This weekend we went to the Fountain of Youth park attraction in St Augustine. We've lived here 8 years, but had not stopped in just yet. Since we're county residents, we get to go for FREE. If it's free, it's for me. It's on 15 acres of prime Bayfront property. We had not heard anything about it prior to going, other than I thought they provide water samples from the original underground spring, which is correct.
The water has a bit of a sulphur smell/taste and the worker in that room said lots of area residents come to drink the water for it's high mineral content and sulphur is supposed to help joints/arthritis. Unfortunately, the sample cup wasn't enough to turn back the clock on aging, cure all ailments or do much of anything, but it didn't taste too bad.
There are great views of the Matanzas Bay of St Augustine and the surrounding area from this location. In addition they have several peacocks that you can feed peanuts. We also managed to find a cat in the woods, but that's nothing new, we see cats everywhere we go. They must know we love cats.
At any rate, it was pretty much what we expected. Decent way to pass the time for a few hours and definitely worth it for being free. Afterward, we went to dinner at La Pentola, another place we've been meaning to go but hadn't made it to yet and I had blackened (seasoned) chicken in a spicy marinara sauce with penne pasta and it was soooooo good! The spicy sauce made the whole meal. Salivating just thinking about it. I will definitely have to return there to have that again. The wifey had the pecan crusted flounder special in a Chardonnay sauce and she enjoyed it as well.
Check out some pictures below....
|View of the grounds upon entering|
|Matanzas Bay Cross|
|View towards the Bridge of Lions|
|Spot where they fire the canon|
|View of bridge over to Vilano Beach|
|Ponce De Leon statue|
|Yep, it's a peacock|
|You can feed them peanuts|
|Two of them nibbling on some peanuts|
|Entrance to La Pentola|
|We ate outside on the patio, this pic is from the website, there were other people there|