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De Leon Springs State Park

#1,157 of 4,999 things to do in Florida
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Address: FL 32130
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+1 386-985-4212
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Swim or tube in the refreshing 72-degree spring-fed pool, Ponce De Leon's...

Swim or tube in the refreshing 72-degree spring-fed pool, Ponce De Leon's fabled Fountain of Youth, just a few steps away from the Griddle House. Walk the nature trail or explore the winding, swamp-edging Wild Persimmon hiking trail. Enjoy pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House.

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NATURE, HISTORY, BEAUTY

We went on the Pontoon ride which was very reasonable at $14/person, saw gators and manatees, along w/ many bird and plant species. So serene and beautiful on the water. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shannon Q
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Lexington, Kentucky

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Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the Pontoon ride which was very reasonable at $14/person, saw gators and manatees, along w/ many bird and plant species. So serene and beautiful on the water. Very interesting history and little museum. Sugar Mill restaurant was superb also!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we go to the gate the lady wouldn't speak at all. When we bought the tickets for the tour she was rude. The tour guide was a smart *ss to everybody. It was cool to see all of the gators for us and the kids but there was no history lesson. Just wish they had more to offer.

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Thank Jonathan J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice to see some real America away from the thee parks . We swam in the spring which was very cold but worth it. We enjoyed cooking our own pancakes at the mill and had plenty of choice and food.There was a boat ride you could do and hiring of . A great place for all the family .

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Thank Denise H
Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

While visiting friends in Florida, they said we have to take you to a great place. The place was De Leon Spring State Park. State Park rates apply for entry. You can eat, swim, walk, picnic, canoe, etc. There is something for everyone. The Old Sugar Mill restaurant is a wonderful place for breakfast. They have all you can eat... More 

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Thank myjd65
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The de Leon State Park is a place with many attractions! Tour the undisturbed backlands and see gators, birds, and maybe manatees. Heron, ibis, egrets abound, and the alligators are pretty numerous as well. Before taking the boat ride register with the Sugar Mill for your table, where you make your own pancakes with the batter and toppings provided. Top... More 

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1 Thank Elaine9501
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

DeLeon Springs State Park is a favorite meeting place for our friends who come to Florida for business & don't want to spend all their time in Orlando. It's about an hour from St Augustine & an hour from Orlando. State park rates apply for entry. I recommend paying extra to take the sight seeing cruise run & narrated by... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Love having breakfast at the Old Mill. Cook your own pancakes on a griddle. Very busy on weekends. Swimming area is wheelchair accessible. Lovely Park. Going kayaking there in a few weeks.. You can also go on a tour boat (never did that).

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

This beautiful state park gem is well worth the drive. Swimming is readily available and is family friendly with equipment for someone who has special needs. Want to go back and experience the echo tour. Saw manatees out in the water and went over to the dock where all the paddle boats are tied and my daughter actually got to... More 

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Three Rivers
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is one of my favorite spots, with great walking trails, a museum, and a nice fountain of youth where you can swim. But the best part is the restaurant, where you make your own pancakes at your table. I had 7 (yes, that's pretty surprising if you saw me...I'm not a big person, but they are sooooo good). There... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

What a great find. Took a glass bottom boat ride . Very interesting . Lot of walking trails and places to sit and watch some wildlife . . Did not eat there we though 10 dollors for a small burger was a bit much. I would lovemto do the boatmride again..

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