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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

One Tank Trip: Deleon Springs State Park

Posted 11/14/2006
There are more than 50 Florida State Parks within a one tank trip of Jacksonville but there's only one where you can flip flapjacks right at your own restaurant table. Breakfast is served all day at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House at Deleon Springs State Park just north of Deland. A staple here since 19-61, it's the ultimate serve-yourself breakfast. You cook pancakes and eggs right on your own tabletop grill.

This gastric delight complements the other activities at the park. Deleon's tranquil setting is only interrupted by the occasional splash of swimmers in the constant 72 degree water. 20 million gallons bubble up from the underground aquifer every day. Most of the visitors are tourists like Leann Dominguiz from Colorado. "It's kind of neat when you see the temperature. It's really cold then you swim and it gets warmer," says Dominguiz.
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