Parks and Recreation
Visitors flock to the parks in St. Johns River Country for a lot of different reasons. Some vacationers like to take a boat ride to admire the scenery while sailing on one of our picturesque lakes. Others like to admire the flora and fauna as they hike a park trail. Picnicking, swimming, camping, and playing games are a few other popular activities. Check out some information about the parks and recreation areas in St. Johns River Country.
Blue Spring State Park in Orange City
Visitors interested in seeing manatees should make a beeline for Blue Spring State Park. This park serves as a refuge for these incredible animals. Blue Spring State Park is perfect for swimmers and snorkelers who love warm, clear water. Other activities to enjoy in the park include kayaking, birdwatching, scuba diving, hiking, and boating.
Hontoon Island State Park in DeLand
One of the most unique things about Hontoon Island State Park is that you have to travel by park ferry or boat to get there. Rent a canoe and cruise the water or hike to the Indian mound located in the southwestern part of the island. There is also a museum where visitors can learn about the island’s history.
Gemini Springs Park in DeBary
There are two freshwater springs in Gemini Springs. Visitors can ride the one-mile bike loop in the park or walk the nature trails. There is also a dock for fishing and many inviting sites where you can set up camp.
Lake Monroe Park in DeLand
This is one of the oldest parks in the area as well as one of the most beloved by visitors. You can enjoy boating, camping, and fishing at Lake Monroe Park. The park has nature trails that offer visitors a close-up view of plants, animals, and flowers. In addition, there is a volleyball court and a playground for the kids to enjoy.
Tiger Bay State Forest in Daytona Beach
This forest gets its name from the wetlands known as Tiger Bay. Visitors have lots of choices when it comes to enjoying Tiger Bay State Forest. Bicycling, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and hiking are just a few examples of park activities. Many visitors bring their cameras along to capture photos of the many picturesque areas in this forest.
Remember that no trip to St. Johns River Country is complete without a visit to one of our beautiful parks!