Dog-Friendly St. Augustine Florida
Visiting The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park with Dexter The Dog
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Dog-friendly vacations are the best when your dog can participate in tourist attractions. During my stay in the dog-friendly city of St. Augustine, Dexter enjoyed a lot of dog-friendly attractions, restaurants, and tours. I knew Dexter had to visit the world-famous Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
As a dog-mom, I’m very proactive in Dexter’s natural-health-care routine, and when I heard dogs are welcome to drink out of the Fountain of Youth, I knew it was a must see.
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The Fountain of Youth St. Augustine Dog-Friendly Attractions
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is more than just the magical Fountain. It’s actually much more. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the original site of the Nation’s Oldest City and dates back to 1513. Colonial America started right in the park before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.
The Fountain of Youth is the oldest attraction in Florida and is home to 15 waterfront acres full of history. Some of the dog-friendly attractions include the Discovery Globe, blacksmith exhibit, Timucuan burials and village, Nombre de Dios Mision, 1565 Menendez settlement, excavations, Spanish lookout, cannon firing, Founders’ Observation Riverwalk and of course, the Fountain in the Spring House. Not to mention the nearly 30 unforgettable Indian peafowl (peacocks) roaming around.
The exhibits were both indoors and outdoors, which made this dog-friendly attraction a win in our book. The day we visited, it was incredibly hot and humid, so being able to take Dexter inside to enjoy the indoor activities was a real treat and a great way to cool down.
Dexter and I enjoyed not only a cool-down in the planetarium, but we had a great educational experience. We learned how the early Spanish and Portuguese explorers of the 1400s navigated the world using the stars. It was really fascinating to learn how Juan Ponce de Leon used the night sky for navigation and landed at the Fountain of Youth. And the best part? The planetarium transformed to show us how the sky looked way back then!
This was another great dog-friendly indoor attraction. The Discovery Globe illustrated the routes of the early Spanish and Portuguese explorers to and from the New World. The impressive globe is 30 feet high and glows with such brilliance it was awe-inspiring. The show demonstrated the extent of the lands of La Florida and the settlements and cities that they founded.
The Spring House-Fountain of Youth
The highlight of my dog-friendly trip to St. Augustine was definitely having Dexter drink out of Juan Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Eternal Hope. The Fountain is the original spring that was recorded in a seventeenth century Spanish land grant. With signed guest books as far back as 1868. The spring comes directly from the Floridan aquifer, which lies below ground under most of North Florida. The Fountain water contains over 30 minerals.
Is the Fountain of Youth Real?
That’s for you to decide. Dexter certainly seemed to enjoy lapping up the water and even went for seconds. It’s pretty unusual for Dexter to want to drink during day trips, so I think there may be something to the mythical legend.
We spent a few hours visiting the different pet-friendly attractions, exhibits, and gift shop. If we had more time, we could have easily spent the entire day. Located inside the park is Smoked Southern BBQ which cooks only fresh and local sustainable food. If you are traveling with your dog in Florida, The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a must-see.
Before you go, make sure you check out St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau for guides, maps, things to do, and much more.
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