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Blue Spring State Park

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

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Shipley, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We love it at Blue Spring and we go there every year when we're over for Black Friday, as the manatees are in for the Winter. They overwinter there, as the water, which rises in Blue Spring - over 100 million gallons each day - is a constant 72F (22C) and manatees cannot survive for long in temperatures below 68F... More

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San Diego
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I kayaked around and went into the springs and there were manatees everywhere! If there are too many manatees there, they don't allow kayakers but go anyway. You get a great view of the beautiful springs area from a boardwalk. The park is very large and clean. I was there on a week day and there were not many people.... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

beautiful spot to visit ...trees, moss, birds and river available to enjoy. clean restrooms and snack bar.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We visited on a cool misty day and the manatees were just arriving. The boardwalk is well-maintained and has numerous push-outs from which to view the manatees. The water is clear and clean. Lovely place for a picnic, although the person at the little food store was less than helpful. The people in the gift store were very excited about... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Nature lovers will love this slice of Old Florida, and the park has made many improvements since I last visited back in the mid-1980s. The boardwalk along the spring run makes it easy to see the flora and fauna in the spring. The camp store and gift shop were clean and well stocked, and the restrooms were clean, but could... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Just beautiful, and there are manatees! The grounds are perfect for a picnic. There are amenities such as canoe rental and gift store, plenty of bathrooms. Restored plantation home is fun to walk through and the veranda with rocking chairs is perfect for relaxing and people-watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Visited here with my partner and kids ( age 14 & 8) as we wanted a break from the Orlando norm and we're not disappointed. After an easy run there, albeit slightly worrying as it seemed to be in the middle of a built up area, we arrived and we're greeted by very friendly staff with directions on where to... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Wow! We visited the park when the manatee were there and decided to rent two canoes to see them closer. At about $25 it was such a bargain!! The manatee swam under and around us and it was just awesome! I would highly recommend visiting!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Love love this place very relaxing. Kids love the Manatees, the history of Blue Springs, we got to see and Armadillo and lots of nature.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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122 reviews 122 reviews
32 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The manatee are magical and we had lots to see. Park officials said they had counted 92 that morning. Because of the large number, swimming was not allowed the day we visited. We started our afternoon with a picnic, then took a short walk down to the observation area. Our friend in a power wheelchair was able to go on... More

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