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Park Capacity: Blue Spring State Park is always excited to welcome its guests and supporters to come out and enjoy the environmental, historical and recreational value it has to offer. With this being said, please...
Picnic area located at St Johns River entrance of park
One of the six Blue Springs cabins
Alligator and Turtle Sunbathing
Group of Manatee at Spring Boil
Morning steam rising from the spring
View of spring run at Blue Spring State Park
Lewis Thursby House atop grassy hill at Blue Spring State Park
St Johns River Cruise Ecotour Boat located at Blue Spring State Park
Picnic Area
Cabin Exterior
BSSP Alligator & Turtle
BSSP Manatee in Spring Boil
BSSP Spring in the Morning
Spring Run
Thursby House
St. John's Ecotour Boat

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Blue Spring State Park

Welcome to Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks. The spring and spring run are closed to all water activity while manatees are present during this time.  Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced.

The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, canoeing and boating are also enjoyed along the St. John’s River. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724.

A self-guided tour inside The Historic Thursby house, built in 1872, can also be experienced. In addition the park has plenty of picnic areas as well as three covered pavilions. Air-conditioned cabins and a full-facility campground are available for visitors interested in staying overnight.

Due to heavy visitation, we recommend arriving early to ensure entrance into the park.

Directions to this Park

MANATEE CAM: Watch the manatees at Blue Spring State Park courtesy of the Manatee Cam by Save the Manatee Club.

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