Blue Spring State Park Homeschool Field Trip Fun

by Chris D
(Orlando, FL )

Visiting the Manatees with friends!

Visiting the Manatees with friends!

Florida homeschooling mom shares fun ideas and great tips when going on a homeschool field trip to Blue Spring State Park, located in Orange City, Florida.

Blue Spring State Park is a wonderful place to swim in the summer. The water stays at 72 degrees, so in the hot Florida summer, the water feels very cool. You can take a tube from one end of the spring run to the other. Kids 5 and up can handle this. Little ones can be held in a baby float near the main swim platform where there are steps to climb into the water. An adult can stand in the water there.

Blue Spring is also fantastic in the winter! Manatees gather to try and keep warm in the spring run. They can be viewed from the boardwalk/ swim platform. Swimming with the manatees is not allowed, though. The best time to see manatees is in the early morning when they are waking up, then they tend to move out to the main river to look for food. We recommend you get there when the park opens at 8:00 AM.

The boardwalk that goes along the spring run is about 1/2 mile long and it is stroller friendly! It is a very informative self guided nature walk. It's a lovely walk at any time of year. You can also catch an educational film about manatees in the main building, historical sites, and a playground.

We also love camping there, it's fun to spend the night and wake up for a fun day at the park!

Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, FL 32763-9501
(386) 775-3663

$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

What a fun Florida homeschool field trip destination, Chris! Thanks for including some great photos - love the manatee! Blessings, Heather :)

Homeschool Savings Tip
To celebrate special occasions, entry into Florida's state parks will be FEE-FREE or DISCOUNTED on the following days in 2011.
  • Mothers Day – 50 percent entry fee for families with mothers*
  • Fathers Day – 50 percent entry fee for families with fathers*
  • National Park and Recreation Day (July 17, 2011) – Free for all*
  • Literacy Month (September 11, 2011) – Free with library card, library book or donation of family-friendly book*
  • Veterans Day – Free for all*
*Excludes the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

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