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Blue Spring State Park

 About Blue Spring State Park

The Thursby House, a large white, two-story home. Photo by Mark Farnsworth


Jerry Garrett

I would like to invite you out for a visit here at Blue Spring State Park. As we approach a new season, we look forward to providing you the best exeperience possible.

Blue Spring is the winter home to numerous endangered manatees, Blue Spring is 2,644 acres of enchantment. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the manatee during the cooler months and a cooling swim for humans during the long hot days of summer. Though the manatees have now dispersed into the open St. Johns River, each sunny day brings new chances to see other wildlife; bird watching is especially good in the springtime.

A mere 35 miles from hustle and bustle of Orlando and the Attractions, Blue Springs draws a year–round mix of families, nature lovers, picnickers, water enthusiasts, sun–worshipers and romantics. A single day can include a scenic river boat trip, snorkel or dive the depths of Blue Spring, a kayak or canoe paddle, a picnic under the spreading Live Oaks, and a classic sunset over the historic St. Johns River.

Tent and RV campers can hide away in the Sandpine scrub campground within easy walking distance of the river and spring run. Six vacation cabins, located in a shady oak hammock are also available for overnight visitors.

Summer park activities include St. Johns River Nature Cruises by a Florida Park Service Visitor Services Provider located along the banks of the river, swimming, diving, canoe and swim float rentals at the park snack bar. Pack a swimsuit, binoculars and plenty of curiosity.

Please remember if you plan a trip to Blue Spring on the weekend to arrive early as the park often reaches capacity and will close temporarily until overcrowded conditions ease.

Visitors may also wish to visit our sister park, Hontoon Island across the St. Johns River. It is rarely as crowded as Blue Springs and is a great place to enjoy a quiet afternoon, fishing, hiking or simply enjoying nature. Please explore the Hontoon Island page at this website for details. 

- Jerry, Park Manager


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  • Blue Spring is located west of Orange City. Take U.S. 17/92 to Orange City, go west two miles on French Avenue to the entrance.


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  • Blue Spring State Park
    2100 West French Avenue
    Orange City, FL 32763