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Blue Spring State Park

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2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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Manatee Wonderland!

The kayak rentals worked out perfectly. We rented two tandem kayaks. First we started out with... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Watch the manatees

We really liked this park. During the winter, the water activities are not available because... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2015
Arvada, Colorado
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State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“john's river” (60 reviews)
“swimming area” (43 reviews)
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The kayak rentals worked out perfectly. We rented two tandem kayaks. First we started out with one canoe, but it was way too uncomfortable, so we switched to a kayak. The manatees were so easy to find in the lagoon, we were astonished. There were...More

2  Thank Sawwhetowls2
Reviewed December 15, 2015

We really liked this park. During the winter, the water activities are not available because manatees swim up the river to enjoy the 72° spring water. Watching the manatees , though, is a wonderful way to pass the time. The park is beautiful. A several...More

Thank lmc14645
Reviewed December 11, 2015

We felt like we were in a slice of heaven. This park is beautiful and being able to watch the manatees was even better. Make a picnic and spend some time here to enjoy gods creations.

2  Thank Selina M
Reviewed December 11, 2015

Walk at your leisure, experience the whole area, the manatees are so much fun to watch, you can spend a small amount of time or spend all day take a picnic lunch. Sit along the walkway at intervals.

1  Thank Diane W
Reviewed December 9, 2015

This is a nice spread out park. You can camp, hike, get a cabin, kayak, swim or site see. It's I believe $2 a person to get in. Worth the money. Make sure you wear wet shoes int he water or you will cut up...More

1  Thank Hazelali1107
Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for something to do "off the beaten path" for a couple hours, and this was perfect. We spent $6 to get our car in the park and had a relaxing time. We saw a ton of fish and at least 20 manatee.

1  Thank ERICAandADAM
Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This park is a gem. The walking trails along the blue spring are absolutely lovely. The spring is crystal clear. We saw four manatees lounging in the river, coming up to breathe every few minutes. The other wildlife is also worth the visit- alligator gar...More

Thank Acooper913
Reviewed December 1, 2015

I was so looking forward to seeing manatees in their natural environment and planned a special stop on our vacation from Orlando to Daytona. We travelled all the way from Canada to see them! Unfortunately the weather in Florida has been unseasonably warm and they...More

Thank alittletlp
Reviewed November 30, 2015

We wanted to show our kids the manatee's and here is the perfect place in the winter. Park opened at 8 and we had the entire boardwalk to ourselves for over 2 hours. Very peaceful and recommend it to anyone.

Thank Thomas R
Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

I spent the day at Blue Spring State park with my family early November this year. This place is so tranquil and beautiful and exceeded my expectations. We rented kayaks and went throughout the springs for only $10pp. We were lucky as it was the...More

1  Thank KatieRose2014
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July 17, 2017|
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Response from mountain22 | Reviewed this property |
The open daily at 0800, however, do not get any later than 1000. Have fun, enjoy 👍
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Brenda M | Reviewed this property |
There is a two areas 1. The "springs" were People swim and all you can put it in there. 2. Another area in the park that you can Possibly put boats in, but your actually putting it into the st Johns river.
Kris H
I am getting very confused as I research state parks where manatees are likely to be and swimming is also allowed. It seems "swimming WITH manatees" is strictly prohibited, which I can understand but swimming is allowed... I'm trying to figure out where lines cross. If I go swimming here and manatees happen to be present and approach me, will I get in trouble? I am not looking to harass any wild life at all but I know manatees, like dolphins, can be curious and friendly and am trying to figure out what is and is not okay. On the one hand I see video clips of people receiving Manatee "kisses" and giving manatees belly rubs who initiate contact through YouTube videos and on the other hand I see disclaimers from every park I look at saying swimming WITH manatees is prohibited. I just want to be able to enjoy my trip without worrying about breaking any laws. Thank you, in advance, to anyone who can clear this up for me.
June 14, 2017|
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Response from claudelboisclair | Reviewed this property |
If you go to Blue Spring , you will find one of the best place to be in the world, But if you go there to swim in the river , no alligator and no manatees will be there and it is perfect and correct this way.When they allow... More