Swimming & Canoeing at Wekiwa Springs State Park
Enjoy A Fun Day Swimming, Canoeing or Hiking At Wekiwa Springs
When I first moved to Orlando I couldn't wait to see what the area had to offer a nature lover like me. I knew Orlando was the home of the theme parks and I couldn't wait to explore them. But I like to get away from the crowds too. I asked a few people from, church, work and my neighborhood for a recommendation where to go. The one park that was mentioned repeatedly was Wekiwa Springs State Park. Our family has enjoyed many fun filled days here since then. We spend a lot of afternoons floating on a tubes or canoeing there.
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, Florida 32712
Hours open 8am - sunset 365 days a year
$6 per vehicle 2-8 people
If you are on vacation in the Orlando area I highly recommend taking a day to come here. Your family will enjoy all the activities there are to do and it is much less crowded and far cheaper than a day at Disney!
Items To Bring With You
Waterproof up to 10 ft underwater
New, sleek shape fits in the hand and most cup holders
Taking a Hike on the Nature Trail
I couldn't wait to spend a day with my family hiking and enjoying Florida's natural beauty. Wekiwa has hiking trails that vary in length from 1/8th of a mile to 13.5 miles. The portion of the trail we chose to walk on was mostly flat and clearly marked which was great as we were hiking with a 3 & 4 year old. It is a boardwalk that meets ADA standards. We saw plenty of wildlife. The kids were delighted as we spotted deer, raccoon, opossum and squirrel. We had one squirrel that followed us down the boardwalk even coming straight up to us begging for food! To my son's delight he saw a large turtle, a baby alligator, and some frogs and lizards. There were also plenty of species of birds for those of you who love bird watching.
Rugged handheld navigator with preloaded worldwide relief base map and 2.2-inch color display
WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support for fast positioning and a reliable signal
Powered with two AA batteries; waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc
Support for paperless geocaching
I have been making this recipe for years. It is quick, easy and yummy too!
- !/2 c. Pecans
- 1/2 c. Cashews
- 1/2 c. Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 1 cup Pretzels
- !/2 c. Raisins or Yogurt Covered Raisins
- 1/2 c. M&M's
- 1/2 c. Dried Fruit
- any kind you like
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Divide and place in heavy duty zip bags. This is the perfect snack to bring hiking or canoeing.
Canoeing Wekiwa Springs
We love canoeing and the 17 mile long Wekiwa Springs was one of the best times I have had in the park. The serene untouched beauty of the surroundings was very beautiful. There was wildlife all around and the kids enjoyed seeing the turtles and fish in the water. The canoe trips vary from a short 1 hour paddle tour to a full 8 hour day. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available at Nature Adventures located near the concession stand. Life jackets are provided if needed.
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Swimming, Tubing and Snorkeling
On a hot Florida day there is nothing better than spending a day swimming in Wekiwa Springs 72 degree water. The springs are located at the bottom of a grassy hillside that is perfect for sunbathing and picnics. The spring is walled and the bottom is sandy and about 5 foot in depth. The springs gets very crowded on hot days so keep an extra close eye on children and non swimmers because there is no lifeguard on duty! They also have a hydraulically powered swim lift to help visitors who need assistance getting in and out of the water.
The blanket features water-resistant nylon backing while polyester batting provides a layer of cushioning
An easy-to-carry sling with shoulder straps and storage pockets makes it easy tote around and store
Blanket measures 54 x 84 inches
Holds 59 cans
Large wheels and tow handle for one-person pulling
Hinged lid with built-in can holders
Woven from all-natural willow
Service for 4 includes plates, glasses, flatware, a bottle opener, and shakers
Securing straps keep items in place; interior lined with cotton plaid material
Carrying handle; 2 separate lids that open from the center
Measures 17-6/7 by 12 by 15 inches
What Else Can I Do While I Am Here?
There is a large playground right next to a covered picnic table area. There were a few bbq grills available as well.
If you want to fish you will need a Florida fishing license.
There is a 9 mile bike trail and those 16 and under are required to wear a bicycle helmet.
A 8 mile 2 loop horseback riding trail is available.
If you like camping Wekiwa has primitive group, and full facility sites available through Reserve America.
Pets are allowed but when we brought our dog there were so many places that she wasn't allowed to go that it is better to leave your pet at home.
Explore These Topics Further
Geocaching is a new trend that many hikers now enjoy doing. Geocaching takes you to areas of the park you might not otherwise see. It works like a scavenger hunt where you seek treasure or clues to other areas of the park.
Using your GPS device you input the coordinates then find the geocache (container).
Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures is located in Wekiwa Springs and rents canoes and kayaks. Horseback rides are available too.