Thirty-five miles from Orlando, Florida’s exciting theme parks and attractions, a natural retreat provides a relaxing day of outdoor recreation activities. At the Blue Springs State Park, a sprawl of Live Oak trees and a scenic backdrop provide the perfect hiking, picnicking or camping spots. Winding through the park is the clear water of the St. Johns River, which offers memorable canoeing, scuba diving, kayaking and boating experiences.
Blue Springs State Park would not be complete without the West Indian manatee. Between December and March, the West Indian manatee migrates up the St. Johns River to the warm waters of the Blue Springs manatee refuge. During this time, park visitors are free to view these gentle giants in this 12-foot deep spring. Averaging ten-feet in length and weighing up to a ton, the West Indian manatee draws thousands of tourists and nature adventurists each year. However, swimming with these majestic creatures is prohibited as they are endangered. As the manatees leave the sanctuary, guests are free to swim, snorkel, tube and partake in many other St. Johns River recreational offerings.