Florida State Parks charges an entrance fee of $6 per vehicle. All rentals and tours are an additional fee.
Guests can swim in most areas of the springs from the shallow waters of the upper entrance, upstream to explore the depths of the spring boil, to a lazy drift down the spring run. For a map of activiites on the park refer to the State Park Map: https://www.floridastateparks.org/sites/default/files/media/file/Blue%20Spring%20-%200816.pdf
In the winter months, swimming availability is subject to change depending on manatee activity.
Tubing in the Spring is available during summer months only. Single tubes start at $7 for the first hour with double tubes starting $9.96. Guests can repeat the tube route as many times as their rental length allows. Tubing is walk-in only.
Kayaking is allowed through the beautiful St. Johns River. Kayaks and canoes must be reserved in advance. No same day bookings available. Kayaking in the spring is prohibited.
Contact Florida State Parks for capacity information and status. If a reservation has been made for tour or rentals, arrive when park opens and prepare to show confirmation of booking.
Life vests are NOT required, but can be bought or rented for $10 a day. Life vests are automatically provided with canoe or kayak rentals.
In regards to hiking, there is an accessible boardwalk which leads visitors on a self-guided tour through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.
Pine Island trail is 3.6 miles in length (one way) and takes visitors to the St. Johns River.
Blue Springs is a designated as a Manatee Refuge and these gentle creatures are most prominent in the spring during the winter months (November through March, depending on temperatures). There is a live webcam available during these months.