Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Fountain of Youth "Spring"
St. Johns County

Summary of Features
  • Scale—0 magnitude (no longer flows)
  • How Pristine?—Enclosed in building as part of historic attraction area 
  • Swimming—no 
  • Protection—very good 
  • Crowds—in tourist attraction that can sometimes be crowded 
  • Access—excellent 
  • Facilities—excellent 
  • Safety—excellent 
  • Scuba—no 
  • Cost—$6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for youth age 6-12

Directions
11 Magnolia Avenue in St. Augustine; part of the Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth National Archeological Park.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at the following address:
http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The spring site is incorporated into a diorama depicting Spanish explorers meeting with Native Americans in St. Augustine in 1513.  A springhouse is built around the site from coquina in a Spanish mission style.  A framed description of the spring house in the gift shop notes that the springhouse "houses Ponce de Leon's famous spring of eternal hope."  The spring does not flow; the flow apparently ceased following a geological event in the 19th century.  The flow point is now surrounded by a small shaft, serves as a well, and still contains water.    The well is a cylindrical tabby-lined shaft in the floor with a low pipe-fence enclosure around it to keep people from falling into it.  The diorama is immediately behind the well, depicting the Indian village of Seloy, the historic landing site of Ponce de Leon.  An adjacent sign says the following:
 


T H E   F O U N T A I N   O F   Y O U T H
 ________________

THIS SPRING WAS DISCOVERED IN 1513
AND WAS RECORDED A LANDMARK IN A
SPANISH GRANT

Use/Access

Local Springiana Nearby Springs Other Nearby Natural Features
Ravine State Gardens
Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area
Anastasia State Recreation Area
Guana River State Park
Gold Head Branch State Park
Anastasia State Recreation Area
Faver-Dykes State Park
Ocala National Forest

For more information:
Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth National Archeological Park
11 Magnolia Avenue
St. Augustine, FL  32084
904-829-3168