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St. Augustine Not Just A Youthful Retreat

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The state that's said to house the Fountain of Youth is celebrating its old age this year. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Florida is bringing out the big guns for a bang up birthday party this year. Five-hundred years ago, Ponce de Leon spotted "La Florida" and the rest, they say, is history.

As part of the statewide "Viva 500" celebration, a new boardwalk gives visitors a look at the beach where the Spanish Explorer is believed to have first set foot, 17 miles north of St. Augustine.

While some say that location is debatable, so is another one of his claims to fame -- the Fountain of Youth -- but I recently gave it a go.

With an aging population, some Floridians have their own remedies for beating the clock.

"Stay active," says one Florida resident.

"Eat plenty of hot sauce," says another Florida resident.

The Fountain of Youth is just one of the highlights of a trip to St. Augustine, which is celebrating its 450th in 2015.

"St. Augustine is the oldest continually populated city in America. Menendez came here in 1565 and built forts around here," says Bob Garvey, an historical reenactor.

Some of the family friendly sites include the Pirate and Treasure museum and the Colonial Quarter, a new Living History museum.

Another way to stay young in the nation's oldest city is by climbing the 219 steps to the top of the historic lighthouse.

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