Blue Spring is home to over fifteen threatened and endangered animals, such as tortoises, scrub jays and bears. What the serene 72 degree spring is most famous for though are its manatees, given that it is one of the best locations to view these animals in the wild without needing a boat. The state park has platforms spread along the river where visitors can take a stroll and capture the beauty of these picture-perfect waters while finding a few manatees. While you may spot these creatures all-year round, they are mostly visible during the winter, specifically January or February.
Although swimming isn’t permitted during the winter months when the manatees are prominently present, Blue Spring opens its refreshing waters to swimmers from the Spring up until the early Fall. Guests can enjoy floating along the mellow river with tube rentals available, or they also have the option of canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding. If all the fun gets you to work up an appetite, Blue Spring has plenty of picnic spots as well as a small Cantina if you did not bring your own food.
So whether you are just moving to Orlando
or are visiting the area and want to explore Florida beyond its theme parks, head on over to Blue Spring and bring some snacks, a device to capture photos and good company!