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 arrived soon after the park opened in order to see the manatees. There were probably about a dozen manatees, plenty of fish, and waterfowl to enjoy watching.  more »
  • On the day of our visit, the manatee count was 175,and we were not disappointed! The boardwalk trail is an easy walk, and the viewing areas are a great place to see these magnificent creatures! Be sur...  more »
  • From the easy trip to get there to the rangers to the manatees it was a wonderful experience. The day started off cool so the spring was full of manatees. We counted at least 50 and some of them were ...  more »
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  • One of the country's coolest and most unique experience. We attended in early November and had the park almost entirely to ourselves except for the friendly squirrels, fearless wild turkeys and majestic manatees. We saw 6 manatees in the crystal clear springs during our visit. The park was so quiet, you could hear the sea cows taking big breaths from hundreds of yards away. Highly recommended if you are looking for a unique animal encounter and neat hiking experience.
  • I went today for hiking, but I was hoping to see some manatees too. I did have a great hike, but sadly the manatees did not come out to play. Pine Island Hiking Trail took me 3.6 miles out in a big half loop to the river. The downside is you have to turn around and hike the same path back. They really should make a shorter connection path to finish the loop. The hike was mostly nice except that most of it was along an unfinished access road. Part of the road was pure powdery sand which is really horrible for hiking. After that section it was pretty enjoyable though. There is a random smattering of photos attached. Enjoy.
  • This place is really nice. It is all outdoors you can see a bunch of Manatees. The wildlife is amazing here. It has so much history behind the Blue Spring State Park. The water is beautiful. I just wish the swimming was open although I completely understand why it was not. Swimming is closed from November to either beginning or March or end of March depending on the weather.
  • Excellent spot to view a winter home for Manatees. Cold days in January and February are best viewing. There is also a two hour narrated boat trip with great wildlife viewing. There is also a guided kayak trip into the wildlife preserve. Canoes and kayaks can also be rented. In warmer months tubing and swimming in the spring is available. There are picnic tables, snack bars and rest room facilities available. Camping is also available. During manatee season get there early or you may not get in at all.
  • 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.
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