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  • Blue Springs State Park
    Blue Springs State Park
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  • Kayaking in Blue Springs on St. John's River
    Kayaking in Blue Springs on St. John's...
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  • One of the best places to see manatees!
    One of the best places to see manatees!
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    by maryellen50 Updated Jan 1, 2006

    The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.

    Blue Springs State Park Vultures Sunning Manatee Warning Manatee Manatee
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    by maryellen50 Written Jan 1, 2006

    You can do a scenic pontoon boat cruise and/or the kayak trip when visiting Blue Springs State Park.
    This is a great birdwatching area as well as manatee viewing.

    A Manatee Surfacing Near Our Kayaks View of the real Florida! Bird Drying His Wings Turkey Vulture & Black Vulture Wood Stork in Tree
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    by TimandYvonne Written Apr 24, 2004

    A clear water springs, the water stays 72 degrees year round. The clear spring water comes from a 120 foot deep cavern. Admission last time I went was about $5 a vehicle. Cabins and campsites are available for rent.

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    • Camping
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Fishing

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    by mcharlton Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Bring your own food and picnic.

    There is a wonderful restaurant right outside of the park just a few miles into Orange City called Pier 66.
    We got a hugh plate of wonderful white fish on top of fries with hush puppies and a large dish of coleslaw for only $3.00. We could not believe it.
    16th Annual Blue Spring Manatee Festival
    Jan. 26 & 27
    10 AM - 5 PM

    Watch for the giant mammal as it takes refuge in the spring run from the colder water of the St. Johns River. Festival includes tours, interpretive programs and more. Special transportation available from Valentine Park on French Ave., 2 miles from Blue Spring. Arts, crafts and wildlife at Valentine Park. Sponsored by the town of Orange City. Park entrance fee.

    Favorite Dish: You can find all sorts of fresh veg and fruits outside of the park. Orange City is in a rural area.

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    by mcharlton Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Our night life while camping is around the camp fire and looking at the stars.
    Later hearing animals roaming around our camp and turning the flashlight on to see what is there.

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    by mcharlton Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Blue Spring State Park offers six (6), two (2) bedroom cabins. Each cabin is equipped with a gas fireplace (available for use November through March), central heating and air conditioning, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen (stove and refrigerator), screened in porch, outdoor grill and picnic table. Linen, pillows, blankets and towels, cooking and eating utensils are also provided. You will need to bring personal use items such as soap, salt, pepper, radio, paper towels, etc. (Linen is NOT furnished on a daily basis). In each cabin, one bedroom is furnished with a double bed, while the second bedroom contains a double bed and a set of bunk beds.

    Sorry, no pets are allowed in the cabins.
    One vehicle per cabin is permitted. All additional vehicles will be charged an additional fee of $3.00 per night and will be required to park in a designated area.

    Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling ReserveAmerica, toll-free, at 1-800 326-3521 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm), 1-888-433-0287 (TDD) (For Hearing Disabled.)

    Full Facility Camping
    Blue Spring State Park has 51 campsites, which are located in the sand pine scrub. Available to each site is a table, water, electricity, and a grill. There is no sewage facilities at these sites, but there is a dump station in the Park. Pets are permitted in camping area, with proof of rabies vaccination.

    Canoeing
    St Johns River Cruises offers a two hour narrated nature and ecological cruise on the beautiful and historic St. Johns River.
    Cruises depart daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, costs, and reservations call (386)917-0712.

    Fishing
    From the accessible fishing pier, anglers will find an abundance of bluegills and blue cats, in addition to largemouth bass, shellcrackers and speckled perch. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for persons age 16 years and older. A concession stand offers snacks, camping supplies and limited groceries. Canoe rentals are available.

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    Nature Trails
    The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents still can be seen today. A self-guided boardwalk guides visitors through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.

    Picnicking
    Blue Spring State Park offers two separate picnic areas throughout the park. There are covered pavilions with grills located at these areas for larger groups. One of these areas also has a large covered barbecue pit, and can be reserved, for a fee, from October through March. Contact the park office for details.

    Primitive Camping
    Primitive camping requires a four-mile hike to and from the site. All food, water and garbage must be carried in and out.

    Reservations for campsites may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling ReserveAmerica, toll-free, at 1-800 326-3521 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm), 1-888-433-0287 (TDD) (For Hearing Disabled.)

    Swimming
    Blue Spring offers swimming and scuba-diving in a crystal clear, 72 degree spring run. Scuba-divers must register at the entrance station between the hours of 8 AM. and 3PM, with an up-to-date certification card and a partner. Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted.

    Fondest memory: My hubby and I did a lot of camping across Florida and Blue Springs was one of the best.

    Picture of a Water Moccasin making it's way across the water in front of our canoe.

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