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Fountain of Youth, Saint Augustine: 5 reviews and 14 photos

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The Fountain of Youth is just outside the Old Town off of San Marco Boulevard. Supposedly this is the same spring that was discovered by Ponce de Leon in the 16th Century when he landed in the area. Of course, the Native Americans had known about and used it for hundreds of years prior to this. The Native Americans believed the water from the spring to have magical properties and offered to share it with Ponce de Leon and his crew.

Today people come to the Fountain of Youth more as a curiosity. The spring itself is housed in a small building with a life-size diorama of Ponce and the Natives sipping water from it. The original cross that Ponce de Leon laid down next to it when he claimed it for Spain is still there. Everyone gets a cup of the water to try. It tastes pretty bad. I'm not sure if this is because of its high sulfur content or because they treat it with chemicals to make it safe to drink.

Several tours are offered of the Fountain's grounds, which are quite pretty and overlook the sea. For the most part, though, this attraction is kind of hokey, which is OK as long as you know that in advance.

Free parking; $7 admission charge.

Address: 11 Magnolia Ave. St. Augustine
Directions: go north on A1A and turn right
Phone: 904 829 3168

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 11, 2007
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