We decided to take a day away from the beach and explore one of the natural swimming holes in Fl of which there are many. We were staying in Ponce Inlet ( a little south of Daytona) which was about 45 minutes away. We did not camp and only went for the day so i can't speak for those facilities. It was Thursday and took us about 45 minutes. We had absolutely no wait to get in as mentioned in one of the other reviews so maybe it was our lucky day. It wasn't crowded at all. It cost a mere $6! There were a number of picnic tables, covered pavillions and grill sites. We had a mask with us and no floats but you can rent/buy tubes, etc in the shop. We bought 2 tubes ($8 each i think) which was well spent since we used them at the beach for the rest of our vacation. I would bring mask, snorkel and fins because its cool to look into the water. We did see one manatee and some very big gar fish and others. The one mask helped a little but snorkel and fins would have been a great addition. The set up is there are 2 places where you can enter the water. If you walk along to the right, that will get you closer to the boil. You have swim against current for a little bit to get there. It would have been cool to have a mask and snorkel because the water is so clear. There are caves and if you are certified, you can scuba into them. After you float with the current to the steps to get out. Very relaxing! A short walk down the boardwalk, you pass a roped off part of the lagoon where we saw alot of big turtles and an alligator. The walk will take you to kayak and canoe rentals. We rented kayaks for an hour on the St. Johns River and didn't see any gators or manitees there but still enjoyed it. It was a little hotter than swimming in the spring but after our hour, we went back into the springs. (this alone makes it a good idea to bring/buy your own floats instead of renting) Blue Spring was such a lovely diversion and we will definitely go back there the next time we are in Florida!
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