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Blue Spring State Park, Orange City
(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Add Blue Spring State Park to your Orange City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Orange City vacation trip planner.
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  • The weather was cool out so we decided to go to Blue Springs to check out the manatees trying to stay warm. Plus a extra bonus a bay wild boar. Family fun 
  • Camped overnight in a motor home. Woke to see over 50 manatees in the river that morning. We highly recommend renting a kayak to enjoy the St John river and its manatee population. A juvenile swam up ...  more »
  • Visit Blue Springs; anytime of year. In summer- walk the tree covered wooden walk way to the top of the boil and swim in refreshing 72 degree water. Either to do some snorkeling or if you want to dive...  more »
  • Very beautiful, history site. You can see lots of wild life even off season. Boat rides, jet Sky rentals available. A clean and well kept place. Entrance is only $6 for a small compact. Ranges present to assist. River open for swimming but always to your discretion as alligators are present down river.
  • My boys absolutely love this place! This is the second time we've been, and each time we've gotten to see a few different species of aquatic wildlife and also go swimming. Water is always crystal clear and a bit chilly, but still beautiful. Can't wait to go back!
  • A great park to camp or just come for the day. Be forewarned, on hot summer days this park can get filled to capacity very quickly. So, make sure to come early or camp overnight to make sure you get in. You walk along a well maintained raised wood walkway, parallel to the springs to get to an opening to get in the springs to tub or swim. The walk isn’t too long and you're shaded by a canopy of trees. At certain times during the year you may get a chance to see Manatees, they’re more abundant during the cold months as they try to stay warm in the 73 degree water from the springs. Camping at Blue Springs is a great option too. It’s setup for tents or RV’s and the sites are surrounded by foliage to help add to the privacy of each of the campsites. The camp site is a short walk to the Blue Springs along a cleared path, that is well marked. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the springs from the campsites. The restroom area was clean and in good working order. While tent camping we did hear some wild animals walking through the campsite, but no issues or emergencies happened. The campsites have power, a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. Blue Springs Park is a great family adventure where you’ll get the chance to see nature at its finest.
  • I have been to this park many times and love it personally. The scenery is very compact yet full of surprises every time you visit. It is a great natural place all year round: swimming in summer and manatee watch in winter.
  • It's a great place for going kayaking went there with my oncle and family (we're from Germany). I especially loved the Manatees which are so cool. All in all it's a well kept place