The idea of a Fountain of Youth has been around since the dawn of time, but does it really exist?
Will the Real Fountain of Youth Please Stand Up?
Well, there have been many accounts told of Fountains of Youth in different locations, but Florida’s own St. Augustine (oldest city in the U.S.) claims to have the Fountain of Youth. They even have the Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth Archeological Park.
According to historians, and/or creative writers, explorer Ponce De Leon discovered the youth-restoring fountain when he found Florida (or, what is now Florida) in 1513…. and then City of St. Augustine cleverly found a way to make money on it by creating a tourist attraction, disguised as an archaeological park. You can even get married there.
But, why pay to visit the ‘so-called’ Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine when we have our very own real Fountain of Youth in Ruskin.
No, I am not kidding. Stop laughing.
Okay, it may not be a fancy fountain like the one in St. Augustine. It’s a tad more rustic. In fact, it’s not really a fountain. It’s more of a faucet next to the boat ramp in Commongood Park on 2nd Street in Ruskin, but legend has it the mineral springs in the area give the water magical properties that make you young again.
IS IT REAL? DOES IT WORK?
All kidding aside. Ruskin’s Fountain of Youth is a real place. You can read about it the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Another Day in Paradise. Things to do in and around Sun City Center’ publication. Heck, I even found it on Google, and if it’s on the internet it’s true, right?
To get there go to 121 NW Second Street in Ruskin. Turn into Commongood Park. Look for the faucet next to the boat ramp.
Oh, and don’t forget your empty water bottle!