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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. PutBlue 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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  • Both brothers came to Florida to visit with me. All three of us enjoyed the experience at Blue Springs State Park. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze and the wood walkway was mostly in the shade... 
    Both brothers came to Florida to visit with me. All three of us enjoyed the experience at Blue Springs State Park. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze and the wood walkway was mostly in the shade...  more »
  • Kayaking the St Johns River and it was full of wildlife. Kayaking, tubing and hiking the Spring was epic. Manatees right next to us and huge fish in crystal clear water. The park is clean and well... 
    Kayaking the St Johns River and it was full of wildlife. Kayaking, tubing and hiking the Spring was epic. Manatees right next to us and huge fish in crystal clear water. The park is clean and well...  more »
  • What an awesome time we had here. Entrance wasn’t an issue, but we went on a Friday morning. I did read that the park will close once capacity has been reached. There are two sections of the park... 
    What an awesome time we had here. Entrance wasn’t an issue, but we went on a Friday morning. I did read that the park will close once capacity has been reached. There are two sections of the park...  more »
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  • My.mom and I went here to check out this beautiful Spring. We hiked a little, walked the boardwalk along the spring area and did a 2 hour cruise on the St John's River. It was so peaceful and wasn't very crowded when we went. You can swim, tube, snorkel and dive the area. The water is so clear, but 72 degrees, a little to cold for me. We saw a few manatee, but during winter time this place gets over 700 manatees coming in. Beautiful place and recommend.
  • Exceptionally beautiful spring and spring run. The boardwalk is also an easily accessible path which you have the potential to see so much wildlife from. One of the best places to see manatees as well during the winter. The park staff do a great job with maintaining this park. There’s also a hiking path inside the park accessible from the lower parking lot called pine island trail… east but long and very little shade In Some parts. I love visiting this place and have done so many many times!
  • Wonderful time with friends. Manatees, gators and bird oh my. Beautiful day, went on the boat ride. Best time in a long time. They knew what they were doing. The lady knew her animals and their stories as she picked them out and the gentleman knew his boat to get close to the animals as he could get. Great team. Then we went to the swimming hole and saw more manatees and they had a guide to make sure nothing harmed them. Swimming hole cold but, refreshing.
  • BEAUTIFUL! You definitely want to get there early as it gets full pretty quickly! The spring closes during certain times of the year because of the manatee activity. We were fortunate enough to see some manatees enjoying the spring. There's a small store where you can buy food and a gift shop. There are plenty of tables and areas through out if you want to enjoy a picnic. Plenty of signs available to educate you throughout as to the manatees, fish and other fun facts. There's also a boat tour available. The walk way that takes you from one end of the spring to the open area is wide enough that is wheelchair accessible and/or stroller friendly. Camp sites are available as well if you are fortunate enough to snag reservations. Its not a huge park, but definitely a great place to spend a few hours enjoying nature at its finest! Be sure your camera is fully charged because I assure you, you will be a lean mean picture taking machine!
  • Heavenly experience! Serene, well cared for, easy access, lots of paths and walk ways to the water. They need more seating areas. People come and put their stuff on picnic tables all day so there is no available seating. Bring inner tubes. The water is deep in some places. It's 74 degrees but it feels cold. The spring pushes you back down stream so be prepared to swim. Bring water shoes if you don't want to touch the bottom of the river. Many trees down in the water, some you have to climb/swim over. Bring your snorkeling gear if you want to look into the spring. From the surface it looks like a dark hole and there are two fallen trees across it. There are tons of fish some huge floating down river. Very cool. We saw turtles also. When we first arrived there was a manatee swimming at the bottom of the steps that lead into the swimming area. It had a floating devise attached to it's tail so you could see where it was. There was a woman in a canoe with a vest that read "Manatee Observer" who thanked all the swimmers for being patient while the manatee swam away. Another manatee observer was on the deck letting new arriving swimmers why they couldn't swim yet. Everyone was very cooperative. Pretty much everyone was mesmerized by the slow moving graceful manatee. We all felt pretty blessed to see this wonder to behold. God is so good! Nature is so amazing!

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