Radioactive Fountain of Youth.

Radioactive Fountain of Youth

Field review by the editors.

Punta Gorda, Florida

In its heyday in the 1920s, the Fountain of Youth in Punta Gorda -- which resembles a public drinking fountain -- was so popular that its tap handle wore out every six months. But in the early 1980s, when the EPA began testing public water sources for radioactivity, it found that the Fountain's water was contaminated with almost double the amount that was considered safe.

Punta Gorda talked about shutting off the Fountain, but youth-crazed locals have successfully blocked that effort ever since.

In addition to the Fountain's anti-aging and radioactive properties, its water is also is high in magnesium, which is good, and sulphur, which makes it smell like rotten eggs. If that hasn't stopped people from drinking it, a little radiation certainly won't.

Also see: Water: Wonder Temples and Miracle Springs

Radioactive Fountain of Youth

Address:
Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL
Directions:
Downtown, near the river, on the east side of Taylor St. just north of its intersection with W. Marion Ave. Look for the three-foot-tall pedestal faced with green tiles, with a spigot on the side.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car CityRick Treworgy's Muscle Car City, Punta Gorda, FL - 3 mi.
"First White Man Dies In America" Marker, Punta Gorda, FL - 3 mi.
Grave Shaped Like BoatGrave Shaped Like Boat, Englewood, FL - 19 mi.
In the region:
Abrazo: Man Hugs Beach, Boca Grande, FL - 18 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Florida

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Florida.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

September 21, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Florida Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

As We Are: The Ultimate Selfie Machine, Columbus, Ohio (Sep 18-24, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Punta Gorda, Florida

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now