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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  • Very quiet and serene. We went in early December and got to see lots of Manatees walking the boardwalk. Not crowded at all.. You can rent kayaks and go down the St Johns River or take a guided boat to...  more »
  • Went for the manatee migration and glad we did. It was awesome watching these beautiful creatures up close in the crystal clear water of blue springs. Saw several babies also  more »
  • This is such a beautiful Park. They have nice walking areas, places to swim (when permitted), a local historic house, a little shop, and of course Manatees!!! Lots of different areas to view manatees ...  more »
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  • Went for a wonderful boat ride on a beautiful Sunday morning on the St John's river. You catch the boat inside Blue Springs park. There were only 7 people on the boat, so we had it to ourselves. The guide was a local native, so she knew the river channels well. I saw a small alligator resting on a fallen log. The mother was close by, just her eye balls were above the water watching! Saw several green box turtles sunning on a fallen tree. Saw 5 baby blue heron chicks in the thick grass, waiting for Mom to bring food. Had a real nice boat ride, on a quiet morning on the river. Couldn't ask for a better way to spend the day!
  • My wife and I went yesterday and the weather outside was a typical late Summer, inland Florida day. Oppressively hot with above average humidity. We arrived shortly before Noon and paid $6 to enter the park. We parked our car, walked down to the gift shop to rent our tubes, which cost $5 for the first hour, and $2.50 an hour for every hour thereafter. Safety lockers for car keys, glasses, and other things you don't want to carry, or risk getting wet, are available for 2$ or 3$ depending on size. We took the wooden walkway to the area nearest the entrance to the water. A beautiful spring fed "river" with very refreshing 70-72 degree temperature. One quickly acclimates to it, when the air is warm, as it was yesterday. We reccomend you bring goggles and swim fins for the optimal experience, especially if you plan to swim "up stream" to the "boil", where it is the deepest, and most beautiful. We saw many beautiful turtles, birds, and even a few fish. Regrettably, we arrived later in the day, and missed the manatees we had hoped to see. They suggest you arrive as early as possible to see the manatees, in the off-season. The best period to see them is between October and March, according to the employee we spoke with. Fortunately, we also "missed" the alligators, we had hoped not to see. :) All in all, a fantastic experience that we will be sure to do again. It's the simple things, really. A great day of fun for under $25, for both of us.
  • One of my favorite places on a hot summer day. You can swim up current in generally crystal clear waters, see the fish and other wild life, swim over the springs, go for a walk through the woods, and just hang out and eat. Usually crowded on weekends and holidays, but most of the time people are friendly as everyone is out to enjoy the day. There is a gift shop which also rents out tubes. You can bring your own if you want. Great place to do some under water filming as fish are usually present. Beware of snakes and spiders though, as these are harder to spot but are always around.
  • Blue Springs State Park is beautiful. My family and I went on a holiday weekend and the park wasn't packed, which I loved. Definitely a place to bring your kids and have a nice picnic for the day. They have canoes, kayaks and tubes for rent at this place. You can also go camping at this location and/ or rent a cabin to spend the night at. Dogs are allowed at Blue Spring State Park Campground, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet when outside your vehicle. Dogs are allowed at campsites, but not in Cabins. There are no pet fees.
  • I've only been to Blue Spring once. My family and I camped for a weekend and had a good time. Very nice park with great facilities. Even though it's very close to Orange City, you don't have city noise at the park. The manatees are awesome to see. We went in the winter but I bet the spring is magnificent to swim in on the hot Florida days.
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