These past 2 months we have enjoyed family visiting us all the way from the Midwest! It has been very exciting to share with my family some of our favorite spots within Orlando. By now, you probably already know that I am intrigued by the many beautiful state parks within Orlando. This past week we actually discovered a new state park that is just Northwest of Orlando, Blue Spring State Park.
Since living in Orlando for 5 years I have yet to explore this serene area, until just this last week. I always hear people say wonderful things about it, so I knew I would eventually get out there (only about an hour drive from Orlando). Whether you live within the surrounding Orlando area, or will be visiting here soon, this is definitely a place to recharge and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.
I created a video for you to experience just a few of the things that I was able to capture. Please excuse some of the flaws within this video, it’s definitely a learning experience for me and I know it’s not perfect.
(Quick story time! My camera died on me, so I used my iPhone and totally did not realize I should have turned it horizontal for a landscape view! Duh, Amanda! RIGHT?! Anyways, it’s still a great video because…you’ll see manatees and a little red-headed boy!) =)
- Cost: $6 per vehicle (2-8 people) OR $4 single occupant
- Hours: 8am-sunset (365 days a year)
- Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a leash.
- If you’re going with little ones I recommend bringing your carrier or stroller.
- Manatee season runs from mid-November until March (you’ll be able to see them right on top of the water).
- The spring runs off the St. John’s River and temperature stays around 73 degrees.
- Guided river tours are offered during the day at 10am and 1pm (for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724)
- You can swim, snorkel, and scuba dive (make sure to call for more details).
- Enjoy a self guided tour of the historic Thursby house, which was built during the steamboat era.
- You will find pavilion areas, a playground, huge grass area, picnic tables, concession stand, kayak and other rentals.
- Enjoy a stroll along a boardwalk (one-third mile walk).
- Tube along the spring, rentals are provided. (click here to view other State Parks that also offer tubing.)
- Primitive camping along with cabins are offered.
Just a few Facts
- Blue Spring is a winter refuge for the Manatees.
- While visiting you will possibly see herons, turtles, alligators, and many fish & birds
- You can click here to be directed to a live camera of the manatees!
- Once you arrive they will provide you with the “count” of manatees for that day.
Have you been to Blue Spring State Park? If not, this is definitely a place to put on your list of places to visit!
I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page, as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!
Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life