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Blue Spring State Park

 Activities at Blue Spring State Park

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

St. Johns River Cruises and Tours. Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This is a two-hour narrated nature and ecological cruise on the beautiful and historic St. Johns River. See the Real Florida...naturally. For fees and reservations, please call (407) 330-1612 or (386) 917-0724. Visit us at St. Johns River Cruises.

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Cabins

Cabins

Six, two bedroom cabins are located in a shady oak hammock near Blue Spring, a designated manatee refuge. Cabins accommodate up to six people. One bedroom is furnished with a double bed. The second bedroom is furnished with two single beds. A sleeper sofa in the living room converts to a double bed. Cabins are equipped with a gas fireplace (for use November through March), central heating and cooling, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen with stove and refrigerator, screened porch, outdoor grill and picnic table. Linens, pillows, blankets and towels, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Linens are not changed daily. Two vehicles per cabin are permitted.

For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins.  Service animals are welcome.

There is a minimum two nights stay in cabins on weekends and holidays, either Friday and Saturday night, or Saturday and Sunday nights. A single Friday or Saturday night may be reserved only if the following Saturday or Sunday night is already reserved.

Cabin Rentals: $95.00 per night, plus tax.

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Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

This campground has 51 campsites which are located in the sand pine scrub and are within walking distance to the spring. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, water, electricity and a grill. A dump station is available in the park. Pets are welcome in camping area. Blue Spring State Park also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers ages four to nine. Ask the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.

Maximum RV length = 40 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

You are invited to canoe beautiful Blue Spring Run and the St Johns River. Canoes and kayaks may be rented at St. Johns River Cruises along the St. Johns River. For more information, current conditions, availability, costs and reservations call (386) 917-0724.  You can visit us at St. Johns River Cruises.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 15.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

The Manatee Gift Shop, Food Service, Camp Store and Water Activities Rental Station are located near the public swimming area. For more information, costs and seasonal hours, contact Blue Spring Enterprises, Inc. (386) 775-6888, www.myfloridamanatee.com.

Fishing

Fishing

Visitors can fish from the shore in the St. Johns River from the fishing dock within the park.  The St. Johns RIver is a very popular destination by boat -- there is a boat ramp at the river terminus of French Avenue that can be used by visitors to reach the park.  Fishing is not permitted in the Blue Spring Run.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents can still be seen today. A self-guided boardwalk leads visitors through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Passive Interpretive exhibits are available in the Thursby House and on Kiosks along the Spring Run boardwalk and trail. Interpretive programs on manatees are offered daily during the manatee season (November 15th-March 1st). Special programs are offered to schools and organized groups upon request.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Blue Spring State Park offers two separate picnic areas throughout the park. There are covered pavilions with grills located at these areas for larger groups. One of these areas also has a large covered barbecue pit.  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Blue Spring State Park has day-use restrooms & campground restrooms that are ADA accessible.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Blue Spring offers swimming and scuba diving in a crystal clear, 72 degree spring run. Scuba divers must register at the entrance station between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., with an up-to-date certification card and a partner. Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees; creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 15.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Blue Spring offers snorkeling in a crystal clear spring run. Swimming with the manatees is NOT permitted.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run are closed to all water related activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 15.

Swimming

Swimming

Blue Spring offers swimming in a crystal clear spring run.  Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run are closed to all water related activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 15.

Tubing

Tubing

Park visitors enjoy tubing the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring run. The entry point is just downstream from the spring boil, and the takeout is approximately a quarter mile downstream at the swim dock. Tubes may be purchased or rented at the park concession located adjacent to the swim dock. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run are closed to all water related activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 15.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian manatee. To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run are closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 1. Learn more about the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) which monitors & tracks the manatees.