injustice by not seeing both. They are completely different and both are very enriching experiences and together, offer a complete historical teaching of St. Augustine. See my story on the Colonial Quarter here.

As always, your experience, suggestions and questions are enjoyed. Happy fairytale travels!


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

24 Comments on this post

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  2. Reblogged this on My Weekender.

  3. Be warned it doesn’t taste very good

    Christopher De Voss / Reply
  4. Fabulous pics! The one of the peacock, especially, captures it in all its majestic glory.

    Ciara Meehan / Reply
  5. Very cool pictures and information! I am interested, keep me posted…….

    Mark Zannoni / Reply
  6. Stunning Images Christa, looks like a great place, One for the bucket list I think. Thats if I make it past homeland, lol, 🙂

    edmooneyphotography / Reply
  7. It looks absolutely amazing!

    ztevetevans / Reply
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