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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    We took a kayak tour . Our guide Was really nice and we learned a lot from him . The water is beautiful  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I love this place, whether its camping, or just a day visit. The water is refreshing. Blue Springs is a great getaway.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I loved visiting and will return soon. Keep in mind that the swimming areas close in the winter when the manatees are seeking warmer waters. Call ahead and check the weather for a better experience. Y...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    We drove two 1/2 hours three times before we got in so be on time. Watch out for leches and ticks. Amazing place tho only wish there was more hiking options and if you going free diving in the caves watch out for divers they have no respect for free drivers a couple times my friends didn't make it up cause the divers got in there way and just stared at them
  • June 1, 2017
    Beautiful park, but it can get very, very busy. You can tube, kayak, canoe, or snorkel the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring and see an amazing number of fish--on a quiet day. I would not recommend visiting on a holiday weekend. The park can easily exceed its capacity and will close. If you get in, you can expect to wait in lines, so avoid prime times.
  • June 6, 2017
    Stayed on Site 20 - Park was great and convenient. If you bring your own kayak/canoe, recommend launching at French Landing just outside of the park entrance. It's a lot less carrying your boat then where you can launch inside the park. The spring is great, plenty of sea life, and even got to see a manatee and 3 otters swimming around.
  • June 20, 2017
    Educational, relaxing, love ride on the water with super great guide explaining every little detail as go along on the river. The swimming pool of was very cold but A way to cool off from the hot sun .enjoyed the table's to eat at. All around great day. Friendly people.
  • June 12, 2017
    This spring is a great place to go float in an inner tube, snorkel, or practice your free diving skills. There are manatees, but we didn't go during that season. There were plenty of kids, so it is kid friendly. As it is a state park, there is an entrance fee per car. The drawbacks are the horse flies and little bugs that bite you in the air. There also is little diversity in the fish species.

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