Blue Springs State Park, Florida
Blue Springs State Park, Florida

Blue Spring is a first magnitude spring, pouring forth over one hundred million gallons of water a day, and like the springs around Crystal River, the water stays a constant seventy-two degrees year round. So manatees love it, and many will swim miles up the St. Johns River to get to it.

Blue Springs State Park, Florida

We took a boardwalk path up to the source of the spring and got exceptional views of all sorts of wildlife along the way. Turtles, alligators, and any number of birds and fish, but the stars of the show were being quite shy. The half dozen or so manatees we saw were all resting on the other side of the river from the path, so we didn't get a very good view.

Manatees at Blue Springs State Park, Florida

But that was fine with us, we really didn't want to get greedy. We had already experienced about the best manatee encounter anyone could ever hope for.

Blue Springs State Park, Florida

One of the groups working to preserve the manatee population is Friends of Blue Springs State Park. For twenty-eight years they have been raising funds and awareness with The Orange City / Blue Springs Manatee Festival.

Blue Springs State Park, Florida

Blue Springs State Park, Florida

An alligator at Blue Springs State Park, Florida

Blue Springs State Park, Florida

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com




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