Since the water temperature of the spring stays around 70°F, Blue Springs State Park becomes a sanctuary for manatees during the winter months. As the temperature of the St. John’s river falls, the manatees make their way to the source of the spring to escape the cold waters. They can be observed in their natural habitat from a boardwalk that runs along the shore of the river, but call ahead to make sure they are there before heading out. During manatee season from Nov 15-March 1, visitors can learn about these amazing mammals via an informative film located near the gift shop and concession stand. No swimming is allowed during manatee season. However, during the warm months, the park is very popular for swimmers, picnickers, and certified scuba divers. The park may reach capacity by mid morning so call ahead to before planning your visit. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available. Inner tubes are available for rent, but they are expensive at the park. Purchasing your own rafts at a discount store will save you money.
Last modified: August 17th, 2018