Fodor's Expert Review Blue Spring State Park

Daytona Beach Fodor's Choice

January and February are the top months for sighting sea cows at this designated manatee refuge, but they begin to head here in November, as soon as the water gets cold enough (below 68°F). Your best bet for spotting a manatee is to walk along the boardwalk. The park, which is 30 miles southwest of Daytona Beach on Interstate 4, was once a river port where paddle wheelers stopped to take on cargoes of oranges. Home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, the park offers hiking, camping, picnicking facilities, and two-bedroom cabins (two-night minimum weekends and holidays). It also contains a historic homestead that's open to the public.

Fodor's Choice Park (National/State/Provincial)

Quick Facts

2100 W. French Ave.
Orange City, Florida  32763, USA

386-775–3663

www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $6 per vehicle, up to 8 people; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists

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