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Spending Your Afternoon on the St. Johns River in a Boat

Last updated 7 years ago

Florida is home to some of the finest tourist attractions in the United States, including Disneyworld, Busch Gardens, and Aquatica; but the first popular tourist attraction in Florida was the St. Johns River. While the steamboats that traversed its waters in the 1800s have long since disappeared, the beauty and mystique that has captivated tourists for hundreds of years remains. At nearly 310 miles long, there is no shortage of things to do on the beautiful St. Johns River.

  • Snorkeling in Blue Spring – Blue Spring is the largest (and arguably most beautiful) spring on the St. Johns River. The springs’ crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers alike. While Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge, swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted and is strictly enforced.  
  • Relaxing in Wekiwa Springs – Of all the beautiful vistas along the St. Johns River, Wekiwa Springs offers a nostalgic glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians called these lands home. Here, you can drop anchor, enjoy a picnic, and take a swim in one of Florida’s great historical refuges.  
  • Bass Fishing in Lake George – The St. Johns River is known for its fantastic bass fishing. While you can enjoy great fishing along the entirety of the river, a few areas in particular are noteworthy for their incredible largemouth bass. Lake George, for example, the widest and largest lake on the St. Johns River, is home to some of the best largemouth bass fishing in all of Florida.

Located at the Port of Sanford, directly on the beautiful St. Johns River at I-4 Exit #104, Boat Tree Marina is a one-of-kind, full-service marina in Orlando. For those who don’t yet own a boat, we also offer boat rentals! To learn more about our marina services, contact us online or dial (888) 485-9883.


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