10 Things to Do in De Leon Springs That You Shouldn't Miss

February 23, 2018 Misti Hsu

DeLeon Springs /də ˈliən/ is a census-designated place (CDP) in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,614 at the 2010 census. De Leon Springs State Park is located in DeLeon Springs, as is the Strawn Historic Citrus Packing House District.
Restaurants in De Leon Springs

1. Deep Creek Stables

2270 S. Cr 3, Pierson, FL 32180-3115 +1 386-985-0520
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Deep Creek Stables

Deep Creek Stables represents an authentic Florida horseback riding experience with access to over 18,000 acres of breath taking trails representing Florida's natural habitat. Individuals, family and groups are welcome. We offer trail rides, skeet shooting, buggy rides, hay rides, horse training and lessons.

Reviewed By Premier_Cru_USA - Detroit, Michigan

I was looking for an activity for my teenage sons and stumbled across Deep Creek Stables. We had a great afternoon. The shotguns were pretty old but worked just fine and there were three different ones to try. Safety was excellent, the shooting area was clearly defined, and no shooting was allowed if anyone was in the 'target' area no matter how far away. None of us had been skeet shooting before but as the session went on we all managed to hit the 'birds' often enough to keep everyone interested. It is quite expensive but we had a great afternoon and will be returning on our next visit to Florida. This is a great alternative to the parks and there is the Castaway's Restaurant not far away.

2. Stetson Mansion

1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003 +1 386-873-0167
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5 based on 3 reviews

Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando and Daytona in DeLand makes it convenient for all visiting the central Florida area. This is Florida's first luxury estate and houses some of the most beautiful and intricate parquet floors in the world. The mansion is one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built with Edison electricity. The owners have painstakingly renovated every square inch of the 10,000 sq foot masterpiece while incorporating today's modern conveniences. All this was done without compromising the architectural or historical integrity. Every room on every one of the three floors is magnificently decorated and every room features a different style floor and window design There is Reservations are required $20-$30 per person and children are $15. Payment is cash at the door and we do charge applicable sales tax. See you at the Mansion!!

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

We always try to visit special places.
Having owned homes in historic districts and bringing new life to old bones, this home was of interest. Our docent, Marsha, was informative and humorous.
The restoration is impressive and the workmanship of the original artisans is stunning. This home is a must see!

3. Barberville Pioneer Settlement

1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville, FL 32105 +1 386-749-2959
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

The mission of the Barberville Pioneer Settlement is to educate and entrust the public and future generations with knowledge of the pioneer lifestyle of our forefathers through hands on experience, folk demonstrations, preservation and historic exhibits. The historical village museum is situated on a thirty-acre campus that features 18 historical structures and a collection of over 10,000 items. The Settlement offers self guided and guided tours, field trips, workshops and demonstrations, as well as rental facilities for meetings, small weddings and special events. General Information Seasonal Hours November 15th - Mother's Day - Open 7 Days Sundays Noon - 4pm Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm. Mother's Day - November 15th Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm and on Mondays by reservation for large groups Closed Holidays - New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day. NOTE - Arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to closing time! Service Animals Only Allowed on Grounds. Admission Prices; General Admission-Self-Guided Tours $8/each Adults $7/each Seniors (60+), Veterans and Groups of 5 or more $4/each Children ages 6 -12 Free for Children under 5. Guided Tours Reservations and a minimum of $50.00 required. $10/each Adults $5/each Children ages 6-12 Free for Children under 5. Special Events Admission prices are subject to change due to specifics of each event. Annual Fundraising Events - Spring Frolic the last weekend of April and the Fall Country Jamboree the first full weekend of November.

Reviewed By Robert B - Summerfield, Florida

Great place to visit if you like History. Lots of Historical artifacts in various buildings. Great place to take kids & Grandkids to show them what life was like in the past. Not limited to Barberville but life in general in those days.

4. De Leon Springs State Park

601 Ponce de Leon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130-3399 +1 386-985-4212
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

De Leon Springs State Park

Reviewed By Louames - Cumming, Georgia

We came here so we could jump in some springs on a warmish February day. It ended up being a little Cool, 61 degrees, so I thought maybe the 72 degree water would feel luke warm, nope still cold, and they don't allow jumping (so I made my kids pretend to jump for a picture ) it was still fun and I am glad I got in the springs I February. Just seemed like a cool thing to do.

5. De Leon Spring State Recreation Area

De Leon Springs, FL +1 386-985-5644
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

De Leon Spring State Recreation Area

Located on the eastern side of Lake Woodruff in the National Wildlife Refuge, this park offers outdoor fun, restaurants and picnic areas.

