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Blue Springs State Park in Florida
Blue Springs State Park is yet another great State Park, which is often overlooked by the normal holiday maker. It is located on the St John River and is indeed the largest spring on this river The Park covers 2664 acres packed with wonderful things to do.
Originally settled on by native American Indians, the site was built on by an American family called the Thurbys in 1856. This house is still standing. In fact it is recorded that the British botanist John Bartram visited in 1766.
The spring water is a constant 73 degrees and is enjoyed by snorkellers, swimmers and scuba divers (if scuba diving you must be certified and have a buddy). Blue Springs is a Manatee refuge year round and from November-March you will see West Indian Manatees. For anyone who has not seen one of these gentle, cow like creatures this is indeed amemorable treat.
There is very good fishing, boating and canoeing on the river so take your rods (you will need a licence). Bird watchers need to take their binoculars.
If you fancy a river cruise call St Johns River Cruises to make a reservation. Take a packed lunch to eat at their picnic area and there is also an interesting walking trail. If you fancy a night away from your villa you can camp or stay in a cabin. Camping fee $20 plus tax; cabin fee $85 plus tax. There is a snack bar available if you don't feel like packing a picnic or for a treat for the children.
As with all State parks, Blue Springs is open 8 a.m. - dusk 365 days a year. It often gets full at the weekends, so perhaps schedule your visit for a weekday. It costs around $5 for a car and passengers for an awesome day out.
These are nearby State Parks that you might like to visit at the same time.
- Hontoon Island State Park
- De-Leon Springs State Park
- Lower Wekiva River Preseve State Park
- Lake Louisa State Park
- William Beardall Tosahatchee State Reserve
- Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Blue Springs State Park is located west of Orange City Take exit 114 off Interstate 4 and follow the signs.Go south to 17/92 to Orange City(about 2 miles) turn right onto West French Avenue.
Full Address: Blue Springs State Park 2100 West French Avenue, Oronge City, Florida 32763. Tel (001) 386 775 3663. www.bluespringsflorida.com
Visitor service provider Blue Springs Enterprises inc P.O. box 741600 Orange City, Florida 32774-1600, 386 775 6888
St John River Eco tours Inc P.O.Box 521 673 longwood, Florida 32752-1673 386
As always, if you have a handicapped member of your group, phone ahead of time for advice.
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