Blue Spring State Park, Orange City: Our most recommended tours and activities

Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak

1. Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak

On this 3-hour excursion your group will paddle and explore the natural habitat of wild manatee. In the winter months we launch near springs and in the warmer months we paddle the river to find them feeding. While on the water we will also experience close encounters with otter, wading birds, turtles, alligators, deer, and the occasional black bear. Your guide will contact you the day before with the exact meeting point, update you on the wildlife seen on that days tour, and answer any questions you might have. They will also find out if you want to use single kayaks or two person tandem kayaks.

Orlando: Small Group Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour

2. Orlando: Small Group Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour

See manatees in their natural habitat in Blue Spring State Park on a kayaking tour. Explore the rivers and creeks and spot a range of other native species within the lush marshland. Enjoy priority entrance to Blue Spring State Park and experience a fantastic view of the spring and the manatees that are to be found in the area. Paddle to the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring, Orange City by kayak and encounter the many manatees that make the area their home. During the summer months indulge in a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the spring. Glide through the calm creeks and rivers of the park and discover a variety of animals including alligators and turtles who often can be seen sunbathing on the shores. Also, keep a lookout for bird species such as a variety of birds including ospreys, eagles, and kingfishers.

Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

3. Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

Discover Blue Spring State Park on a standup paddling or kayaking tour with a local guide. Learn why Blue Spring is an ideal manatee habitat, paddle through stunning emerald waters, and hear fascinating facts about the wildlife you spot from the water. Meet your guide at the water and get to grips with your standup paddleboard. Practice on land and then try it out in the water before taking off. If you don't feel ready for a full tour on the SUP, join the tour with a kayak instead. Once you're ready, head into the emerald waters of Blue Spring State Park. Paddle through these warm waters that never dip below 72°F, making them a safe space for manatees year-round. Spot West Indian manatees playing in this designated manatee refuge next to your board, and keep an eye overhead for the majestic bald eagle and sandhill cranes. Stop to admire turtles swimming or sunbathing on the sand.

Alabama: Dothan-Eufaula Area Multi-Attraction Pass

4. Alabama: Dothan-Eufaula Area Multi-Attraction Pass

Discover a selection of the finest attractions in Dothan, Eufala, and Auburn including Blue Springs State Park, Fendall Hall, and Landmark Park with a 3-day pass. Cool off and enjoy some peace and quiet at Blue Springs State Park in Clio. Admire one of the first great Italianate-style homes built in Alabama, Fendal Hall. Visit the 150-acre living history museum and park, Landmark Park, and the Alabama Agricultural Museum. Explore the many walking trails, an 1890s farmstead and town square, Planetarium, soda fountain, and playground in the park.

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What people are saying about Blue Spring State Park, Orange City

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 64 reviews

This was our first kayaking trip and we felt very safe with astrid our guide she was very knowledgeable about the area. We had a 13yr and 9yr old with us and they enjoyed the trip too we saw two manatees and multiple crocodiles as well as birds and turtles. Fabulous day for all of us and would definitely do again x

Though we were in the off season, we were still able to see manatees as well as other beautiful local wildlife! Our guide was very informative and respectful to us & the animals. We had a blast and would book with this company again!

Totally amazing trip! Astrid is very friendly, knowledgeable, so experience is definitely best. We saw manatees right near our kayak!!

A great and very nice boat tour with a great guide. We can only recommend that to everyone.

Great guide. Patient, knowledgeable, encouraging. Would do it again.