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Blue Spring State Park

#1 of 15 things to do in Orange City Features Animals
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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Awesome and water temp the same all year long

This is beautiful park that is a popular place for people to swim down the the opening of the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Breanna S
Arcadia, Ohio
via mobile
Coolest place to tube!

What a beautiful place to picnic or have an easy hike on boardwalk right beside the water! Pick up... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert B
Eatonton, United States
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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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2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is beautiful park that is a popular place for people to swim down the the opening of the spring and explore. Crystal clear fresh spring water. Always a hit with my kids....

1  Thank Breanna S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to picnic or have an easy hike on boardwalk right beside the water! Pick up lunch or have a hotdog and cold coke in the park. Fantastic and gorgeous live oak shades trees to spread a towel to snooze on or...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Blue Springs is perfect when you want to escape the heat. Go for a swim in the clear, cold waters and then go for a walk on the nature trails. Inexpensive place for the family.

Thank FrozenChosen1
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place worth the drive from Disney. If interested in swimming, kayaking or camping , this is a perfect place. Parking fills up faster so be earlier. It gets too hot in summer but the water cools you down. There is a walking trail...More

Thank Saranrajk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited Disneyworld and planned to visit the Blue Springs before driving back to Southwest Florida. It was a wonderful counter balance to the crowds, the lines and all the stimuli that one encounters at Disney. The springs are always clear and it feels...More

1  Thank Terri F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While we had read the reviews regarding the lines to get In, we figured 9am was early enough. Wrong! Luckily there is a boat launch at the end of the road that gives you access to the top part of the springs. From the Manatee...More

Thank L0vinL1fe62
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Camped for two nights. Site was good for tent camping, covered, and there are plenty RV sites. About a five minute bike ride to the river. You can swim right there or walk up the boardwalk about 5 minutes to the spring entry, then wade...More

Thank H2O_log
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seems to be a popular state park; heard the park ranger tell a caller that the campground was full; We enjoyed walking the boardwalk to the springs and photographing wildlife. Saw my first manatee! Saw mullet, gar, catfish, and other fish; saw several herons. Most...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place and clean. Good walking path up to the beginning of the spring. Refreshing place to go swimming on a hot summer day.

Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Park with awesome Spring that you can swim,snorkel and even rent rafts. We seen an alligator a manatee and otters. There is an old house to tour. We absolutely loved it.

Thank noigeloverlord
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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.
14 June 2017|
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Response from Breanna S | Reviewed this property |
The Manatees are a season event. That come here during the winter months due to the cooling ocean currents. November, December, January, and February are the best months to see this natural migration at its best...
Wade M
Will we be able to see manatees at the end of September ?
13 April 2017|
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Response from zoefree | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. They tend to be there between December - March. Try Crystal Springs near Tampa.
Can we camp there with a travel trailer? Any hook ups?
29 March 2017|
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Response from EmEs | Reviewed this property |
i am not sure. you'd have to call and ask. Sorry.