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West Indian Manatee at Blue Springs

Blue Springs State Park


Blue Springs State Park
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City

  • Open daily from 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Admission is $5.00 per vehicle for up to 8 people.
Just north of Orlando, the cool waters of Blue Springs not only serve as an important refuge for the West Indian Manatee, but visitors to the springs can partake in a large number of outdoor activities, such as camping, swimming and boating. Daily, about 100 million gallons of water gush from the 12 foot deep spring. Because of its crystal clear waters, the spring is known throughout Florida as a prime spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Blue Springs is also home to the fully restored, historic Thursby House , which was built in 1872 on the top of an ancient Indian shellmound, where it was kept safe from the floodwaters of the St. John's River. Louis Thursby was one of the first men to build a landing along the St. John's River, which helped to develop Blue Springs and served as a steamboat stop for northern tourists. Parts of the pilings from the steamboat dock still remain today, as a relic of from a different time in Florida's history.

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