Visiting St. Augustine, Florida is always a treat and especially if you love learning while you travel. This historic city has lots of offer and one of my favorite places to see is St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth which is an Archaeological Park and the original site of St. Augustine. Visitors can learn about Spanish explorers who risked everything to journey to the New World and how the Spanish arrived in 1565 and established the first and oldest settlement. Learn the history of Ponce de Leon’s search and his Spanish claim for Florida in 1513. Drink from the legendary Fountain of Youth spring that has flowed under this site for as long as anyone can remember. Explore the Timucuan native Indian village that natives inhabited for almost 3000 years. Gather in the Village of Seloy to experience how Timucuas lived, hunted, ate and thrived. Hear the stories of long ago and connect past to present. See the stars at the planetarium where stars appear as they did in 1513 and journey under the historic night sky. Imagine a two story high glowing globe that traces the routes of Spanish exploration in the New World. How did Explorers find their way across the ocean so long ago? Imagine a time long ago when Pedro Menendez built his first fort right here. Think about Native Timucua Indians shaping pottery on this very same spot. Archaeology helps us to rebuild the past. Visit the first Christian Indian burials in North America with Mission Period interments or see the Timucua Indian hut foundations and relics. There is archaeological evidence that Pedro Menendez’s colony occupied the site after landing in 1565.
The Fountain of Youth Park has been the site of many exciting archaeological discoveries of national historic importance. New archaeological excavations are intermittently underway with funding provided by the State of Florida, the Fountain of Youth, and Flagler College. The project, directed by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, renowned Florida archaeologist from the University of Florida, is in search for the foundation of the first wooden fort built by the Spanish and the first Catholic mission constructed on the site.
St. Augustine is known as the city of Bed and Breakfast Inns. What a great way to end the day and enjoy all the great restaurants inside the old city where you can walk and enjoy shopping or the night life. St. George Street is known for it’s great shops. I have spent many days enjoying the shopping. Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns offers over 12 Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from. They are each unique and inviting. Plan your next visit to St. Augustine with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn. The Innkeepers are your own personal concierge for helping you plan your trip.