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Blue Spring State Park

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Address: 2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
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State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping,...

State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Early bird gets the worm

We arrived at Blue Springs about 8:30 in the morning. Upon arrival there were very few cars there. We had the chance to see several manatee in the spring. We rented two canoes and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Indiana
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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at Blue Springs about 8:30 in the morning. Upon arrival there were very few cars there. We had the chance to see several manatee in the spring. We rented two canoes and went out on the river. The manatee swam right up to our canoe. It went under the canoe and almost lifted us out of the water.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Blue Spring State Park and the beauty and peacefulness that surrounded us. I definitely agree with the excellent descriptions other people have noted. I would like to add that for someone who is challenged by walking long distances, park in the first parking lot you come to located next to the concessions area. Then if you walk right... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friends took me to visit this park while I was staying at Daytona Beach for a month. I WAS TOTALLY UNPREPARED* Not only was I as excited as a little kid to encounter Manatees but, the sheer majesty, tranquility and peacefulness of the park blew me away! Trees of so many types and spanish moss throughout hanging off the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Blue Spring State Park is not managed well. We had to drive an hour to get there, so prior to going, we called ahead to the park to ask questions about availability to enter park, and manatee count that day. No one answered the phone. We reached an answering machine. So we drive the hour to the park. Once we... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Manatees, fish and birds oh my! Great retreat. Loads of outdoor space for picnics, exercise & water activities. Playground, gift shop & on site camping avail. Narrated 2 hour boat tour is $25 pp. Admission to state park is $6 per car load. Nice day trip. Close enough to ORL for a variety of lunch/dinner options.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The ranger at there gate said there were 106 manatees in there park. There sure were a lot of them sunning themselves in the spring. Tge waters are very clear. The boat tours are reported to be great but we arrived too late for the 10AM tour and too much time before the 1PM. We'll plan better next visit. We... More 

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Rescue, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived early to get the first boat cruise of the morning (and to avoid the crowded parking lot) on the St. John's River. After the cruise, which I highly recommend..we strolled up the boardwalk toward the spring itself. There were manatees, gators, insects, deer and squirrels just about everywhere we looked. The gift shop and snack counter were very... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place has the most amazingly clear water. The water comes from a natural spring and the temperature is about 73 degrees. When the water in the adjoining St. Johns river gets cold the manatees congregate to Blue Springs because the water is so warm compared to the St. Johns river. You can swim, snorkel and scuba dive. We loved... More 

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Seabreeze. NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the river cruise through the park that was amazing !! Captain Wayne & first mate Kayla were as excited as we where seeing all the animals. The captain told us wonderful stories of the St John river. Just so cool . He pointed out the wild life and plants .Wow you should have seen the size of... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful of the true florida. We love the park with the board walks thru the wood and such a pretty water front on the st john's river. Rent a canoe or take the river cruise. It is also great for swimming in the summer but beware of the wild life.

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