1-1/2 hours from Orlando is De Leon Springs, a state park known for pancakes and much more. In a beautiful rural area, you’ll find natural springs with all sorts of outdoor activities for the entire family to explore.
A uniquely delicious restaurant, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House is a must when visiting De Leon Springs. Each table is equipped with griddles which allow diners to cook personal hotcakes with the homemade Sugar Mill pancake batter. Mix-ins like blueberries, peanut butter, chocolate chips and more are also available to make the perfect breakfast.
Teeming with wildlife and history, the waters of De Leon Springs can be explored via boat tour on the Fountain of Youth Eco/History Tours. A popular local legend states that the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon found the fabled Fountain of Youth in this Florida spring, and the boat tour explores this legend along with facts and folklore history of the area.
Built in 1886 for hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, the Stetson Mansion features interesting architecture straight from the Gilded Age. The captivating details inside include interior carvings, 10,000 panes of leaded glass windows and 16 patterns of intricate parquet wood floors. The mansion previously hosted magnificent parties attended by members of elite society including President Cleveland, the King and Queen of England and Henry Flagler.
Families can enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Reptile Discovery Center. Housed within the center are rattlesnakes, cobras, mambas and many other snakes from around the world. And along the nature trail it’s easy to spot lizards, alligators and more sunning themselves.
“Drink sensibly, but get weird” is the motto of Persimmon Brewing Company, and the brewery prides itself in creating a unique work of art in every glass of craft beer. Take a free tour, starting promptly at 5:07 p.m. each day, or simply enjoy the taproom with a pint of Beach Hippie or 3 Wise Guys.
Featuring 625 acres of pure Floridian beauty, De Leon Springs State Park has a number of outdoor activities to keep families busy and having fun. Picnic tables and grills under huge oak trees make for a perfect lunchtime setting, and visitors can hike the 4.2 mile Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail. Overlooking beautiful Spring Garden Run is a spring which offers swimming and snorkeling.
Wildlife observers should pay a visit to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and take the opportunity to view the many different kinds of animals present in the Florida ecosystem. Otters, amphibians, deer and many species of birds can be seen year round.
Take a day trip to De Leon Springs during your visit to Summer Bay Orlando. Villa and condo accommodations are available, and hotel accommodations can be booked at Crown Club Inn Orlando by Exploria Resorts. Head to the Destinations tab at the top of this page to book today.