DeLeon Springs State Park features a large swimming area surrounded by a grassy lawn, shaded picnic areas, paved and unpaved nature trails, and paddle boat, kayak, and canoe rentals. A visitor’s center displays an interesting history of DeLeon Springs beginning with the Native Americans up to the time when it was a “Fountain of Youth” resort. A fifty-minute guided boat tour is available and gives guests a glimpse of the abundant wildlife along the river as well as an informative history of the area. One of the main attractions at DeLeon Springs is the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant where you can cook your own pancakes on tables equipped with griddles. Keep in mind, there is no air conditioning inside the restaurant so it can get very hot during the summer. The restaurant is very popular on holidays and during the summer, so unless you get there as soon as they open, wait times can be as long as 90 minutes. There are, however, plenty of things to do while waiting, and if you take the boat tour, you won’t lose your place in line. The park may reach capacity during the summer and on holidays.
Last modified: August 6th, 2018