Located in Orange City, Florida, Blue Spring pumps 104 million gallons of water a day into the St. John’s River. The water stays a consistent 73 degrees Fahrenheit, making the spring run the perfect haven for manatees when the river cools down in the winter. But there’s more to the park than just manatees.
The spring’s crystal clear water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during the parks designated swimming season. (Late March – Sept annually). You can enjoy fishing, canoeing, and boating along this stretch of the St. John’s River.
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. Those interested in a historical treat can give themselves a self-guided tour inside the historic Thursby house, built at the height of the steamboat era in 1872.