Get Close to Manatees in the “Real Florida”

by Sandra Foyt on January 21, 2012

in Travel Ideas

Just like the manatees leaving the cold St. John’s River, our family sought out the warmth of Blue Spring State Park.

manatees at Blue Spring State Park

Walking on boardwalks along the clear waters, we saw herons, snapping turtles, humongous fish, and manatee families, including the sweetest “little” baby manatee clinging to its mother.

It’s a pleasant spot, easily accessible, that is a beautiful setting for a family stroll.  Next time we plan to get even closer to the wildlife on a Narrated Nature River Cruise.

Blue Spring State Park is about as far as you can get from the Disney experience in Florida, and well worth the visit if only to experience “the Real Florida.”

Blue Spring State Park Manatees

Go See It!

Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, Florida 32763
(386) 775-3663
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
Admission Fee:
$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Lissa January 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

Reminds me that I need to get down to visit my Uncle & Aunt in Citrus Springs. They always speak of the manatees.

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