The West Volusia region is known for its diversity of vacation experiences including house boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and endless outdoor recreation and water activities. Home to the St. Johns River, Florida’s only America Heritage River, three award winning Florida State Parks, a National Wildlife Refuge, and a number of county and municipal parks, there is something for everyone!
Go swimming in crystal clear springs
Visitors flock to Blue Spring and DeLeon Springs State Parks each summer because the crystal clear water is a refreshing way to stay cool. Swim, snorkel or float in this water lover’s paradise. In the winter, Blue Spring State Park becomes a winter refuge for hundreds of manatees.
Kayaking or canoeing the Blueways on the St. Johns River is a great way to explore and see an unspoiled side of Florida that still appears as it did hundreds of years ago, totally natural. If you love photography or birding, this is a great way to get up close and personal with amazing wildlife.
Take a scenic river cruise
If paddling isn’t your thing, why not take a relaxing scenic river cruise with an experienced tour guide. Or, if you prefer something more adventurous an airboat tour might be just what you’re looking for. With either option, you will see an amazing variety wildlife and birds in unspoiled natural landscapes.
Act like a kid at area splash pads
The West Volusia region has several splash pads where you can have fun while cooling off.
DeBary Community Park – open Tuesday thru Sunday from March thru October.
Deltona Wes Krile Park – open Tuesday thru Sunday from June thru September.
Orange City Veteran’s Memorial Park and Mill Lake Park – open daily 10am-6pm from March thru October.
Rent a pontoon boat
Explore the winding maze of easily navigated waterways on the magnificent St. Johns River – Pontoon boat rentals are available by the hour, ½ day, and day from a number of marinas along the St. Johns River. This is a great way to combine fishing and family activities, so if you just want to relax and enjoy natural landscapes and abundant wildlife or you want to cast your line for the opportunity to hook a 10-pounder, this is a great option for you. Bring a picnic lunch or dock at one of several riverfront restaurants for an unforgettable experience.
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