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Blue Spring State Park

Address: 2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
Phone Number: 386–775–3663
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Orange City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Blue Spring State Park is a short drive from where we live in Deland. We love to go in the cooler weather to admire the manatees, and in the summer for tubing and relaxing. When we visited this January, we saw several manatees, a huge alligator, turtles, numerous birds and fish. We have often seen otters here too. It's a... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

From November to April you can see the Manatee up close from wooded walkways that are wheelchair accessible. We saw 50+ Manatee, an alligator, lots of different turtles, Gar, catfish and numerous other types of fish. The waters are crystal clear and you can get very close to the wildlife.

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Vail, Colorado
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124 reviews 124 reviews
15 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place for a nature and history excursion to see the Manatees. The boardwalks are thoughtfully positioned and the info boards with the area history about the rivers, manatees, settlers, paddlewheel steamers and native indians are really cool. The vegetation is gorgeous and made me feel a bit like I was in Jurassic Park. The water is... More 

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Sorrento, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Florida's state parks provide a lot of value for visitors of all ages, and Blue Spring State Park is no exception. Where else can you go and see plenty of manatees up close in crystal-clear water? On the day of our visit, we saw several dozen manatees, including some babies. This park is teeming with wildlife. We saw big turtles,... More 

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Gorebridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

If you visit Orlando between November and March, then this is a place you should visit without fail. The entry fee to the park is 6 Dollars and it offers the perfect Park frenzy antidote. The water is crystal clear with several viewing platforms where you can watch the wintering manatee with their young. In one area alone we counted... More 

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Warrenton, Missouri, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of manatees in the springs! The temp of the water is 72 so the manatees come up the river to the springs. Water is clear, you can see lots of fish too. Just a fun experience. Go!

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The park is great. There's are nice trails, boardwalk, observation of manatee overlooks, river cruises, canoe rental and mountain bike trails. Excellent park for many activities. We also stayed in Cabin 5 for two nights.. The cabin was subpar for several reasons/deficiencies. I presented my list to the front gate at check out. She did not seem interested or compliant.... More 

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Carrollton, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Get there early in the day, there is a line of cars from late morning on and they limit the number of people in the park. We camped. The sites are separated, very clean and quiet. Bathhouses also clean and perfectly functional. Reservations highly recommended. Also recommend the boat tour, the guides are very knowledgeable and you see lots of... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Was there on 1.20.15. Saw lots of Manatee. Beautiful setting. Get there early as the park filles up. Bring a picnic lunch, they have the tables.

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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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18 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

As others have said, this is a wonderful place to observe manatees, but we also saw alligators, turtles, wild birds, and flora which was magnificent. The $6 parking charge certainly is reasonable, and the boardwalks take you right to the best viewing places. We loved it!

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