De Leon Springs State Park is a weekend adventure waiting to happen. The visitor center is filled with history and artifacts of the Mayaca. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant allows you to make pancakes right at your table. Beware though depending on when you arrive there may be some wait time before you get in to eat. No worries if this is the case there is plenty around the grounds to explore.
There are canoe, kayaks, and paddle boats available for rental . First come first served so don't miss out. There is swimming, and picnicking. The park has plenty of lovely, shady areas for a picnic. We recommend you bring your own lunch and snacks. There is a Take out Window for these items but you’ll pay an 18% gratuity on them. The kids can enjoy fishing by the Spring run or lake. The park is known for its variety of birds. DeLeon Springs runs into Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge with acres and acres to explore. There is a boat ramp where boaters can put in if the water is up. You can also take a fifty minute Eco boat tour on the Spring Glen Run. There is a small playground with slides an climbing features.
De Leon Springs is an hour and half or about ninety five miles from Jacksonville. ( Located at 601 Ponce DeLeon Boulevard De Leon Springs, Florida 32130 . ) The park is open from 8am to sundown 365 days a year. The Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant stops serving at 4 PM. It is open weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM and weekends from 8 AM to 5 PM. The restaurant is closed Christmas and Thanksgivng days. The Admission into the park is $6 per vehicle of 2-8 people.
There are several events at the park thought out the year. Upcoming in March is the Spring Festival. Explore the DeLeon Springs State Parks Events page for more information on the Spring Festival and others.
Remember to arrive early or you might not get in and have a great time!