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 Ponce de Leon, Florida

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is located in the southern part of town, north of I-10. For over 100 years, locals and visitors alike flock to the state park for its beautiful springs.

687 Population

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66.8% Labor Force Participation

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Ponce De Leon


For over 100 years, locals and visitors alike flock to the state park in Ponce de Leon for its beautiful springs. In the late 1800s, children would begin their mornings by placing watermelons in the springs, then leave to work on the farm during the day and return to the springs to fetch their cold watermelons to eat and cool off.

Vortex Spring is one of the largest diving facilities in the state of Florida and is home to the red and white “Diver Down” flag. The flag was invented in the 1950s by Vortex founder Denzel “Doc” Dockery from Michigan, who wanted a flag to keep boats at a safe distance from dive boats. He used a combination of the Navy’s red ‘Bravo’ flag that was used to indicate danger and sewed a horizontal white stripe across it. The “diver down” flag is widely used for scuba diving and has saved countless lives since its creation.

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Located in the southern part of town, north of I-10. The bottom is sand and limestone, giving the popular swimming area a light greenish-blue appearance. For generations, people have been taking a dip in the clear waters.

Ponce de Leon State Park continues to offer family fun, whether it’s 300 yards of crystal-clear water flowing in what’s called the “jungle river” or its trails for hiking, jogging, and biking. It’s also a great spot to have a picnic and do some bird watching.

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Vortex Spring

Vortex Spring Adventures is recognized as one of the best and safest diving resorts in the country. This 500+ acre resort produces approximately 32 million gallons of crystal “gin-clear” water daily for diving, swimming, and sliding down one of its ten slides. Vortex Spring boasts natural caverns with a depth of 150 feet inside the underwater cave system.

They offer different levels of on-site dive training, from PADI certifications to cave diving certifications, and with the Dow Jones, a 28-foot sailboat sunken in the spring, their trained and certified dive instructors offer penetration dives, taking you to a whole other dive classification. And here’s a fun fact about the fish in the spring: they love string cheese!

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