Dive into Adventure: West Volusia’s St. Johns River and Beyond

Wherever you look, there are plenty of ways to get out and experience West Volusia County, and the St. Johns River, the backbone of the area, offers many ways to immerse yourself in nature’s refreshing embrace. With multiple springs dotting the landscape, West Volusia becomes a haven for unwinding and taking a dip. These natural watering holes are not just picturesque but are also ideal for family-friendly outings. So, gear up for an unforgettable adventure, where every splash tells a story, and every swim is a journey through Florida’s stunning aquatic landscape.

Tube Down the Spring Run at Blue Spring State Park

While Blue Spring State Park is the winter home to hundreds of manatees, for the rest of the year, it’s home to only a few, floating in the constant 72-degree, crystal-clear spring water. During the majority of the year, the spring run of Blue Spring opens for swimming, tubing, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Equipment is available for rent at the center of the park, with canoes and kayaks available further down the spring run.

Explore the Depths

While you’re in the water, why not work on getting your scuba certification? Based in Orange City, Florida Dive Company offers various classes, including beginner scuba diving training, advanced training, specialty courses, and refresher courses. Additionally, they offer multiple scuba experiences for those short on time, allowing exploration of the underwater world. Already a certified diver? They also provide Guided Adventure Dives at some of Florida’s top-rated fresh and saltwater locations year-round.

Cool off in DeLeon Springs

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DeLeon Springs State Park is a favorite for fishing, canoeing, and pontooning. Like its sister spring at Blue Spring State Park, DeLeon Springs’ water remains at a constant 72 degrees, making it great for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. While you’re there, check out the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant. Known for its pancakes, the restaurant is equipped with griddles at every table, allowing guests to cook their food at the tables.

Go for a River Cruise



River Cruises and Scenic Charters offer a fantastic way to discover Florida’s only American Heritage River, the St. Johns River. Tours are available at both Blue Spring and DeLeon Springs State Parks through their official partner. St. Johns River Eco Tours, operating out of Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort in DeBary, is another excellent option. Now offering twilight tours, they provide a unique opportunity to experience the river and its wildlife in a different light. If you prefer a more self-paced adventure, consider renting a houseboat for a live-aboard experience. Houseboats are available at various locations, allowing for an intimate encounter with the natural beauty and wildlife at every turn on the St. Johns River Blueway.

Paddling Adventures



West Volusia County boasts numerous opportunities for paddling trails on and around the St. Johns River, including the Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail. Part of the greater St. Johns River system, this 10-mile-long trail encircles Hontoon Island, offering paddlers the choice of exploring either the Hontoon Dead River or Snake Creek.

There are two points for launching crafts along this picturesque trail – one at French Avenue off U.S. 17/92, and another at the Hontoon Island State Park boat ramp near the end of Hontoon Road off Old New York Avenue.

More information on West Volusia County can be picked up at 116 W. New York Avenue in Downtown DeLand, FL, or can be found online at www.visitwestvolusia.com. Please call 386-734-0162 for more information.