Know Before You Go:
- Admission is $6 for the entire vehicle.
- The park is open all year, but during manatee season (November-March) no recreational water activities are allowed.
- Tube rentals are available and they charge by the hour. You can also bring your own tube but it cannot exceed 6ft tall or wide.
- The spring run is about 1/8 mile and took us about 25 minutes.
- Locker rentals are also available through the concession shop.
Tips for Blue Spring State Park:
- ARRIVE EARLY! I cannot emphasize this enough. The park regularly reaches capacity, especially on the weekends. We arrived to the park right at the 8 a.m.opening and there was already a line of about 40 cars waiting to get in.
- If you bring your own tube, the rental company will inflate it for $1 per tube. Had I realized this before we went, I would have brought two for us instead of renting them.
- To get to the spring head, it's a short swim upstream. I suggest heading there first to enjoy the spring without a bunch of people and then renting your tube (they charge by the hour!) to float a few times down the run.
Other Blue Spring State Park Activities:
- Hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail.
- Tour the historic Thursby house, built in 1872.
- Launch a canoe or kayak (rentals are available) and paddle up the spring run or the St. Johns River.
- Take a guided river boat cruise.
- Have a picnic in the park or at one of the three pavilions.
- For a full list of amenities, visit the State Parks website here.
Where to Eat in Orange City:
- We stopped by Blue Springs Brewing - Riverwalk Pizzeria and Brewpub for a bite after our half day adventure. Our late lunch consisted of pizza for Max, a calzone for me, brews (of course!) and some zeppolis to top it all off. I would definitely recommend this spot.
- On a previous trip, we stopped by TropiShack which was also good! If you're looking for lighter lunch, this would be a better option.