Old Sugar Mill Pancake House – De Leon Springs, Florida - Gastro Obscura

Old Sugar Mill Pancake House

De Leon Springs, Florida

Flip your own pancakes in this old sugar mill within a Florida state park. 


De Leon Springs State Park, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Florida, where nature and history converge in a picturesque setting. At the heart of this enchanting destination lies the Old Sugar Mill, home to a unique dining experience that seamlessly combines culinary delight with the lush beauty of the state park.

The Old Sugar Mill, a historic wooden building with timeless charm, offers a dining experience like no other. Overlooking the tranquil waters of Spring Garden Lake within De Leon Springs State Park, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the verdant surroundings while engaging in a truly hands-on culinary adventure. Here, at the pancake house within the Old Sugar Mill, visitors have the opportunity to build and flip their own pancakes table-side, adding a dash of fun to their dining experience.

As you patiently wait for a table, take advantage of the park’s abundant outdoor activities. Explore the natural wonders by embarking on a refreshing hike, take a leisurely swim, or paddle across the pristine waters in a canoe or kayak. For those seeking a more guided experience, the park offers an eco/history boat tour, an hour-long journey that unveils the rich ecological and historical tapestry of the area.

De Leon Springs State Park provides various watercraft options for rent, including canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats, allowing visitors to chart their own course across the shimmering waters of Spring Garden Lake.

Wander over to the visitor center located across the swimming area, where additional information and resources await to enhance your park experience. A short paved trail leads to Old Methuselah, an ancient Cypress tree, offering a glimpse into the park’s natural heritage. For those seeking a more adventurous path, non-paved trail hiking options beckon, promising an immersive encounter with the untamed beauty of the surroundings.

De Leon Springs State Park and the Old Sugar Mill stand as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of history, nature, and gastronomic delights. Whether you’re flipping pancakes or exploring the wonders of the park, this destination invites you to savor the richness of Florida’s landscapes and heritage in every moment.


Know Before You Go

To eat here, you'll need to pay the entry fee to the park, which is $6 per car (up to 8 people). 

During peak times the park can reach capacity, so arrive early. Make sure to add your name to the waiting list for the pancake house as soon as you arrive as it can be a wait sometimes.

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