Lots of fish
If it wasn't for the springs itself we probably wouldn't stay here as often as we do. The bathhouses 2/3 have been upgraded but it went from three showers to two and the third shower is a family shower with a toilet in the same stall. The new bathrooms are cool but the tiles definitely should have been done so the water went in the drain and not over the whole stalls floor. This goes for all six of the new showers in both houses, trust me. Don't leave your stuff on the floor lol.
W sites themselves are unlevel, crushed shell over old concrete slabs making a rough tent surface and a hit or miss if you can get your tent stacks in. All the sites have water and electric and some have the sewr plumbing. Maybe three sites. The walk to the springs isn't far at all and if your camping it's best to walk. It gets very crowded on the weekends so we often camp here during the week. Canoes rent is on the high side in my opinion. And there isn't much for trails but the springs food path is nice to walk. Swimming is only closed if there is a gator in the springs. But there is also a fishing dock.
This is a state park, and like most state parks the amenities are limited. The bathroom facility was very clean. They had a washer and dryer should you need one. The camp ranger stopped by to welcome us, ask if we needed anything and to let us know her site number. Raccoons will invade your camp. Secure your food/ trash.
Amid all the bustle and bustle of the Orlando lies a beautiful blue oasis called Blue Springs State Park.
My husband and I were amazed by the crystal clear water and loved swimming above the opening of the cave at the Spring head. Bring your snorkel gear or even better your dive gear if you are looking for a awesome adventure!
Manatees reside here during the winter months (Nov - March) and we were lucky to observe two Manatees during our stay who had been injured and were recovering…such amazing animals!
This park offers camping, swimming, tubing, kayaking (on the St. Johns River) and the boardwalks above the swamp are great for hiking and nature viewing.
The campsites are situated in a way so that there are trees all around and campers get the feel of privacy. The bathroom facilities were nice and there is a great little store that also rents tubes for floating the river.
This is another beautiful Florida State Park that is great for all ages…especially families with kids.
In the summer months GO EARLY as the park quickly fills up to capacity!!
During the winter months the manatees come into the head of the spring to keep warm, (100s). The park is on the St. John river and offers boating, canoeing and kayaking. Snorkeling and floating on rafts are allowed by the spring head. The campgrounds have a few large sites, but a lot are uneven. There are train tracks close by, so if you are in a tent be prepared.
Manatees, manatees, what can I say. Have you ever seen one outside of a Florida zoo? Here the manatees come into the small, spring river in the cooler months (mainly) to warm up. They also have a great large spring towards the end of the river and by the walkway that is an awesome experience free diving into. Thousands of gallons of spring fed water pumps from the bottom and it's a challenge to keep from not being pushed away. Get your snorkel and fins; great views. This is not the warm ocean but it is definitely refreshing.
We had such a blast! Went to Blue Springs with my granddaughter. We spent three nights! We had so much fun! My granddaughter didn’t want to leave. She swam in the springs and loved it. Then we went to the swimming hole, and there were five manatees there. We were told not to touch them, but one brushed against her leg! Wow! She will never forget! We are going in june again!
This is a great park to camp at especially in the winter when the manatees are in the run taking advantage of the 72 degree water, its that cold year round. During the summer it is really cool to tube. It is a nice short run.
When we visited the park with full and very busy. There were a couple neat trails and the beach was fun. The campsites were somewhat secluded and a decent size. It was a nice little place to spend a couple days.
The water is by far the best part. Trails are cool but were not very well maintained. If you happen to be nearby, go, but don't go waay out of the way for it.