Every year my family takes at least one trip to view the manatees in residence during the cold
months in Orange City, Florida at Blue Spring State Park. When weather gets cold (okay, not as
cold as up north, but cold for Florida) manatees like to be in the warm spring water.
Sometimes the manatee count goes upwards of 200. That’s right, hundreds of manatees, and
their adorable babies, all in one spring area.
Can you tell we LOVE manatees?!
I highly encourage you to visit Blue Spring State Park for other events as well. We have attended
ranger walks to see fireflies and other animals. At certain times during the year you can snorkel
or canoe. Check with the rangers to find out which activities are available during your visit.
You may see alligators, turtles, tons of fish, otters, turkeys, owls, and more!
Stay for a day or camp overnight, just be sure to check in advance for events, campsite
availability, etc. The park does reach capacity quickly on weekends, holidays and special event
Make sure you check out the playground, cafe, and the historic Thursby House.