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Blue Spring State Park

2100 W. French Avenue

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is 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. The spring and spring run are closed to all water activity while manatees are present during this time.  Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced.


Justin Phillips

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Great park for camping or even just a day trip. Activities include a 4.5 mile hike, snorkeling, tubing, and kayaking. You can rent fins, snorkels, masks, kayaks, and tubes. We brought our own so I cannot review the snorkelling rental quality. The kayaks we're fine and outside the main spring area there is a lot of places to explore with the kayaks, though you should do the spring early as the kayaks are not allowed after 11am. The spring itself is gorgeous, lots of fish, turltes, birds, and manatees. The water was fine for my wife, in a short, and for me in a light wetsuit, though most we're in bathing suits. The water is very clear and there is a lot to see. Expect to spend a while swimming and tubing. The camp grounds we're super clean and we'll maintained, the bathrooms were awesome for camp ground bathrooms. The campgrounds are also a bit more private than most Florida State Park camp grounds I've been to. The hike was nice and the entire park grounds we're extremely we'll maintained. The staff and rangers we're also very polite and helpful!

Jen Wiggie

Saturday, April 7, 2018
We went here on a whim because we couldn't seem to find a manatee anywhere in Florida. We finally found one here! The spring keeps the water the same temp year round so the manatees come for the winter. Thousands of fish and birds and the greenest and clearest water you could want. My 13 and 16 year old boys don't like much and they really had a good time here. The nature and boardwalk are absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend this for visitors who use a wheelchair or mobility device. It is all very accessible. We will go back in the summer to visit so that we can swim in the spring and tube down the river. There is also camping and cabins you can rent and it only cost $6/car to get into the park. I can't say enough about this place. We spent a lot of money to fly to Florida from Wisconsin and then rent a car to stay in Cocoa Beach. This place was the most inexpensive thing we did and it was probably the most enjoyable and created the best family memories.

WellingtonPhoto Jarett

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
A pristine State Park to visit whether for the day or in their campgrounds or cabins. We enjoyed an overnight in one of the 6 cabins and had a super time. It has a full kitchenette and 2 rooms along with a fireplace and front porch. It's a quick walk to the Blue Springs where swimming, kayaking, canoeing or boat tours are available. There is a hiking trail and so many options to see a variety of wildlife and flowers/plants. A nature lover's dream!

J Ortiz

Sunday, May 13, 2018
This park is amazing! Trails, canoes, swimming, tubing etc. Personally my opinion, canoeing a bit early (renting stops at 3) so you'd have to be mindful if that's on your todo list. Supposedly there's gators and manatees but I hadn't seen any. Hopefully on my next visit I'd get the chance to see some. Great place to get away and experience real Florida in its purest!

Jillian M

Monday, May 14, 2018
The park is beautiful and is run by a very engaged and dedicated staff. The cabins make for a perfect weekend getaway. I definitely recommend it! Jim Morris made the trip extra special with all of the information he shared about the river, the spring and the wildlife. We'll definitely be back!

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