Ready to plan your weekend? Head to De Leon Springs State park Saturday for a Day In Florida History. From 9 am to 4 PM visitors will find living history demonstrations of various periods in Florida’s history including early Native Americans, Spanish, British, Seminole War, Pioneers, Plantation Life, Civil War, and a Cow Camp. There will also be live music for entertainment. DeLeon Springs is a lovely State park . The visitor center has artifacts from the parks history and from the Mayaca (Native People who once lived in the area). There is also a large swimming area if you are brave enough to take a dip in January. The water is 3 to 30 feet deep and there are no lifeguards on duty here. The park has picnic area through out . Paddelboats, Kayaks and canoe rentals are available for a trip down the Spring Run. You might be interested in taking an Eco/History Boat Tour to catch some alligators and wildlife. There must be 8 people before a tour goes out and additional reservations and fees apply. You can find out more about a tour by calling 386.837.5537. You might want to bring a fishing pole.
We recommend you arrive early because the parking lot does fill up and you won’t be able to enter. Also, be sure and check out the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant. You make pancakes right on your table which the kids and I thought was the neatest. The Old Sugar Mill is open 9-5 on weekdays and 8-5 on weekends and holidays, serving until 4:00. We had quite a wait to get in here so plan your trip by getting there extra early and getting on the list or plan on exploring the area while you wait.
The park is listed as a Great Florida Birding Trail site. The birding is known to be fantastic along the Spring Run. Plan a hike down the 4 mile wild Persimmon Trail. Be sure and register at the Ranger Station before you head out. Safety first! Also, if you have children stop by and pick them up a Junior Ranger Activity Book. When they complete the book they will receive a badge and certificate.
The fee to get into the park is $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle or $4 for a single occupant car. De Leon Springs is located at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Burt Parks Road, west of U.S. 17. 601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard De Leon Springs, Florida 32130. You can call the park at (386) 985-4212 for more information.
Lots of great things to do here this Saturday or another . Enjoy!