Old Spanish Sugar Mill & De Leon Springs State Park

An ocean view of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from every room at the Bahama House!

Now that the weather’s getting cooler, it’s the perfect time for families, couples, and singles alike to discover the Old Spanish Sugar Mill & De Leon Springs State Park. First, enjoy a truly one of a kind breakfast experience located in a 100-year-old replica of the original 1830s sugar mill. Their website describes it perfectly. Early American all you can eat pancakes made with their special blend of five stone ground flours served with raw honey, maple syrup, and unsulphered molasses. To add even more creativity to your pancakes, add banana slices, blueberries, peanut butter, or chocolate chips. Vegan and gluten-free choices are all available. This is a local hidden gem and truly unique because you make the pancakes right at your table. I highly recommend this experience.  It’s been open since 1961 and been serving the same unusual style ever since – tables which include a griddle, so you can create your own combination of pancakes. A tip? Get there early – lines are inevitable, but you can enjoy the wait by starting to look around DeLeon Springs State Park.

After a filling breakfast, you’re already in De Leon Springs State Park! It includes a swimming area, which is usable by stairs, a ramp, and a swimmer lift. Snorkelling is another popular activity. If you’d rather stay above the water, you can rent canoes, paddleboats, and kayaks from the park’s concession.

The park’s trail includes access to the 22,000 acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, with plenty of lakes, creeks, and marshes to explore. The Fountain of Youth Eco/Heritage boat tour aboard the M/V Acuera departs four times daily and offers visitors a 50 minute trip through Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, where alligators and birds are common sights.

For those who prefer dry land, fear not! There is a 4.2 mile Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail, as well as a  half-mile paved Nature Trail, which leads to a 600-year-old Cypress tree. A butterfly garden has about 500 plants for migrating butterflies and hummingbirds. During the fall and winter months, the park ranger services provide a variety of programs.

After a wonderful day filled with pancakes and beautiful sights, The Bahama House is the perfect place to come back and relax before the Manager’s Reception in our newly remodelled rooms.