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Blue Spring State Park

The beautiful, cool spring water attracts swimmers, snorkelers, and divers year round; plus the occasional manatee.

Blue Spring State Park features more than 2,600 acres of beautiful natural lands on the St Johns River. The biggest draw to Blue Spring State Park (and the reason it is commonly filled to capacity on the busiest days) is Blue Spring – the largest spring on the St John’s River.

The spring’s crystal clear, 73-degree water is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving during the park’s swimming season (typically spanning the summer). The park is also renowned as a great place to see West Indian Manatees who travel to the spring primarily in the winter months. Swimming is not permitted with the manatees, however there are platforms and a boardwalk above the water that provide excellent viewing.

Outside of the spring run other activities available include a 3.6 mile nature trail for hiking, canoeing and kayaking on the St John’s River, scenic boat tours, camping, as well as playgrounds and picnic areas. Additionally, visitors can see the historic Thursby House, which was built by Louis Thursby in 1872 and became a hub of activity on the St. Johns River, hosting steamboat passengers as they made their way up and down the river.

It is advised when planning a visit to arrive early, visit on weekdays, or anticipate a line to enter the park as it is an extremely popular destination. Blue Spring State Park is located approximately 45 minutes to an hour North of Orlando in Orange City (not far from DeLand). Admission starts at $4.00 for a single occupant vehicle, $6.00 per vehicle with a limit 2-8 people per vehicle, and $2.00 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.