Blue Spring State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

The Blue Spring State Park is known as Florida’s premier manatee refuge, and more than 300 of the animals flock to the area during the winter months. It’s also the habitat for at least 15 threatened or endangered plants and animals. You may see herons and other wading birds, swimming turtles, and possibly an alligator sunning himself. Stroll along the 0.4-mile boardwalk to see these animals and to learn more about them.

The spring waters at the park are 72F year-round, and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and a host of other activities. The weather out of the water is warm year-round as well, ranging from the 70’s to the 90’s each day, and dropping into the 40’s on the very coldest days of the year.

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Weather
Spring 77-86 F
Summer 90-91 F
Fall 77-89 F
Winter 70-72 F
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Nearby Cities
Orange City, FL
Deltona, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Blue Spring State Park

The RV campgrounds at Blue Spring State Park have electricity and dump stations and are pet-friendly. If you do choose to use an RV, consider renting one from us at RVshare.com. You’ll get the perfect vehicle for your needs, at a price that suits you. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed. You can rent an RV at your home and drive it to the park, or if you’d prefer, you can fly to Florida and then rent an RV there to head to the park. 

Luna Sands Resort

A family owned and operated campground for 30+ years, Luna Sands accommodates all types of RVs and motorhomes. Oaks, palm trees, and pines offer nicely shaded campsites, and the pond is home to storks, ibis, cranes, eagles, hummingbirds, and other native birds. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, laundry, showers, dog park, shuffleboard

DeLand/St. Johns KOA

Alongside the meandering St. Johns River, this new KOA is the perfect place to relax! Rent a canoe or kayak from the campground and paddle along the shore, or grab some fresh seafood from the on-site restaurant. There’s also live music on weekends, and the campground is close to the town of DeLand and its architecture, shopping, and restaurants. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, showers, laundry​​, snack bar, boat rental

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What to Do at
Blue Spring State Park

Inside Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring is along the St. Johns River, and there’s plenty to do to explore the park! Take a boat tour, go on a hike, or visit the Thursby House, which hosted steamboat passengers as they headed up and down the river. Other activities in the park include:

Birding: Look for Florida scrub-jays, which live in the park, and listen for their calls (just remember, it’s against the law to feed them!).

Boat Tours: Take a two-hour narrated cruise to learn about the nature and ecology of the St. Johns River. 

Paddling: Canoe Blue Spring Run and the St. Johns River. You can rent canoes and kayaks along the river. 

Hiking: Take a self-guided tour along the accessible boardwalk to Blue Spring. There are also longer trails that take you through various plant communities, from desert scrub to the St. Johns River. 

Scuba Diving: Certified divers are allowed to scuba inside the park. Check the rules here to be sure you have all the necessary equipment and permits. 

Swimming: You can swim in the crystal clear waters of the spring, but be aware swimming with the manatees is not permitted.

Tubing: You can take a relaxing float about an eighth of a mile from an upper entry to the main dock. 

Outside Blue Spring State Park

The nearby beach town of Gulf Shores is home to plenty of things to do once your outside the park. From shopping to restaurants to golfing, you’re sure to find something to do in this beautiful seaside place!

Restaurants

Of course, this region is known for its seafood! Try some...or another delicious dish after a long day hiking and swimming.

Swamp House Grill

The Swamp House River Front Grill and Happy Snapper Tiki Bar overlook the St. Johns River. Arrive at the restaurant by car or motorcycle...or by boat or even paddleboat. There’s live music on weekends, and the menu is filled with Cajun dishes, specializing in seafood (try the Gator nuggets!)

Type: Cajun

Location: DeBary, FL

Lelo’s Barbeque

This restaurant specializes in chicken and seafood with a Puerto Rican flair. Try the Mofongo Plantain, or grab a sub if you want something quick & easy.

Type: Puerto Rican

Location: Orange City, FL

Tropi Shack

The idea behind Tropi Shack is simple - make fresh food with quality ingredients at affortable prices. The Shack has a mix of Cuban sandwiches, subs, and one of the largest selections of ice cream and sorbet in central Florida.

Type: Sub sandwiches/Cubans

Location: Orange City, FL

Shopping

Pretty Little Things of DeLand

Pop in to this adorable vintage, home decor, and fashion boutique in historic downtown DeLand for a unique outfit to take home, or a fun souvenir to remind you of your trip! Browse the variety of vintage items including cameras, irons, crates, and milk glass, or find an accessory to complement your outfit.

Location: DeLand

Sightseeing

The Stetson Museum

Visit “The House That Hats Built,” and Florida’s most historic home. The state’s first luxury estate has been rescued and restored and is open for tours. See the inlaid parquet floors and antique windows with more than 10,000 panes of glass. The house is furnished, decorated, and updated with “a blend of the ages as if the original wealthy family still owned it.” Prices begin at $22 for adults and $15 for children and vary, depending on the tour.

Location: DeLand, FL

Seminole Aerial Adventures

There! Up in the trees at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens! What sort of strange creature is that, hopping and flying around? Is that a...human? Zip from tree to tree using rope bridges, zip lines, suspected discs, and other unique aerial systems to explore the zoo from up above. Prices for zoo admission are $19.50 for adults and $13.75 for kids.

Location: Sanford, FL

Museum of Art - DeLand

The museum is dedicated to promoting and showing art created by local artists like Jackson Walker and Betty Press. Take part in a workshop on abstract painting, gaze at the creations, and stop by the gift store for a unique souvenir to take home. Prices are $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.

Location: DeLand, FL

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How to Get to
Blue Spring State Park

Take I-4 to Orange City. Turn west on French Ave. and follow the road until the pavement ends. Turn left into the park entrance.

Entering Blue Spring State Park

Like most state parks there is a fee to enter Blue Springs State Park:

Per Vehicle : $6

You’re sure to remember a trip to Blue Spring State Park for a long time after! From landfaring activities like bicycling and hiking to spending time in the water paddling or swimming...and especially manatee-watching...there’s sure to be an activity for everyone in your group! While you’re out and about, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!