Blue Spring State Park, Orange City

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Swim, camp, dive, fish, go kayaking, and take a real jungle expedition at Blue Spring State Park, an ancient home of the Timucuan tribe. Stretching over 1,000 hectare (2,600 acre) of land, this park offers an array of eco-activities. Fifty-one camp sites, 27 of which are equipped with electricity, can be reserved if you plan on staying longer. Even a few air-conditioned cabins in the woods are available. While swimming is popular, it is not allowed during the season when manatees are present. Also, when the park reaches full capacity, no one may enter until space opens up, so you are advised to arrive early. Put Blue Spring State Park into our Orange City travel itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We went during December and we saw a lot of manatees! On the day that we were there, the manatee count was 347. We did the canoe and got closed contact with the manatees. They were like next to us. It...  more »
  • We were here around Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law. We thought it would be too warm to see manatees. We were pleasantly surprised to see about 20! There were loads of fish, an alligator and plenty...  more »
  • My husband and I came to see the manatees. It took a good 20 minutes to go through the gate, felt like we were waiting to enter an attraction park, that was the only downside. Everything else is what ...  more »
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  • What an amazing place to visit, especially this time of year (January ) with hundreds of manatees to see up close in their natural setting. Nicely maintained boardwalk trails, clean bathrooms, gift store with good quality souvenirs, and a well stocked camp store with concession selling ice cream and hot dogs round out the amenities. Rocking chairs outside the store gives it a homey feel and of course there are picnic pavilions. We just go there for the day so we can't say a lot about the campgrounds but everything appears well maintained. We're happy that leashed dogs are welcome on the trails. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Definitely a five star experience, perfect for families and tourists looking to see natural Florida in all its beauty.
  • Went there to watch manatees on our trip to Florida . It is beautiful place . The river is so clear you can see everything. That day they counted 280 manatees in the river. We saw the alligator and turtles. A lot of birds and fish every size available . Highly recommended to visit especially on winter time manatees season. The price is only $6 for the car. But try to come earlier in the morning the place is very popular and park is filling up very fast . So you can avoid waiting in the line to get into the park .
  • This is a relatively modest size Park, but it really gets to the point when you see all the manatees in the springs within the first minute or two that you got there. There's no huge hike, there's no 'the manatees may or may not be there', they're pretty much always there and they're pretty easy to see, although getting a good photo of a manatee isn't the easiest thing to do. What really makes the experience complete, is taking one of the boat tours that are available in the park. The captain and assistant are very knowledgeable, and have great eyes to spot all the various Wildlife that you'll see during the 2-hour tour. This is close to a five-star experience with the boat tour, it's closer to a three or three and a half star experience without the boat tour. My youngest, who is eight, had just enough interest to make it through the 2 hour boat tour, if your children have slightly less attention spans, you may want to reconsider taking a boat tour.
  • One of my favorite springs. The crystal clear waters allow you to see all sorts of cool fish and other creatures. I've seen gators, otters, gar, turtles and other exotic wildlife. The spring stays the same temperature with its water the whole year and in the winters the manatees go there to stay warm but unfortunately they close the swimming part of it to protect the manatees. Sometimes you cam bring or rent a tube and float above the spring. A lot of scuba divers go into the springs to explore the caves. You could also rent canoes and cabins. There is a boat tour twice a day for a reasonable price.
  • Gorgeous park! Whether your visiting in the summer for swimming and tubing or in the cooler months for (ample) manatee viewing, you’ll love this place. Peaceful, fun, and super clean and well-maintained. The campsites are secluded, the bathrooms are immaculate, even kinda stylish (and air-conditioned, which is a rarity for a state park). There’s abundant wildlife and stunning nature everywhere. One of our very favorite places to camp in Florida. Also, great to just visit for the day. Also, Ranger Tommy rocks!

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