Tranquil State Parks in Florida
A trip to Blue Springs State Park provides the perfect affordable family getaway from the tourist throngs of Orlando.
Pack a picnic and your swimsuit and enjoy the refreshing springs and Florida wildlife.
There’s plenty to see and do here all year round.
You can come for a day trip or even stay for the weekend. The park has over 35 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that run alongside the St. John’s river.
The fresh water springs are crystal clear and a pleasant 72 degrees year-round. Where the Blue Springs runs flow down to meet the St. John’s river, you can go swimming and even bring an inner tube and float down the runs! There are lots of spots to go diving and snorkeling through underwater caves. It’s a great way to cool-off in the heat of summer.
In winter the runs are closed to allow refuge for the West Indian Manatee, a large marine mammal that makes its’ home here during November to March. You can see them anytime between November 15th and the end of April, although most Manatees are seen during December and January, you can even call ahead and the rangers will tell you how many are there.
Activities at Blue Springs State Park
Cycling and Hiking there are over 35 miles of trials to explore. You may spot some Florida wildlife including Scrub Jays, Otters, herons, alligators, hawks and much more
Guided River Tours run throughout the summer on either canoes or kayaks. Usual running between 10am to 1pm, they’re a great way to familiarize yourself with the park wildlife. Adults tour is $18, children $12, tours last two hours. Call +1-386-917-0724 for river tour reservations.
Picnicking is a favorite pastime, there are designated picnic huts near the park office and BBQ pits that can even be reserved in advance for groups. Of course you can always bring a blanket and spread out along the river.
Swimming whether you want to snorkel, scuba dive, swim or merely bob along the springs you can do so throughout the summer season. You’ll need to bring your own equipment if you plan on snorkelling or scuba diving. It’s a great way to explore the underwater caves. It’s one of the few state parks in Florida where you can enjoy natural springs.
Camping there campsites available with water, electricity a grill and tables. If you fancy being immersed in the park there is primitive camping available. These sites can only be accessed via a 4 mile hike into the woods, so make sure to carry all food and supplies in and out of the campsite! If you’re not so keen on camping there are cabins available for hire, most are two bedroom. Some have bunk beds that are great for kids.
KIDS TIP ask a park ranger about checking out a book from the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library. Books are educational and are most suited to children aged 3-9 years.
Location Map, Opening Times and Admission
Open 365 days per year from 8am till sundown.
Admission $5.00 per vehicle Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Extra Passengers, Passengers In Vehicles With Holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit, Admission Fee $1.00
Camping: $20.00 (plus tax) per night Cabin: $85.00 (plus tax)
Blue Springs State Park
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, Florida 32763