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De Leon Springs - Classic Old Florida
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© Christine Till
Ever wanted to swim in a natural spring? This is your chance to swim, dine, picnic, stroll classic Old Florida. Native Americans visited and used these second-magnitude springs as long as 6,000 years ago.
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park central Florida is beautiful and picturesque. You'll see manatees eating in the river while river otters are fishing and playing in the early morning mist that is rising from the river. There are large turtles in the spring and birds of several varieties will entertained you. If you admire the cypress swamps, here you have a chance to actually walk around in one, or startle a small deer near monkey island. De Leon Springs is a wonderful, quiet, wildlife experience.
Cook your own pancakes on the griddle that is part of the table in front of you in the rustic and atmospheric Sugar Mill, where they grind their own flour.
I recommend De Leon Springs State Park to anyone who wants to see a part of Florida that isn't part of the beach or theme park scene.
June 10th, 2013
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