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“A Wonderful Un-Disney Experience”

De Leon Spring State Recreation Area
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the eastern side of Lake Woodruff in the National Wildlife Refuge, this park offers outdoor fun, restaurants and picnic areas.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

DeLeon Springs State Park is located in central Florida and should not be missed. Comprised of 600 acres of gorgeous old Florida, there are too many things to do to be written here. Admission to the park is $6 which is nominal for the experience which lies ahead and the value. Gorgeous canopies of very old live oaks welcome you when parking. The foliage is manicured and the park is constantly maintained. Truly beautiful.

There is a large spring pool (constant 72 degrees) fjor swimming, snorkeling and even scuba training. A boat tour is available for a reasonable fee and is highly recommended for a tour of old Florida where all sorts of wildlife may be seen. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental. There is also a small museum on site. Picnic tables, pavillions for larger groups are scattered about the grounds. Hiking trails are maintained and are a fun and easy walk. Also, not to be missed, is the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant (see review).

In summary, DeLeon Springs State Park is not to be missed. If one is tired of the frantic theme park experienc, this laid back park is for you. One can easily spend a full day here and return to see something new. Do not miss this unique experience.

1  Thank Francis B
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We did the boat tour while waiting for our seats at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. The boat captain was very knowledgeable and took time to make our tour even more interesting than we had hoped. He showed us all sorts of wildlife close up, including alligators, manatees and all kinds of birds. Highly recommended.

Thank TOM-C--LIVERPOOL
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

If you love trees and water as I do, you will like this park. The Live Oak Trees are AMAZING. We don't have these trees in Missouri. The Spring is very nice and well done and the Visitor Center gives background info. on the area and the Mill. We have not done the eco boat tour and can't give a comment on that.

Thank Don C
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Loved the spring to swim in, the trails to hike, and the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant. The park also had great picnic spots and a variet of boats to rent and an interesting river to explore. I went for pancakes and discovered a lot more. Will definitely keep this park on my list of favorite state parks.

Thank Tom G
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I hate nothing and love everything about this park! Swimming year round. Fishing and boating. Playground and pavilions. Very reasonable entry price and very peaceful

Thank melanddonhusted
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