Your Guide to Wekiva Island: A River Paradise in Central Florida
Posted On July 10, 2020
The following guest post is from fellow blogger Krysti Reif. Right now many of us are dreaming of when we can escape and travel in crowds again. If your dreams include central Florida, put this on your bucket list.
A secluded paradise down the river from Wekiwa Springs, Wekiva Island offers an array of outdoor activities and recreation for all ages! It’s not really a state park but more of a recreation area with easy access to a state springs (if you’re willing to paddle a bit!). While this awesome outdoor Mecca is easily accessible from Orlando, it’s a well-kept, local secret.
But it’s time to let others know about it! Let’s take a look at all this amazing place has to offer!
Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard Rentals:
For a fee, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards of various sizes. There’s a limited number available, so they are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Of course, if you have your own vessel, you’re welcome to bring it. However, if it’s an inflatable, you’ll need to bring our own air pump.
Whether you rent a water vessel or bring your own, you can travel down the river towards Wekiwa Springs State Park and enter through the “back door.” It’s about a mile and half trip and a $2 entry fee (exact cash only). Once inside, you can enjoy swimming in the springs or hiking the thirteen miles of available trails.
While fishing isn’t allowed from the docks, you can take your boat onto the water and fish in the clear waters of the river.
Wekiva River stays a comfortable 72 degrees all year. Guests are welcome to bring their own floats, but large floats will incur a fee.
There is an onsite boat ramp for guests to use (25 HP maximum).
Wekiva Island offers a sand volleyball court for reservation. Your time will be limited to accommodate other guests.
Food and Drink
Without A Paddle Cafe
At this popular food truck, you can enjoy a riverside lunch. With a seasonal menu, Without A Paddle Cafe offers a variety of options to satisfy meat lovers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans alike.
The Tooting Otter Craft Beer, Wine Bar & General Store
An indoor and outdoor bar, The Tooting Otter provides a large selection of beers and wines. Visitors can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10pm.
For an additional fee, parties and groups can rent a private river cabana featuring extra amenities like cabinets and ice chests for food storage, comfortable seating, and a reserved, riverfront porch area.
Wekiva Island has so much to offer for a fun day outdoors! Here are a few things you need to know before visiting:
Parking is very limited. You need to arrive early.
There’s a $2 entrance fee per person.
If you bring your own canoe, kayak, or paddle board, there will be a $10 launch fee.
Unless you’ve rented a cabana, you cannot bring in outside food.
Hi! My name is Krysti, and I write about all things Orlando and Disney! You can read more of my articles at www.orlandodecoded.com or www.disneydecoded.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @OrlandoDecoded or @DisneyDecoded.
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Sarah is a high school English teacher, yearbook adviser, wife to an amazingly supportive husband, and mom to two quickly growing kiddos. When she’s not working to balance life as a working mom, she uses this space to write about the wonderful complexities of life as a wife, mother, and teacher, as well as her family’s camping adventures whenever they can get out of town.
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