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Blue Spring State Park

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State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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All reviews john's river swimming area gift shop boat tour nice boardwalk the water is crystal clear scuba diving central florida rent a canoe winter home large fish picnic lunch per vehicle manatees swimming year round board walk manatee viewing
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place in cold weather to see Manatees as they escape from the cold waters to the 70 degree springs. Got to see a mother and calf.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ems348989
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are at a loss on a cold day in Florida then a visit here is a must. The manatees swim up the rivers to this area for the warm water. Beautiful gentle creatures and nearly 200 when we visited. Easy walks and wooden...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Came to see the manatees, found out it was the last day to snorkel before the Manatees came in so I rented a mask and snorkel and hopped in the cool, refreshing, crystal clear waters. There is a huge 200 feet deep spring a short...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had just landed in Orlando and had a 1/2 day to spend before embarking into Disney World. This was the perfect way to start our trip. Would never expect to find something so beautiful and peaceful just outside Orlando. The walk is very easy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kbpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very quiet and serene. We went in early December and got to see lots of Manatees walking the boardwalk. Not crowded at all.. You can rent kayaks and go down the St Johns River or take a guided boat tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jane F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for the manatee migration and glad we did. It was awesome watching these beautiful creatures up close in the crystal clear water of blue springs. Saw several babies also

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Texans4ever2469
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a beautiful Park. They have nice walking areas, places to swim (when permitted), a local historic house, a little shop, and of course Manatees!!! Lots of different areas to view manatees when they are in. Water is really clear so manatees and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KentuckyJen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful park with great walking trails , boat rides or plenty of opportunities to see manatees. Has a gift shop and snack shop. Camping is available as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 636eddief
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cool and shady, sunny and rain, very nice visit. Boardwalk along the Indian River and Blue Springs, which was crystal clear. Weather was still warm so manatees were not easily sighted. The 2 hour boat tour was relaxing and informative about history of the area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There’s a nice boardwalk along the river, with various viewing and swimming areas and available 2 hour boar trips and kayacking. On some visits we have seen crowds of the protected manatees, other times they are somewhere out of sight. There is a playground for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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30 October 2018|
Response from Ben_Theretoo406 | Reviewed this property |
Good question! Normally, officials think of the run as beginning around November 15. Since the eastern U.S. has seen a generally colder season, perhaps the run will start a bit earlier. Our experience with the park... More
25 October 2018|
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Response from j0cabethc | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are two docks were they hang out by, you can easily see them from there!
15 September 2018|
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Response from Attis1 | Reviewed this property |
Apart from the very end of the walkways, it definitely is. All the pathways are wheelchair accessible. At the end of it where you would go into the water, there are a few steps. So apart from that you are fine.