Official tracking of the manatees began in the 1970s with only 36 appearing in the spring in the wintertime. Today over 500 manatees will congregate each winter in this warm, safe haven.
Blue Springs State Park is also a great location for birding aficionados. The Florida scrub-jay calls the park home making it likely to catch a glimpse of one or hear its call. Camping, hiking, and spots to picnic also draw visitors during these cooler months.
The park is open from 8:00 until sunset all year and entrance is $6 per vehicle. For more information about Blue Spring State Park, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park.