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Top 200 Places: St Augustine’s Fountain of Youth

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Fountain of Youth
11 Magnolia Ave.
St Augustine,

Tradition has it that The Fountain of Youth is the exact spot where the Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon landed on April 2, 1513. He met the Timucuan Indians who at the time had an unusally long life span that averaged about 90 years. The Spanish at the time had a much shorter life span average. The water that the Indians drank became known as the “fountain of youth”. Of course, the Indians longer life span could have had something to do with their healthy seafood diet and their active lifestyle. Today this park offers exhibits of early Timucuan Indians and Sixteenth Century Spaniards. At the park you can stroll along the gardens, explore excavations, view exhibits, presentations and a planetarium. In the Spring House, both people and pets can take a sip of the famous “Fountain of Youth” water. A guide will hand out samples of the water in little paper cups. The water has a very strong mineral taste. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome both outside and inside the buildings.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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