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De Leon Springs State Park

#1,192 of 4,748 things to do in Florida
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Address: FL 32130
Phone Number:
+1 386-985-4212
09:00 - 17:00
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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

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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you could easily make a day of it

swimming...playground...eco boat tours...kayaks...canoes...fishing...paddle boats...all for a price...plenty of parking and picnic tables...restaurant serves breakfast and lunch... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

swimming...playground...eco boat tours...kayaks...canoes...fishing...paddle boats...all for a price...plenty of parking and picnic tables...restaurant serves breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices...$6 entry fee/car with up to eight people.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

You have to pay to enter, but it is well worth it. The park is beautiful, and there is something to do for all ages.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Matthew caused the more difficult hiking trail to close, however the easier trails were open. The park is well maintained with beautiful live oaks and other trees. Staff is working hard to put the park back after the hurricane, but it is a natural park and storms are part of the cycle

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Longwood, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

the Mill is a great restaurant where you make your own breakfast. ANd make sure you take the boat trip for the historical info, birds and gators. well worth the trip there. Very unique. Take your bathing suit for dip in the cool spring waters.

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Conway, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 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 

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Ellabell, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 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 

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