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“Relaxing and beautiful spot!”

Blue Spring State Park
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Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 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.
St augusine, Fl
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Relaxing and beautiful spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

So fun for the kids, got to see manatees and gators :) We got to kayak while there and that really added to the experience. The park was pretty busy but that is to be expected during labor day.

Visited September 2013
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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“kayaking in blue spring state park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband and I rented a tandem kayak. The provided us with a little map based on how long we wanted to paddle. It's on the st Johns river in a no-wake zone due to the manatees that could be in the area. we saw an alligator, a couple of turtles and birds. we heard lots of bull frogs. we got rained on about 3 times while paddling. it's very quiet and beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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Tavares, Florida
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“One of the better springs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We have been to several of Florida's springs. We mainly go to them for the swimming/tubing, and haven't camped, dived or kayaked at any of them. That said, we had a great time at Blue Springs. We sought this place out after growing tired of Rock springs (Kelly Park) constantly being sold out and/or over crowded. The swimming area of this spring is deeper and wider than the others I have been to. There is a shallow area, but you can't enter it from land, so parents with young children will have to float their children to the shallow area if they cannot swim well via life jacket, raft, etc. The water was clean and clear and it didn't feel crowded at all (though it was a weekday). There were no alligators in the swimming section that we saw (and I WAS looking). Best of all, after a long swim in the ice cold water, you feel refreshed the rest of the day despite the terribly hot temperatures outside. Also, they do not accept credit cards for the entrance fee but they do accept them at the snack hut.

Visited August 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Excellent day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

I spent the day here from Orlando and it was excellent. There is a large cool swimming area and a short boardwalk area with lots of picnic areas. The highlight was the two hour river cruise with and excellent guide seeing lots of wildlife. You can also rent kayaks and canoes.

Visited April 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Forget Disneyworld and enjoy this oaisis!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

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!

Visited August 2013
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