The exact spot where Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, took possession of the \"New World\" in the name of ... More
Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth
The exact spot where Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, took possession of the \"New World\" in the name of the King of Spain, this archaeological park contains exhibits which focus on the foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Sites such as the Landmark Spring, the Explorers Globe, and the Navigators' Planetarium are on site.
I would recommend this for visitors looking to learn more about the native americans that inhabited this area in the past. The "fountain of youth" itself was kinda cheesy and the water was horrible! but it was interesting to see all the native american displays and information. They had an actual native american (cherokee) person demonstrating a "sling" that slings a rock hundreds of yards. The kids loved this part. There were many Peacocks there as well that we could hear from very far away!
When we walked in we really wern't sure where we were supposed to go after the lady handed us a cup of water and walked away. We found our way out and walked around. The ground was not stroller friendly, it was very hard, almost impossible, to push a stroller through there. There are no clear directions are where you are supposed to go so you just kind of wander. If you don't make it to the planetaruim in time to get a seat then you will have to wait awhile before you get to see the next show. It's a very historic place and fun to see what Ponce DeLeon saw when he landed. My husband and I got really frustrated with this place though and just left.
My family loved the atmosphere, the scenery is beautiful, with tame squirrels and peacocks to feed. The heat there in July was surprisingly bearable, as there was a lot of shade. I recommend a visit if you love history, and enjoy new experiences. The souvenier shop was awesome - nearly everything was affordable, and the ladies that operate it were lovely. I'm definitely visiting again.
Honestly, After reading reviews and talking to friends, I expected this to be extremely hokey. But we were very entertained and interested in everything this park had to offer.
Our tour started off in the Planetarium, which is a very small planetarium with a presentation on how early explorers like Columbus and de Leon used the stars to navigate across the Atlantic.
We found out that the planetarium's projector is about to be replaced which is a shame, its the original projector and is hand operated by the host as opposed to a modern computer operated machine. I think a lot of the charm will be lost when this projector is put to rest.
Yes the spring itself is no longer there due to falling water tables, but its the water, not the spring, that you come for. Its true natural spring water, brought up now by a pump and filtered for safety. But its still good spring water.
We learned a lot of history, saw many neat exhibits but had to leave early because a strong storm brewed up and there was really nowhere to get out of the weather.
This park was wonderful, wonderful history to learn, and breathtaking exhibits. The 15 acres of land and the wild birds are wonderful. The navigation exibit is a must. We return and can't wait to go back. Also you get to drink water from the actual Fountain of Youth. Wonderful, wonderful, visit.
This historically rich area is a must see because there is many historical points within the site, also there is many interesting exhibits on the site such as a indian burial ground with the skeletons still there, you can also try the water from the actual fountain of youth, and another neat thing is there are peacocks and squirrels that eat right out of your hand which makes a great pic
I really liked this place. My husband and I visited here on our vacation and learned tons of history. The planetarium was especially good. I don't think this place needs any upgrades contrary to other reviews. That's what makes this place so appealing. You can stroll through and almost feel as if you had stepped back in time.
Well you might meet a Pirite or even an Indian while you walk the Beautiful grounds. You walk with Peacocks & other small animals. See how our for FATHERS maped out their way with the Stars.Drink from the well, you just might leave a little younger than you were when you arrived. The price is reasonable and it's a great place for kids. They even allow you to bring you dog... They are pet freindly.
It is true that some upgrades would help this place out. This is especially so for the planetarium show. The staff were all very friendly and enthusiastic. We were one of the first tours of the day, so I guess enthusiasm wanes as the day goes on. Definitely stop here if for history than nothing else.
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