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Blue Spring State Park

2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
386–775–3663
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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Lovely lovely state park filled with wildlife. We saw Eagles, turtles, manatees and more. People were so quiet and respectful of the nature around them, our experience of the place was enhanced. We ate our lunch in the picnic area and I was unfortunately bit or stung by a number of insects...very itchy. Perhaps the eating areas could have some... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We go to Blue Springs specifically to see the manatees and the best time to go is a cold day. When the river gets below 72 degrees the manatees come in to the spring. It's best to go early as you can as if it warms up they leave the spring. There is a platform 'dock' which is the best... More

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Menlo Park, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Every time we drive from Orlando to Daytona (we do that annually, to visit family), my wife loves to stop at Blue Spring to see the manatees. The colder, the better, because the manatees flock to Blue Spring for the temperate water. The water is typical Florida spring water - crystal clear, and terrific for seeing the manatees and calves... More

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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clayton,oh
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15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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