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“Far from the Disney Parking Lots!”

Blue Spring State Park
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Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park
Ranked #1 of 16 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 May 17, 2014

Came here last week with a friend who lives nearby. I've been coming to Fla since I was a kid and my parents lived for awhile on the Gulf Coast. Never had I been to one of the inland attractions, had only heard bits about these springs. Amazing! What a treasure. Only a few people there during the afternoon. Peaceful. Lovely walkways around the woods. Just a nature and lots of lush vegetation. Hope I get to come back and bring my snorkel gear

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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

The spring is beautiful! Plenty of room for swimming and floating on tubes and rafts (just don't think "lazy river" style tubing. You can float a short distance but there's no actual run.) We camped in tents- all spaces have a firepit w grill, picnic table, and plenty of space and privacy. We came in a Wednesday in May and had no problems with crowds, but the park does fill to capacity on weekends, even during " off season."
You can launch your own kayak/canoe here, but it is quite a walk ( no launch site.). Being the St. John's, the river is quite wide with moderate boat traffic. Also has nice hiking paths and a very nice paved multipurpose path directly across the street from the park entrance.
The only drawbacks were the raccoons that visited our site at night, but they were not vicious, just bold! (Keep in mind were encroaching on their habitat!) also saw an armadillo at our site. We saw a manatee and schools of large fish in the spring. The second drawback:there is a train very near by that came through once a day while we were here. Not a big deal to us, but some people complain about this.
All in all a must see !

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

We started our visit with a boat tour, it took 2 hours it was very relaxing & informative with great views, we never saw too much wildlife but we took the 1300hrs tour, so I would suggest go on the earlier one. That said we did catch Ospreys feeding which was great. The must thing to do is float / scuba down the spring, the water is 72*F which felt cold, but you soon came used to it, no large fish @ the top of the spring, but then the get larger & more plentiful as you float down the river, great fun & you see lots of wildlife as you float along on the banks. Costs $6 park entry for a car up to 8 people & $5 for the tube for an hour, cheaper if you extend, or just take your own. The park is very popular so best to avoid weekend or school holiday periods, we went off peak & floated down the river ourselves.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit with my 7,9 and 10 year old....park rangers were great to talk to, and we enjoyed lazily floating in the spring on our rented tubes. Although it was late in the season to see manatee, we were pleasantly surprised when three swam up and hung out for a while. Nice little state park to visit!

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We got there at 11:30am on a Sunday and was told that the park is at capacity and we won't be allowed back in by 2pm. We travelled 45min to get there, so we decided to hang out at a nearby playground and then grab lunch and return. When we got back at 1:45pm, there were already about 20 cars lined up about a block away from the entrance. A police officer went back and forth to instruct the waiting cars to keep moving and some of the neighbors were not too happy as we'll. We made it in and the park was wonderful like what all the reviews said. We took our snorkeling gears and the preparation was well worth it. The deepest area seemed to be about 8 feet deep but along the sides were shallow (water shoes recommended due to sharp little rocks. We saw some gar fish upclose. One thing I didn't like were some people using foul language despite children's presence. Next few days are set for theme parks, nice to have experienced something very unique.

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