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Gamble Place Opening This Week!

Friday, 4 July, will be the reopening day for the public to access the Gamble Place property. Cracker Creek offers self-guided tours of the building exteriors and guided tours inside the antique homes. The guided tours are at 10am and 1pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Access to the Gamble Place is at the Cracker Creek main office where you pay for admittance. This is in association with the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences and members get free admission for these offers.

Where to Paddle or Tour Spruce Creek!

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Hours of Operation:  Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Call Us:  (386) 304-0778       Click to email us

Location:  1795 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL 32128 (South Daytona)

Cracker Creek is an environmental and historical treasure of Port Orange. Located on the western side of scenic Spruce Creek, this 20 acre sanctuary is a natural home for a variety of endangered plants and animals that can be seen by boat or on foot. Cracker Creek is a pure nature preserve and is perfect for many recreational activities such as boating, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, group camping, and hiking.

The lifeline of Cracker Creek preserve is a unique natural black water system known as Spruce Creek. It is a rare waterway because it remains one of a few unspoiled streams in Florida, and it is very much like other tributaries such as the Amazon river. Touring the channels of Cracker Creek by boat is an enriching and relaxing experience for everyone. While slowly drifting down these streams, many different habitats can be seen including dense forests, saltwater swamps, freshwater bogs, and cypress marshes. Adventuring into the wetlands and winding cypress trees, visitors will find alligators, raccoons, various types of lizards, turtles, Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, and Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers.

Like pioneer explorers, guests will experience this tranquil pristine land and river stories on their own or as a group. Cracker Creek’s launch site is the only public access to Spruce Creek west of Highway US1. Watercraft rentals include life vests, safety gear, and paddles. Private pontoon guided tours can be arranged for small groups as well as pirate-themed or sunset boat rides. Visitors can also choose to enjoy and explore nature on our regularly scheduled pontoon boat eco-tours. Picnic areas, restroom facilities, and other amenities are convenient to the handicap-accessible boat launch with transportation provided for those in need.

We suggest you call ahead or email us to make reservations for any of our services. Some of our services include:

  • Canoe, kayak, and hydrobike rentals
  • Guided kayak eco-tours up and down beautiful Spruce Creek
  • Narrated Florida and Natural history pontoon boat tours
  • Themed field trips and summer camps for groups
  • Pavilion rental and catering service for reunions, parties, meetings, weddings, picnics, or dinner cruises
  • Fishing, private boat launch, and group camping availability
  • Handicap-accessible buidlings, golf carts, and transport trams as complimentary service for visitors

Group events available 7 days a week, with advanced reservations. For more information about any of our services, check out the menu bar at the top of this page.

 

Spruce Creek Tides

Thu 07/24
01:38 AM 0.32 L
07:35 AM 2.64 H
01:56 PM -0.05 L
08:14 PM 2.82 H
Fri 07/25
02:23 AM 0.28 L
08:20 AM 2.69 H
02:39 PM -0.06 L
08:54 PM 2.87 H
Hours are approximate for Spruce Creek levels due to distance from Ponce Inlet station. Height units are in feet.

National Geographic Geotourism Gulf Coast

National Geographic Geotourism Site

Cracker Creek TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Cracker Creek Trip Advisor 2014 Award
 

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