The 7 Best Things to Do in Astor, United States

November 23, 2017 Layne Dawes

Astor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, Florida, United States, located on the west side of the St. Johns River between Lake George and Lake Dexter. The community straddles State Road 40, with the community of Volusia in Volusia County across the St. Johns to the east and Astor Park to the west. The population was 1,487 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Astor

1. St. Johns River Tours, Inc. - Day Tours

55716 Front St, Astor, FL 32102-3242
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St. Johns River Tours, Inc. - Day Tours

Depart from historic Astor, Florida at the Blackwater Inn for a leisure boat tour to the many tributaries of the St. Johns River. Where you will experience exotic plant and wildlife steeped in history dating back to ancient Indian and Spanish civilizations. On your St. Johns River eco tour you will experience a variety of wildlife, alligators, bald eagles, manatees, and plant life, air plants, ferns and large cypress trees.

Reviewed By Sheila H - The Villages, Florida

Our cruise was part of a Yankee Trails 1-Day trip package that included bus transportation, cruise, and lunch at the Blackwater Inn. I am going to take the cruise again in a new weeks when family members come to visit. Captain Bob tells stories while pointing out different species of wildlife and foliage. He is entertaining and enjoyable. A good time for young and old alike. I highly recommend this cruise but do not think it would be appropriate for children under 5.

2. Lake George

770 Nine Mile Point Road, Astor, FL
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Lake George

Reviewed By Sandra2321-01 - Crescent City, Florida

This is a wonderful lake for fishing or just boating. Leads over to the Springs where the water is so clear and cold but lots of fun to anchor and swim. The only negative is that it can become very, very rough when the wind starts up.

3. Lake George State Forest

Sandy Drain Rd, Pierson, FL 32180 +1 386-985-7815
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Lake George State Forest

Reviewed By FlaHarlock - Tavares, Florida

Spent a weekend morning hiking through the forest with my bff Buc. Started out at Bluffton Recreation Area and hiked the interpretative trail. Beautiful park right on St Johns River, and the trail is very well done. Next we drove to Sandy Drain and hiked there for a couple hours. Saw several deer, which is rare during hunting season. Also saw raccoon, owl, hawk, scrub jay, etc... Just no bear. They are like unicorns. All the roads are easy to follow and very well maintained. Enjoyed a wonderful day hiking and never saw another human. Gotta love the forest. If you need to unplug for awhile, this is the place.
Highly recommended!

These roads would be great for biking also. No facilities or running water so bring what you need and please do not litter.

4. The Castaways on the River

25131 Blackwater Ln, Astor, FL 32102-3209
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Castaways on the River

Castaways on the River is your home for boat rentals, cottage rentals and lodging in Central Florida. Whether this is your first time in Astor or you are a long time visitor, with our choices of boat rentals you’ll be able to enjoy the wildlife, freshwater fishing, and crystal springs in the surrounding areas. An experience you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Reviewed By Darlene A

Castaways on the river was a great vacation getaway for our Anniversary. We stayed in an upstairs room overlooking the Saint John’s river. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The rooms are very clean and large. We also kept our boat docked right below our room in a covered slip. I will be back! Thank you castaways staff!!!

5. Bluffton Recreation Area

2520 St Johns River Rd, Lake George State Forest, Astor, FL 32102-6906 +1 386-985-7815
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Bluffton Recreation Area

Reviewed By FlaHarlock - Tavares, Florida

I've recently started the "Trailwalker" program through the Florida Forest Service. One of the trails is here at Bluffton Rec Area, so my dog and I came to check it out. This park is beautiful! Located on the St Johns River and in the Lake George State Forest. Tons of wildlife and no people.. Perfect! There is a restroom/outhouse that's handicap accessible and it's clean (as much as an outhouse can be). There's also a fishing pier, canoe launch, and amazing picnic area right on the river. The interpretive trail is just over one mile loop and has maps at the kiosk. Walking the trail you will find green markers that correspond with the map. These markers tell about the vegetation, ecology, history, and identification of different trees on the trail. Nice little hike and educational as well. This park would be an excellent spot for a day out with the family. Buc and I really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend it!

6. Fireboat Airboat Tours

Butler Street, Ocala National Forest, Astor, FL 32102
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Fireboat Airboat Tours

Reviewed By gregbooras - St. Augustine FL

Our trip started at Parramore's campground in Astor, Florida. Here we met with Captain Mike who has owns the Fireboat Airboat.

Once he put the boat in the water we all boarded the airboat. One of the reasons why I chose this trip was that Mike's airboat only seats six!

He took us down the St Johns river were we saw all kinds of birds and gators, we then continued to Lake George. While my wife and I have been on many airboats this was the grand kids first time and they had a blast.

Tips: Since he takes small groups, he will customize the time of the trip from 1-3 hours longs.

* Note, bring some water for the trip and use the bathroom on the dock before starting the trip.

More info can be found on his website:
http://www.firestormairboattours.com/

7. Alexander Springs

Hwy 450, Ocala, FL 40929 +1 352-669-3153
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Alexander Springs

Clear-blue spring and creek in Ocala National Forest.

Reviewed By 123009Name - Northern California

Nice campground...Big shout out to the Volunteers that keep it clean, scare away the Raccoons and tell people to turn down their loud music..Much appreciated.The springs are beautiful and Crystal clear...Always at a constant 72 degrees...Great site to visit in winter on a weekday when the crowds are scarce.A wonderful hiking trail goes thru the forest.If you camp you can visit Juniper Springs and Silver Glen springs nearby....A true treasure to be enjoyed...

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