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De Leon Springs State Park, De Leon Springs

4.7
#90 of 172 in Nature in Florida
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De Leon Springs State Park is a Florida State Park in Volusia County, Florida. It is located in DeLeon Springs, off CR 3.GeologyThe park covers 625 acres in Volusia County, built around a natural spring, flowing at a rate of about 20 million gallons a day, that remains 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round and reaches a depth of 30 feet at the spring boil.FaunaPark wildlife includes manatees, alligators, white-tailed deer, turtles and otters. Among the birds that can be seen are anhingas, egrets, hawks, limpkins, ospreys, vultures, American bald eagles, American white ibis, belted kingfishers, American coots and great blue herons.Seasonal sightings may include Florida black bears (the park is connected to Lake George State Forest and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge), manatees seeking relief from the cold during winter and migratory birds such as a variety of duck species.
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  • Visited with 11yr old, 7yr old and 68 yr old grandma. We waited 45 min to get into Sugar Mill restaurant but they use a PA system to call you so the kids swam while we waited. We opted for the $5 all ...  more »
  • Very yummy food and friendly staff....cook your eggs, french toast and/or pancakes at your table on the griddle...then sunbathe, swim, go on boat tour....after all that hit the snack bar  more »
  • Was our first visit, just went to check it out since we're new to the area. Was very clean and lots of family friendly activities. Volley ball, fishing, swimming, boats to rent, nature trails. You can...  more »
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  • One of our favorite state parks to visit in Central Florida. The spring is beautiful, and if you like to swim it's a great spot. It gets crowded by local daycares on weekdays in the summer, though. Making your own pancakes on the tables at the Old Sugar Mill restaurant is a must when visiting this park. Be sure to take the pontoon boat tour, it is excellent and the captain will spend an hour or so telling you all about the wildlife that lives in and along the river. The museum of the park is very good, too.
  • This place is great for a long day out with family. We made it a day trip, eating at the Old Sugar Mill (a family style pancake diner inside the park) and picnicking next to the swimming area. The park staff were extremely helpful and friendly, and the faculties were clean and accessible. We went during a weekday, so It wasn't over crowded. I've heard on the weekdays during the summer it becomes packed, so if you have a day off from work during the week, it would be best to go then.
  • The dining experience was incredibly unique and fun while the waitstaff are very professional, nice, and stand ready to accommodate. The park grounds are beautifully kept. The water is very clear and very clean. Plenty of grass around the water to sunbathe and relax along with a playground area for toddlers. There are more than 5 miles (from what I could best tell) of nature trails with historical markers and nature fact plaques, informing you about the different trees and vegetation growing in the area. The park also offers rentals for kayaks and paddle boats, tickets for the Fountain of Youth riverboat tour, and accommodates fishermen. This park is a great way to spend an entire afternoon.
  • I really love this park. It's beautiful. I do wish they would stop people from smoking in the water. My grandchildren and I were playing on the steps and a group of people with two kids came over and stood on the steps with us smoking cigarettes and loudly playing music. The smoking right over us was rude but when I saw the one guy pass a joint I was a little disturbed. I don't mind people smoking either of these items but could you not do it in my grandkids faces. I asked a very friendly lifeguard about it as we were leaving and he said they can smoke and eat in the water and he wished they weren't allowed to.
  • Good for nature walks. The springs are great to swim in when it's very hot. The pancake restaurant has a good deal for all you can eat pancakes but the servers are atrocious. I have been here three times with school excursions and the servers have been extremely rude every time. The person at the register is the worst.

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