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“Serene, beautiful piece of Florida”

Blue Spring State Park
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Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Orange City
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Owner description: State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Reviewed June 7, 2011

This is a must do for any nature lover. Peak viewing times are from mid fall to mid spring, basically when it is cooler. I have been out to Blue Springs on some really cold days and have seen several hundred manatees in the run at once. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place and really puts you in touch with nature. There are some informative displays if you walk back into the spring area, just off the nature trail. The front area has picnic tables and a small playground. If you do go, please appreciate that others are trying to take in the beauty of the place, and control your kids...that is the only thing I dislike about this place: many parents let their kids run wild out here. There are numerous viewing areas that overhang the water, so that you can get an up close and personal view of the manatees and the fish in the spring run. The water is crystal clear in most places, affording you a wonderful view of the manatees. If you have never seen manatees, this is a must do! Hopefully seeing these manatees in such a setting will make you realize that they need to be protected. There are only a couple thousand of them left in the wild. Boating activities, coupled with the recent cold Florida winters, have taken a really hard toll on them. Go to Blue Springs, you will not regret it!

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Reviewed May 25, 2011

That is one very mystical amazing place. If you visit between September and March you can observe the manatees since the spring water is warmer than the water from close by St Johns river. It is truly an experience to watch these gentle giants which closest relatives are actually elephants.

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Reviewed May 7, 2011

This is a wonderful place to go. The lagoon was crisp and refreshing and the wildlife are one of a kind. Even during the off season we were able to swim with the manatee! The layout was easy and the terrain was pleasant. We took a wonderful boat ride on the St. Johns River and learned about the ecology of the land and the waterway, as well as getting a close up view of the creatures in their natural habitat. Camping was good. We could not have a ground fire because of a drought, so we had to purchase a upright grill. We are not used to camping around so may RV's, but at about 9pm, it felt like there was no one else but us in the world. Bugs were terrible, bring spray. But other then that, we had a great experience!

1  Thank chacalacas
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

This is a great place to watch the manatess, and it's a bargain for $6 a car to enter. Blue Springs gives you a peak at the "real" Florida, complete with fish, birds, gators, armadillos and of course, the manatees!

We took a picnic lunch; the park has plenty of picnic tables, or you can spread out a blanket on the big, grassy lawn.

The nature trail that takes you to down to the springs has plenty of scenic views. The water is so clear, you can watch fish swimming. (There's wheelchair access, even on the nature trail.)

If you have kids, they have a great playground.

Dogs are welcome at the park as long as they're on a leash, and you clean up after them.

There's a gift shop for souvenirs, and a couple of concession stands for hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and the like.

During the spring and summer, there's swimming and tubing and canoeing--the park has rentals.

5  Thank DianeP49
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

My husband and I spent the day at Blue Springs State Park today and I must say it was a fabulous day..it was so awesome to see so many manatees in their natural enviroment.The park wasn't crowded at all I(I suppose because it was Super Bowl Sunday) and that allowed us to enjoy the nature and the solitude.This is a gem of a place and not to be missed if your ever in the area.We will be back soon:) The admission to the park is only 6 bucks and they also have a gift shop and a camp store.Be sure to take your camera,your gonna want it!

3  Thank SmokyGirl32145
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