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Blue Spring State Park, Orange City

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 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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  • We went here to get away from the pace of Orlando and we were so pleased we did. It was lovely. We weren't very organised so didn't take a picnic or anything but we had a fab day. We went mid-week so ...  read more »
  • This is a lovely nature park to visit for a couple hours or pack a picnic lunch and stay all day. Beautiful walk along the waterway boardwalk to the spring. There's a playground for the kids. There's ...  read more »
  • It is an amazing Park, the natural color of its waters, the breeze, animals. Wonderful patch to do canoeing or kayaking with your partner.
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  • 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.
  • Stayed in the campground over Christmas Holiday one time. Perfect time to go! There were probably 200 to 300 Manatee in the springs. The camp grounds are separated by hedges so you never see your neighbors unless they walk by on the road in front of your site. Book early to get a spot.
  • Called at 1130a and was told that the park is closing for overcrowding and that they were reopening at 3-4p. Apparently they only let 20 cars in at a time and then close the park intermediately. Stupid way to run a park. When I asked when the least busiest day to come by the park, the guy on the phone was very sarcastic. Not interested in coming to the park if that's the kind of people they have working there. There's plenty of other options, no reason to go to a park that's constantly crowded and has rude staff.
  • Yikes. The Canoe/kayak rental staff there is AWFUL. I went at 930 AM. Guy at the rental didn't even greet me when I approached; he just immediately asked with an attitude "so, you know the routine?" I had to check his manners and remind him to say good morning to people when they approach. The tour guide staff weren't that friendly either; very gruff and don't even say good morning. The park is beautiful but the staff (hate to say it) are very white trash and make the experience feel cheap. I prefer to go to one of the other springs.
  • Bello lugar ,magnifico para respirar aire puro
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