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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Florida’s Blue Spring State Park

Published 4/9/09
Blue Spring State Park. This park has two sides to it - in the summer people cool off in the crisp spring water and SCUBA dive and snorkel in the 120-foot deep natural spring; in the winter swimming is prohibited so that the endangered West Indian Manatee can take refuge in the warm 72 degree spring water, so people stay on the boardwalks and oogle the manatees. Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. John’s River and was once home to Native Americans. Now it’s a recreation hot spot year-round and I’ve heard it often closes on weekends when it reaches capacity. It wasn’t crowded at all when we visited , but I can’t imagine Monday mornings are busy anywhere. It costs $5 to park and you need to have cash for the parking lot attendant.
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