DeLeon Springs State Park Adventures

Basic Information

Address: 601 Ponce DeLeon Boulevard, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
Phone Number: 239-316-9350
Fax Number: 239-513-2048
Director: Joe Pereira

Action Shots

DeLeon Springs State Park Adventures
DeLeon Springs State Park Adventures
DeLeon Springs State Park Adventures
DeLeon Springs State Park Adventures

* Click each thumbnail for a larger version.

Additional Information

Days and Hours: Fountain of Youth Tours 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., & 1 p.m. Daily -Boat Rental & Take Out Window 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily- Restaurant 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat & Sun -

Fountian of Youth Boat Tours-The Fountain of Youth Boat Tour departs four times daily, and journeys for 50 minutes through De Leon Springs State Park and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. The boat takes passengers on a relaxing trip filled with extraordinary close-contact experiences with the local wildlife…During their journey, guests will also learn about the area's rich 6,000-year history, the spring's "healing waters," how the Fountain of Youth story originated, and the animals that call it home.Tours are at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, and 1 p.m.

Rentals- The park features a variety of small boats for guests to paddle their way through De Leon Springs, Spring Garden Run, and the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. A must for any avid kayaker, paddleboarder, or canoer…We also provide tubes for a float in our Springs, snorkeling gear for those who want to get a better look, as well as both tandem and single kayaks and canoes. Guests can make their reservation online or at the onsite rental office located at the take-out window.

Hiking- De Leon Springs State Park offers a half-mile, wheelchair-accessible paved nature trail with interpretive signs. The trail passes through a floodplain forest with cypress, hardwoods, and other plants native to this area, including a cypress tree that is more than 600 years old…The Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail, a 4-mile loop, will lead you through several natural communities. Deer, turkeys, wild hogs, and Florida black bears are sometimes seen.

Swimming- Swimming is permitted from 8 a.m. until a half-hour before sunset (park closing). The swimming area is a constant 72 degrees, and depths range from 18 inches to 30 feet at the spring boil. Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times and should remain in the roped-off areas…

  • No lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk year-round.
  • No swimming is permitted in Spring Garden Run.
  • Pets are not allowed in the sunbathing area.
  • The swimming area will be closed when lightning is detected within 6 miles.
  • Floats and rafts are allowed in the swimming area; however, flotation devices cannot exceed 5 feet for a circle or 4 feet by 6 feet for a rectangle.
  • Snorkel gear is available for rent.

Picnicking- Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the shade of large live oaks. All picnic pavilions are on accessible routes…

  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any area of the park.
  • Trash cans and recycling containers are nearby.

Birdwatching- The park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Wading birds are almost always present in Spring Garden Run…Walk the Nature Trail or the Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail to see other species. Bald eagles can sometimes be seen nesting in nearby Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and fishing in Spring Garden Run. A bird list is available at the park.

Group Type: All
Disabled Access:


Program Type:

Nature and Eco Tours. Historical Tours. Boat Tours. Birdwatching. Hiking. Interpretive Tours.

Food: Snacks and Souvenir Concessions. Also, Old Sugar Mill Pancake House is open 8am to 4pm daily.
Length of Visit: 8am - 4pm
Max. Group Number: 150
Reservations Needed: Yes. Contact Joe Pereira for group information and reservations.