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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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  • Everyone seems to head here when the weather is cold, and the Manatees are seeking warmer water. Unfortunately, we were there when it was quite hot, so not a Manatee to be found! That did not take.....  more
    Everyone seems to head here when the weather is cold, and the Manatees are seeking warmer water. Unfortunately, we were there when it was quite hot, so not a Manatee to be found! That did not take.....  more »
  • Fun to see the Manatees, the parking lot fills up quickly and the manatees leave as the day gets warmer. would recommend getting there at opening. Manatees are usually only there during cooler weather 
    Fun to see the Manatees, the parking lot fills up quickly and the manatees leave as the day gets warmer. would recommend getting there at opening. Manatees are usually only there during cooler weather  more »
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  • Blue Springs is always worth a visit. For a small entrance fee per car and visit (unless one purchases an annual pass) one can make use of the many camping grounds, kayaking, tubing or just nature walking opportunities or partake in a boat tour along St John's river (additional fees apply). Kayaks and tubes can be rented for a small fee as well. Swimming and tubing is only allowed when manatees are not present. Otherwise the area offers various boardwalks and platforms to enjoy nature and wildlife including good views of manatees, various birds, gators etc. A small cafeteria offers snacks and souvenirs can be bought in the small gift shop. All in all a nice, relaxing area that is always worth a visit.
  • Cost 6 dollars a car, well worth it. Its a beautiful park very clean ,family friendly park that also has lots of manatees that come in and are easily visible in the winter months. I went in January and it was amazing. Lots of fish, turtles, manatees, owls, and birds. They have very clean bathrooms and a little gift shop on sight with boat and kayak rentals for a reasonable price. You can spend all day there or just stop in to see the wild life

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