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De Leon Springs State Park

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Address: FL 32130
Phone Number: (386) 985-4212
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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This is an awesome place to enjoy the day with family. Our kids absolutely loved it. The area and water were clean. The water was freezing but would feel wonderful on a really hot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Conway, Arkansas
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Conway, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome place to enjoy the day with family. Our kids absolutely loved it. The area and water were clean. The water was freezing but would feel wonderful on a really hot day. We would come back for sure!

Thank Jaylasmom
Orange Park, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

After 1 hour and 45 minutes drive we arrived at 8:00am 36 cars were lined up around the small path to get to the entrance. We arrived early to begin with the famous Sugar Mills restaurant. To begin with the pancakes batch that was given on one side of the table tasted bitter. I noticed it right away, I mentioned... More 

Thank Casanova46
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Their idea of a butterfly garden was a 5 square ft area with a few plants that SUPPOSEDLY attract butterflies! Didn't see ONE butterfly, and almost every plant was dead! And the spring wasn't in its natural state. It was concretes in. It thought that it would be leading into the river, and have fish and stuff in it. We... More 

Thank Candace E
Orlando, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The elderly lady (Garcia) was the rudest State Park employee ever encountered. My husband missed the entrance sign and stopped about a foot past the gate before we saw her. He immediately backed up and apologized, once he realized it. However, his sincere apology was not good enough for Garcia. She yelled him about the sign, she yelled at him... More 

Thank Shestarr
Ellabell, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This Spring was beautiful, very clean. A true treasure! Lots of history behind it and lots of trials, boat tours, kayak, or paddle boats. My husband and our 6 children enjoyed a picnic by the Spring and went for a swim!! Beautiful Sugar Mill also. We cant wait to go back!! Clear blue water and beautiful location.

Thank gagirl31081
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We came to eat at the Spanish Mill and to check out the springs. The restaurant was a hit, but the springs were a bit disappointing. A fairly small, enclosed pool - not the natural setting we had envisioned after visiting the website. The lake however is beautiful but they don't let you swim there. I suppose it's great for... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

We got on the waiting list (2+ hour wait!) for the restaurant that has griddles on every table, then took the hour-long boat ride through the waterway that is fed by the springs. We saw many different birds and many alligators, while listening to the history of the area and fun facts about the critters we were seeing. The driver/tour... More 

Thank Jenny S
Silver Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

For only a $6 entrance fee, you can spend all day at De Leon Springs State Park. It is a fantastic park with beach and 72 deg year around spring pool. There are paddleboats and kayaks available for rent and a 2 hour guided boat tour on the spring run. There are several nature/hiking trails available to get back to... More 

Thank HoopFL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

Came here on a Sunday and paid $6 at the entrance for 2 people. There's plenty of space to sunbathe and even a good spot to hammock. There's a neat restaurant there that had a 2hr wait- you could hear on an intercom the announcements of parties that need to be seated. Restaurant had griddles in the middle of the... More 

Thank AlmondWanderlust
Coral Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Located near Deland, admission is $6. per car. They have a good boat tour, Manatees usually move on in March. Lots of plants, birds and wildlife. You can swim, canoe and kayak.

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