Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park covers over 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns river. It's a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring's overlooks on cold days. The spring and spring run are closed to all winter activity from mid-November to at least mid-March. Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced. The spring's crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers and certified scuba divers, with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, canoeing and boating are also enjoyed along the St. Johns River.

River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at 386-917-0724. A self-guided tour inside the historic Thursby house, built at the height of the steamboat era in 1872, can also be experienced. In addition, the park has plenty of picnic areas as well as three covered pavilions. Air-conditioned cabins and a full-facility campground are available for visitors interested in staying overnight. The park is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until sundown. For campers who plan to arrive after sunset, call the park on the day of arrival at 386-775-3663 to get the gate combination and instructions. Admission is $6/vehicle (limit two to eight people per vehicle), $4 for a single occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Camping is $24/night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. This includes water and electricity. Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older, or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government, are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Cabins are $95/night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.


2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL