Blue Springs State Park
Orange City (Florida), United States
  • Natural Pool


Wanting to avoid the usual Orlando water parks, I opted for this park in Orange City: a natural place whose main attraction is the manatees.
The mild water (about 22 Celsius degrees) is perfect for a swim or to float on a dinghy.
Swimming with manatees is not allowed and during the manatees season (more or less from November to March), all water activities are prohibited, but it is still worth seeing these animals (even hundreds of them can be seen). From Spring to early Autumn you can swim from the main spring area to the mouth of the river.
The reserve is full of animals like fishes, birds, and squirrels.
The park is very well equipped: there are bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, bars, bbq.
It is also possible to rent a kayak and camp.
The day in this reserve is a regenerating immersion in nature. Highly recommended!
Admission cost was $ 6 per car, but I don't know if it's still like that.

Suitable for

  • Families with children
  • Couples
  • Sport
  • Friends
  • Single
  • Over 65


  • To pay
  • Daytime
  • Disabled accessible
  • Pets allowed
  • Presence of animals
  • Table and chairs
  • Parking
  • Shadowed areas

The parking lot often reaches maximum capacity, so it is best to arrive early.
Pets must be kept on a leash and are only allowed in designated areas.

No life guard on duty.
There are also some alligators. The rangers close the river and Blue Spring to swimming if there is alligator activity, but be careful anyway.


Sono una ragazza socievole, amo viaggiare e gli animali.
Parlo inglese.

Visited in 2012



How to reach

Take I-4 to the Orange City exit north east and follow the signs.