Blue Springs’ St. John’s River Cruises Family Video Review

Blue Springs’ St. John’s River Cruises Family Video Review – On President’s Day in 2019, My Central Florida Family enjoyed a trip down the St. John’s River on St. John’s River Cruises (out of Blue Springs State Park). This is our Family Video Review!

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When we set off for our trip on the St. John’s River aboard St. John’s Cruises out of Blue Springs State Park, I wasn’t sure what we were going to encounter, but I’m so happy that we chose to take this excursion!

This park is located about 15-60 minutes outside of Central Florida (depending on where you live). Located just northwest from Sanford, it’s a very easy drive to get there. Upon entering Blue Springs State Park, which is one of our favorites, you take a winding road to the end where there is a parking lot. Note that there are opportunities to camp, fish, put a boat in and more at this awesome park.

Once we were parked, we made a quick restroom break and then checked in for our boat tour. We arrived about an hour early, so we set off down the dock to check out the manatees. In January through March, the water of the St. John’s is so cold that the manatees come into the springs for warmer water! In January and February, you can see hundreds of them on a cold day. On this day, we saw about 5 of them in the crystal clear water of the springs. And, we saw fish too!

After walking alongside the springs, we headed back for our boat tour. Once on the boat, we traveled for 2 hours up the St. John’s where we saw so many different birds, alligators, turtles and plant life. Traveling through smaller channels, it was a beautiful view of wildlife and nature. The captain took us in for close looks and stopped along the way when a longer look was warranted. My 8-year old was intrigued with all the views we took in.

The narrator was so informative about the St. John’s, it’s past, present and future, and all of the inhabitants of the area. We learned a thing or two for sure!

After leaving the boat, we spent a little time walking around before departing. We hope you enjoyed the Video Review above and our helpful tips below.

Below, check out our Top 6 Suggestions for this opportunity:

  1. Bring cash. While credit card is accepted for the $6 entry fee per car into the park, there are bottles of water and chips on sale during the cruise for $1 or $.50.
  2. Bring your own snacks and drinks for the trip.
  3. Bring your binoculars for up close viewing and searching.
  4. If you have a sensitive tush, bring added cushion or padding to sit on for this 2 hour journey.
  5. For cold months, bring a blanket or jacket and for hot months, bring a fan or wear light clothing.
  6. The boat loads 10 minutes prior to departure and a line forms about 20 minutes til, so if you have a large party, get in line early to ensure you all sit together.

Disclaimer: This Blue Springs’ St. John’s River Cruises Family Video Review is based on the experience of My Central Florida and should be taken as opinion of that experience. Details are subject to change over time so be sure to verify details from our accounts.