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Monday, March 17, 2008

Visit DeLeon Springs for some special treats

Published March 16, 2008
When Juan Ponce de Leon came to Florida searching for a fountain of youth, local legend and folklore claims he was enchanted by the beautiful spring just north of DeLand.

Named after the Spanish explorer, DeLeon Springs State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown 365 days a year. It boasts a rich history. Although it won't give you eternal youth, its constant 72-degree spring water is refreshing any time of year.

The spring was first occupied by occasional hunter-gatherers, according to archaeologists and scholars, but roughly 6,000 years ago, humans became more permanent residents. In the 1700s, these native Floridians were replaced by Seminoles who were members of the Creek and other tribes who moved into Florida from the north.
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