Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
by Steve Deal
Located 45 minutes from Daytona Beach, Blue Spring State Park is a favorite natural spring for swimming, floating, camping, kayaking and so much more!
People love to come to the spring in summer to cool off. You can enter the water at the upper entry, swim to the spring boil, and float back down to the main swimming dock. The float run is about an eighth of a mile long. At both docks, you can usually find people swimming around or floating on a raft enjoying the crystal-clear water. At 73 degrees year round, the water is always cool and refreshing!
To get to the upper entry, you have to walk (or roll) along a long, yet fairly wide wooden walkway with rails that takes you through the Florida jungle. This five-minute walk is a beautiful journey through natural Florida foliage.
Many people visit Blue Spring mid-November through March to see manatees seeking the relatively warmer water coming out of the spring. Also known as Sea Cows, these gentle giants have paddle-like flippers, and can grow as long as 13 feet and weigh as much as 1,300 pounds. Hundreds live at this state park during winter.
This 2,600-acre park has much to see including the Thursby House, a large historic home built in 1872 where you can take a self-guided tour. The park also offers air-conditioned cabins for rent along with a full-facility campground, several picnic areas, three covered pavilions, and an incredible playground for kids.
Blue Spring State Park Amenities
- Boat tours
- Full facility camping
- Hiking and nature trail
- Picnic pavilions
- Manatee watching
Handicap parking is available and the whole area is spacious enough to never feel crowded. There are also food vendors, a restaurant, and a general store that sells camping necessities, drinks, and food.
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