Discover the Awesome Magic of the Orange City, Blue Spring Manatee Festival January 22nd and January 23rd!
Very warm greetings to you! Yes – it’s that time of year once again when all of us manatees celebrate! Celebrate where? At the 37th Annual Manatee Festival on Saturday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 23rdat Blue Spring State Park! This 2,600-acre park is located in Orange City, Florida. Blue Spring State Park is in Volusia County and it’s nestled along the banks of the St. Johns River. The park is located about 30 miles northeast of Orlando, Florida and 30 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, Florida.
Uncover Hundreds of Manatees in Florida’s Largest Spring – Blue Spring State Park an Extraordinary Triple Crown Winner!
Blue Spring State Park is a Triple Crown winner! According to Florida’s Natural Wonders, Blue Spring is actually “a first magnitude spring, meaning it discharges more than 100 cubic feet of water per second. In fact, Blue Spring discharges about 165 million gallons/day!” Here are some more fun facts for you about Blue Spring…
- It has the largest spring, which feeds the St. Johns River. The St. Johns is the longest river in Florida, flowing south to north, and spanning 310 miles!
- Blue Spring State Park is the only park in Florida’s State Park System – to receive the National Gold Medal 3 times! A Triple Crown Winner! No other state has even won it twice!
- It has a year-round 72 degrees Fahrenheit water temperature, which is courtesy of its natural warm spring. However, from November 15th through March 15th, the spring is a refuge for only us manatees! Sorry humans. During these cooler winter months, there may be up to 600 or more of us manatees partying and just having a grand old time in the spring! Remember, we are warm-blooded marine mammals and we prefer water temperatures in the 70’s. So, when Florida’s winter nights get cooler and the St. Johns River dips into the 50’s, Blue Spring State Park – here we come! The result? We all celebrate every January at our awesome Manatee Festival!
Don’t Forget to Grab Your Kobee Manatee Educational Books for all the Kiddos at The Manatee Gift Shop!
You’ll quickly uncover one-of-a kind manatee gifts at Blue Spring’s Manatee Gift Shop! Wooden manatee replicas, manatee DVDs, and the award-winning Kobee Manatee educational picture books for the kiddos!
Event Dates and Times
Saturday January 22, 2022
Sunday January 23, 2022
The 37th Annual Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Food, Fun, Art and Crafts!
The event will be held on January 22nd and January 23rd, 2022 at Valentine Park in Orange City. Open to public 9:00am to 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday
Continuous Entertainment for the Whole Family!
Arts & Crafts Show with Over 100 Booths
Music and Dancing!
Disc Connected K9s – World Famous Frisbee Dogs
Children’s Area with: Shows – Face Panting – Games
Environmental Conservation Displays
Come Join the Fun!
The Festival is a Fund Raiser for the Orange City Community. The proceeds will benefit “Friends of Blue Spring State Park”, Educational scholarships, and other Greater Orange City Organizations.
Adults – $8
Children Ages 4-10 – $2
Children 3 And Under – FREE
Dogs – $10
Free Shuttle Bus to Blue Spring State Park – See Hundreds of Awesome Manatees!
Fun for The Whole Family!
If you are in Florida and you see a sick or injured manatee, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee