- Blue Spring State Park is a real treat especially if you are not a native Floridian. Upon entering the park, you are treated to sights of a moss-draped woodland, whose understory is actually a very developed and busy park. Within the grounds folks enjoy boating, scuba diving, hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking.
The park offers two separate picnic areas including picnic shelters for entertaining large group. Grills, drinking water and restrooms are handy throughout the park. One of the picnic areas has a large covered barbecue pit available by reservation. A small fee applies from October through March. Contact the park office for details.
Winter visitors are treated to sights of the docile manatees.
Visitors to Blue Springs State Park may also be interested in knowing that the park offers a tour boat that follows a 2.5-hour route that travels from the mouth of Blue Springs Run and through a canal that leads to Dead River. At Dead River, the tour boat picks up more tourists as it passes Hontoon Island State Park then circles back to Blue Spring Run. The trip includes a restaurant stop. Reservations can be made by calling the park office.
Historians will find it interesting to learn that three-story Thursby House is located at the park. Before settling at Blue Springs, Louis Thursday abandoned New York to become a soldier in the Mexican War. After the war, he became one of the first successful citrus fruit growers and tradesman from Central Florida.
Directions: Take exit 114 off Interstate 4 and follow the signs. Go south on 17/92 to Orange City, about 2.5 miles. Make a right onto West French Avenue.