We have been to Blue Spring State Park many times over the years – as day visitors, on field trips, tent camping, and now RV camping. Blue Spring is located in Orange City, Florida and about 40 minutes north of Orlando. The park offers swimming, manatee viewing (usually in the winter months), kayaking/canoeing, hiking, camping, cabin rentals, picnicking, and walking trails. Here are our favorite things to do at the park.
Updated December 2, 2016
1 -Walk the boardwalk
- The beautiful 1.3 mile boardwalk allows scenic views of the spring from the source (boil) to the St. John’s River.
- Burn some calories and see unique wild life: manatees, gar, alligators, and water fowl. You might even catch a glimpse of brave scuba divers as they dive into the spring boil (source of the spring).
2 – Get in the water!
- You can enter the swimming area via 2 different routes: 1) near the spring source/boil and 2) in the spring run.
- Once in the swim area you can swim, snorkel, or tube down the spring run.
- Keep in mind that this is a spring fed body of water. The water will be very refreshing (72°F)!
3 – Go boating – kayak/canoe rentals are available or bring your own.
- The park has a rental facility that has kayaks or canoes for rent. We rented a canoe once and had a blast. It was affordable and something we want to do again. Just need to work out the logistics of 2 kids…one of which is very, very energetic.
4 – Hit the playground!
- There’s a lovely playground surrounded by picnic tables, close to the restrooms, and snack shop.
- There is little to no shade on the actual playground, so sunscreen, water, and breaks in the shady picnic areas are recommended.
- Bonus, the playground is not near the water, so no worries of the little ones running off into the water.
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5 – Go Camping
There are 51 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, water and electric. Comfort stations (bathroom, shower, and some with washers and dryers) are available near by. There is a railroad track that runs to the east of the park. You can hear the trains throughout the night. I couldn’t sleep through it when I tent camped, but the rest of the family had no issues. I didn’t really notice the trains in the RV though.
There is a maximum stay of 14 days and reservations can easily be made online or by phone. There is a gate that locks at night, but you are given a code to enter after hours.
Campsites are semi-private. Foliage blocks some of the views from campsite to campsite, but you can still see and definitely hear your neighbors. Since we often stay at RV parks, the semi-private sites with more views of trees than our neighbors was a welcomed change. There are no lights at night (except for the comfort stations), so viewing the stars and the many fireflies was an added delight. We chose a site near the walking path that leads from the campground to a parking lot adjacent to the spring run swimming area.
There is a convenient dump station for RVs as well. The prices are also about half that of a standard RV park (even those without full-hook ups – sewer, power, water).
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Blue Spring State Park is very popular. They do close the park when it reaches capacity (get there early or late!!) and camping reservations need to be made well in advance. Some folks make the reservations up to 11 months in advance to ensure a spot.
We always have a wonderful time when we visit Blue Spring State Park and recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful and quiet (minus the trains) state park.
Find out more about Blue Spring State Park here.
We enjoyed a little tubing too. It was so much fun. Here’s the video: