Being in the water is a BIG part of every Floridian’s summer… and luckily for you, there’s a ton of water here in the Sunshine State for you to explore! You can obviously head to the beach to get your fun in the sun, but there ARE closer places for you to explore if you want to get in the water. One of our favorite spots? De Leon Springs State Park! This beautiful park is near Daytona but further inland, so it’s basically a straight shot up I-4 (and some great scenery along the way). Our Orlando Toyota dealership has the details about this incredible Central Florida destination and what you shouldn’t miss when you get there!
What is there to do at De Leon Springs State Park?
For starters, let’s talk about some of the activities you can take part in when you visit De Leon Springs:
- Boating and guided boat tours
- Kayaking and canoeing
- Snorkeling and scuba diving
- Hiking and biking
- Butterfly gardens
Plus, there are picnic and playground facilities so you can relax and get family friendly! No matter what you’re looking for when you want to get out on the water, you can find it here! After all, you DO have 625 acres to explore!
The main attraction at De Leon Springs State Park is obviously the spring; it pumps out 19 million gallons of water per day and the temperature is always 72 degrees, so it’s the perfect spot to swim and snorkel! You can rent paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks, and during the summer there are lifeguards on duty to up the safety factor. There’s even a paddling trail that you can take to get to the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge! Plus, there’s a free boat ramp where you can launch, as well as boat tours that take you through the wildlife refuge so you can alligator and bird spot.
If you’re into hiking a little before you cool off in the water, check out the 4.2 mile Wild Persimmon Trail OR go explore the half-mile Nature Trail – there’s a 600 year old Cypress tree on it that you don’t want to miss! You won’t want to skip the historic site, either; it boasts highlights from Florida’s history that are pretty interesting, like boiling kettles and a mill wheel hub from the 1800’s. On top of that, there are a ton of fishing spots, even for bow-fishing!
Make your own pancakes at the Old Spanish Mill!
Work up an appetite with all that exploring? Head to the historic Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House! Each table is decked out with a pancake griddle, so you can actually make your own pancakes from your seat and order TONS of fixings to go with them. (All you can eat pancakes is only $4.95 per person, too, so it won’t break the bank.) Not a breakfast person? They also offer hot dogs, hamburgers, smoothies and salads!
Head out to De Leon Springs and get into the water – the park is open seven days a week from 8:00am to sunset!