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WARNING!: Blue Spring has a designated carrying capacity. When the park has reached capacity, no day-use visitors will gain entry into the park until parking becomes available.
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WARNING!: The Park reserves the right to suspend all water activities when public safety exist.
Group of Manatee
Park Entrance
Lewis Thursby House atop grassy hill at Blue Spring State Park
Playground
Tubing
Picnic area located at St Johns River entrance of park
Alligator and Turtle Sunbathing
manatee
Park Entrance
Thursby House
Playground
Tubing
Canoe
BSSP Alligator & Turtle

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Blue Spring State Park

Welcome to Blue Spring State Park

*PLEASE NOTE: Blue Spring State Park frequently reaches capacity during the week and on the weekends, during both the winter and summer months.  To avoid waiting, visit the park early.*

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days. The spring and spring run are closed to all water activity from mid-November to at least mid-March.  Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced.

The spring's crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers and certified scuba divers, with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, canoeing and boating are also enjoyed along the St. Johns River. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724.

A self-guided tour inside the historic Thursby house, built at the height of the steamboat era in 1872, can also be experienced. In addition 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.

Directions to this Park

Manatee Cam

Watch the manatees at Blue Spring State Park courtesy of the Manatee Cam by Save the Manatee Club.

Activities

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