Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blue Spring State Park Visit

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Blue Spring State Park
Blue Spring State Park covers around 2600 acres.  It is located on the St. Johns River, in Orange City, FL.
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St. Johns River
You can go tubing in the springs, but not during Manatee Season, which is Mid November - March 15th.
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Blue Spring State Park is a designated Manatee Refuge, but their are other wildlife that can be found, such as gators, many varieties of birds, the Florida Black Bear and more.

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An Alligator Den
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An Anhinga Sunning Itself
Louis Thursby settled in the area in 1856 and built his house in 1872, which still stands at Blue Spring Park today.

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The Thursby House
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You are allowed to tour the inside of the house too, but the day we visited, they were not giving tours, so we could not go upstairs.  I am not sure if with a tour you could go upstairs, but that would have been neat.
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When you visit this park, remember to come early.  They will close the parking lot when full and you will not be able to enter the park.  We visited in July and arrived at 9:30 a.m. and there was plenty of parking.  As soon as we arrived, we bought tickets to go on the 2 hour narrated Nature and Ecological Cruise on the historic St. Johns River.  Cruises Depart Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Nadia and I really enjoyed the cruise.  We saw a lot of Alligators, one turkey, many birds, but no manatee.  It was not the season and too hot.

We had a great guide and we learned a lot about the area.

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 A thunderstorm was rolling in.

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Thunderstorms coming
When we were done with our cruise, we went back to our car and I got out our picnic lunch I packed. After we were done eating, we were going to try an inner tube in the springs.

The springs remain a constant temperature of 73 degrees all year long!

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Trail a long the springs
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The Springs
Unfortunately, the thunderstorm reached us after we were done eating, so we did not get a chance to float down the springs, but I can tell you that they had stairs to use to get in and you could rent lockers to put your valuables in.

Blue Spring State Park has a lot to offer.  There is camping, tubing, snorkeling, boat tours and hiking. There is even a Wilderness Escape Guided Segway tour.

I really enjoyed this park and would like to come back and try camping sometime.


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