Thursday, July 5, 2012
Deleon Springs State Park and Old Sugar Mill Restaurant
Recently some of my girlfriends and I were interested in doing something outdoorsy and new. I did a little research and found out about a really neat state park name Deleon Springs - the state park itself was much like all the other state parks in Florida, but this one had a restaurant that allows you to make your own pancakes right at your table. I explained it to the girls and we were off. Much like all other springs it cost us around $6.00 to park and once the parking lot is full - they close the gates. We went on a Sunday and arrived right around 10:30 and the restaurant was already on a 2.5 hour wait - so we got our names on the list and headed out to explore.
They offer kayak and canoe rentals, hiking trails, a swimming hole, and many places to grill out and hang with friends and family. We rented our kayaks and off we were - the area that you kayak is very wide open and mullet jump out of the water everywhere - so it makes it quite interesting.
In different areas they have some of the historical items that built the legend of Deleon springs - The mill used to be a working mill and now is where the restaurant resides.
Some of the pictures from when we were on the water -
After we hiked around, kayaked and explored we were definitely hungry and couldn't wait to get in and eat up those delicious made at your table pancakes. The pancakes were all you can eat for $5.99 and you order your fixings separately. As a table we ordered all of the sides - peanut butter, chocolate chips, bananas, walnuts, and blueberries. You pour the batter on the griddle - add your toppings, flip and eat.
If you would like more information or to check it out for yourself - here is the website - http://www.floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings/
One of the things that we did not get to do, but were interested in coming back and trying out was the scenic boat tour - http://www.foytours.net/