Blue Spring State Park

If you want a complete rest from the Parks then take a drive out to Blue Spring State Park it is about an 1.25hr drive from Kissimmee.

Cost around $4.00 to $10.00 per vehicle for up to 8 people. Blue Springs is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During Manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred Manatee can be viewed from the Park’s Boardwalks.

The springs crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, Canoeing and boating are also enjoyed along the St. John’s River. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. All water activities are suspended whilst the Manatees are present.

A self-guided tour inside The Historic Thursby house, built in 1872, can also be experienced. In addition the park has plenty of picnic areas as well as three covered pavilions.

The park reaches capacity in the summer swimming season and in the winter Manatee season.  It is recommended to arrive early to ensure entrance into the park.