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Address: 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
Phone Number: +1 386-775-3663
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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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Heavenly place: peaceful and magic

First time I saw a manatee in the wild, and so close! We could observe an entire group for hours as they were swimming across the river. As we reached the spring, the colors... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First time I saw a manatee in the wild, and so close! We could observe an entire group for hours as they were swimming across the river. As we reached the spring, the colors became amazingly intense: such a blue and green that filled the heart. It was also interesting to visit the house of the family that gave birth... More 

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visit Blue Springs to see Manatees during the winter season. The manatees migrate to the springs during cooler months. Many of the Manatee cows are nursing young. The clear blue springs provide excellent visibility and long winding boardwalks to provide numerous viewing spots. Skip the theme parks and see one of natures wonders. No swimming allowed during Manatee season. In... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Blue Spring is simply stunning. Such a peaceful place, with SO much wildlife, and incredible scenery. We visited at the beginning of December and saw autumnal colours in the trees, SO many birds - limpets, herons, red-shouldered hawks, a bald eagle, alligators and beautiful manatees. The light tends to be better in the morning for seeing manatees, although you could... More 

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ohio
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Blue Springs is a wonderful place to nature watch. The manatees come to the springs in Winter for the warm crustal clear water. We took the St. Johns River boat ride. We arrived two hours early. This is a good idea this time of year . When they have a large number of visitors they close the park. We walked... More 

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Newfields, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do This! This is a real "close encounter" for only $6 bucks!!! We saw over 20 Manatees in the wild! The Manatees were within, at most, 6 feet from our vantage point on the boardwalk! As a surprise, additional bonus, we saw huge catfish, wild piglets and armadillos! This is a truly beautiful national park and more over a national... More 

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1 Thank Kevin T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of those beautiful places one wants to keep all to themselves. Beautiful surroundings for walking, talking, spotting and photography. The Spring is something out of this world as we know it. We've traveled to many countries in search of the clearest water and here the clearest is right near home.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely park for people who love wildlife. At this time of year the manatees are coming into the warm springs. On 21 November we saw more than 100. We also saw wild pigs, armadillo, alligators, turtles and many different varieties of birds. The boat trip was interesting. You can also rent kayaks and go on segways round... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little piece of Heaven! We decided to go visit Blue Spring park on this chilly day, knowing manatees would make their way in to warmer water. The water is crystal clear. The long boardwalk allows you to see nature very conveniently. We did spot many manatees, turtles, alligators, birds, all sorts of fish... A photographer's dream. It costs $6... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a peaceful, serene park. The water is clear and lovely. We saw several manatees with their babies (amazing creatures) and walked the trail to the end. We didn't have 2 hours for the boat ride but would allow time for a longer visit if I return which would be a day the Thurston House was open too. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my wife and two long time friends. Enjoyed observing fish, reptiles, and manatee in crystal clear water near springs. Swimming is an option and some swimmers were present, but we passed on a cool mid Nov afternoon. No swimming at the spring after manatees get near enough to the actual spring which was sure to be only days... More 

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