Reviewed By TravelRaen - Florida

This place is tucked away off the main road in Deland, but it's worth the visit. The springs are around 70 degrees year-round, and there is an area for swimming/sunbathing/picnicking. There are several bike and hiking trails surrounding the springs, one of which (that isn't far) leads to a 500-year-old tree!

There is also an old sugarmill, that is now used as a restaurant. There are stovetops on the table, and you fry your own pancakes, eggs, and french toast at the table! The food was delicious (I recommend the bacon), and the staff very friendly. Just note that if your party is small, you may end up sharing a table with another group.

The wait for eating around 11 on a weekday was about 30 minutes, and in that time you can walk around the area and take great pictures.

6. Reptile Discovery Center

2710 Big John Dr, DeLand, FL 32724-4000 +1 386-740-9143
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5 based on 107 reviews

Reptile Discovery Center

Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

Reviewed By Jean S - Murphy, North Carolina

They are very knowledgeable about any type of snakes, and they will accept any snake you may want to relocate away from your yard. They milk venomous snakes for use in treating individuals that have been bitten. A worthy cause and beautiful exhibit.

7. Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

De Leon Springs, FL +1 386-985-4673
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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Established as a migratory bird refuge, much of this wildlife refuge is marsh or swamp and is accessible only by boat. In addition to the birds – there are about 215 species detectable – the swamp area holds many kinds of fish and even alligators.

Reviewed By RonR66 - Orange City, Florida

I've seen nesting eagles, otters, Bobcats, swallow tail kites, marsh rabbits and many of the wading shore birds you would expect! It's worth the time. You can hike to an observation tower were you can look down and see alligators, harrier hawks and many more. Twice I've had sandhill cranes stay on the trail with me as I've walked by them less than 4 feet away!
Bring binoculars and your camera!

8. Smooth Waters Wildlife Park

4500 Reed St, De Leon Springs, FL 32130-3285 +1 407-967-3768
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Smooth Waters Wildlife Park

Smooth Waters Wildlife Park is a smaller and very guest friendly zoological park dedicated to promoting conservation, education, and the preservation of endangered species. We have fun with our guests and interact with you to give you the same great experience we'd want to have when we visit other parks and zoos. At Smooth Waters, there's always "Fun, Smiles, & Crocodiles", and our prices aren't too shabby either! Enjoy Central Florida's best "fraction of a day attraction" for the same price you might spend at any other attractions snack bar!

Reviewed By kathi262016 - Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

This reptile enclosure has crocodiles, alligators and mountain tortoises. The kids can interact with the creatures under supervision of Nathan. There are private tours available upon request. This establishment is open Friday thru Monday from 9;00AM to 2:00 PM. It was nice to see the...MoreThank you for reviewing our Park. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again!

9. Candace Strawn Lake Dias Park

5320 State Road 11, De Leon Springs, FL 32130-3903
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Candace Strawn Lake Dias Park

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Reviewed By Steve A

Lake Dias is a free access park for fishing, boating and nature viewing. Boat ramp with dock and ample parking area. Small playground area for small children with covered picnic area. Clean restrooms.

Nice place for a family picnic to relax and unwind for a few hours, and watch the sunset over Lake Dias.

10. Athens Theatre

124 N Florida Ave, DeLand, FL 32720-4208 +1 386-736-1500
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Athens Theatre

The Athens Theatre is a fully restored historic theatre. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, this red-bricked beauty is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1922. Above the stage's proscenium arch is an original 1920's Grecian Freeze by artist Samuel Judson Stone. Each year the Athens Theatre presents six large theatrical productions by the Athens Theatre Company & Youth Academy, numerous concerts, community events, and gatherings.

Reviewed By consumeradvocateUsa - usa

So, we were there recently and I decided to read some older reviews on here and I have to say, things have not apparently changed in all these years so, dont' expect anything to be different or good now. One reviewer stated:"The sound production was poor with some voices clearly heard while others were faint and indiscernible". and that is the same now. for sure! We couldnt hear anything but faint voices!
one reviewer said: "but the inside has been quite modernized. It has a cream and dark brown motif that is not very appealing." I totally agree, the inside is uncomfortable and boring and makes for a bad feel when watching a play. it's just like another reviewer said:"i suppose we expected the renovation to capture a bit more "charm" of the old days, instead of just a glorified movie theater."
I totally agree. The outside is nice. Just go to see the outside. I wouldn't recommend going inside to see anything. Another reviewer said that House Management and customer service was awful and two reviewers said that Alexa is not willing to help but give free concessions to one and ask people to come back in another. Well, Alexa seems to still be there so rest assured nothing has changed. So my advice is to stay away for now until production teams and management teams change and they find some real talent. In the meantime, it's like one previous reviewer stated, it is better to spend your money on another theater. It seems they dont give your money's worth here. It's a huge disappointment. I only wish that someone had been honest enough on more recent reviews to let us know before we went. But, here is your warning.

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