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Blue Spring State Park

#1 of 15 things to do in Orange City Features Animals
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
+1 386-775-3663
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Attempt to see Manatee

Came to the State Park with hopes of seeing a Manatee. No luck. Difficult to get in. Fills up fast... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dlbuchko
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Monroe, Michigan
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Beautiful park, mess with entry

I understand it's busy on The weekends and the issue is parking spaces, however how they handle... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Keith P
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Winter Park, Florida
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State park offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-9501
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+1 386-775-3663
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came to the State Park with hopes of seeing a Manatee. No luck. Difficult to get in. Fills up fast. We were here on a Tuesday at about 1 pm. Turned away the first time. Got in 15 minutes later. Very lucky. Saw lots of...More

Thank dlbuchko
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I understand it's busy on The weekends and the issue is parking spaces, however how they handle admission is really a nightmare. You could be in line and and after waiting 30 minutes they can just automatically say full and turn you away. If you...More

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the park in February. Made the trip from PA just to see the manatees for my 40th birthday "bucket list" activity. Our time in the park was amazing! On a side note, we had taken a day trip to the west coast of...More

1  Thank CarribeanVacayFam
Reviewed 1 week ago

My famiy came from out of state to visit and one of the girls mention this place and we went there and we have an amazing day together..

Thank Loveryo3
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently had over 20 family members meet at the Park for a picnic. Our party included kids, teenagers, adults and two seniors. The swimming, boating, manatee watching and the facilities in the park made for an enjoyable, safe and memorable day.

Thank LPOCO
Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't go in the water because Manatees were in there.,, but even with the heat the partially shaded walk along the crystal clear water was spectacular. Not to far of a drive from theme park central. Were going back with tubes and fingers crossed...More

Thank Beachbum101sos
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really liked the guided boat tour of the springs - around corners, over top of manatees, past gators, also viewed hawks & owls. Down a canopy tree-lined inlet to see all the home-made bird houses. Wish they had senior prices but . . . Swim,...More

Thank Lucille L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really disappointed with our trip to blue spring park as we were not allowed in. We were in Orlando for 2 days only ( all the way from Dubai) and really wanted to go to the park, we got up early, rented a...More

2  Thank Britt25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have tried to visit this park two weekends in a row and it is always closed due to overcrowding. The rangers rudely tell you try back in and hour and when we come back in the designated time, because you're not allowed to wait...More

1  Thank Robin Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Orlando and wanted to skip the congested parks. Drove short drive over and arrived around 10am. $6 for 3 people to get in. The springs are BEAUTIFUL! Bring a mask or goggles! The environment under water is so awesome! We saw some enormous...More

2  Thank Shannonb1234
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caguirr13
17 July 2017|
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Response from mountain22 | Reviewed this property |
The open daily at 0800, however, do not get any later than 1000. Have fun, enjoy 👍
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tommcg146
27 June 2017|
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Response from Brenda M | Reviewed this property |
There is a two areas 1. The "springs" were People swim and all you can put it in there. 2. Another area in the park that you can Possibly put boats in, but your actually putting it into the st Johns river.
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Kris H
I am getting very confused as I research state parks where manatees are likely to be and swimming is also allowed. It seems "swimming WITH manatees" is strictly prohibited, which I can understand but swimming is allowed... I'm trying to figure out where lines cross. If I go swimming here and manatees happen to be present and approach me, will I get in trouble? I am not looking to harass any wild life at all but I know manatees, like dolphins, can be curious and friendly and am trying to figure out what is and is not okay. On the one hand I see video clips of people receiving Manatee "kisses" and giving manatees belly rubs who initiate contact through YouTube videos and on the other hand I see disclaimers from every park I look at saying swimming WITH manatees is prohibited. I just want to be able to enjoy my trip without worrying about breaking any laws. Thank you, in advance, to anyone who can clear this up for me.
14 June 2017|
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Response from claudelboisclair | Reviewed this property |
If you go to Blue Spring , you will find one of the best place to be in the world, But if you go there to swim in the river , no alligator and no manatees will be there and it is perfect and correct this way.When they allow... More
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