Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is named for Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who led the first expedition to Florida in 1513 on a quest to find the "fountain of youth.” Many come to visit the parks large natural springs, citing it as have healing and refreshing effects. The main spring, a convergence of two underground bodies of water, produces 14 million gallons of water daily and maintains a temperature of 68° year round. The park also offers two nature trails that guide visitors through a longleaf pine habitat, home to florida wildlife such as manatees, alligators, white tailed deer, otters, and bald eagles. Picnicking, swimming, and hiking are amongst the most popular activities at the park. It is also home to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill, a popular attraction to both tourists and locals, where guests buy the batter and topping to cook their own pancakes right on their dining table! De Leon Springs offers a rich history and is sure to be an amazing experience for the whole family, whether you’re from out of town or just down the road.