Florida's fresh water comes from underground springs that rush through the state's underlying limestone base, or ... More
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Florida's fresh water comes from underground springs that rush through the state's underlying limestone base, or aquifer. Often, those springs bubble to the surface. You can see how it all works at Wekiwa Springs State Park where the waters are crystal clear and stay at a comfortable 72 degrees all year. At this scenic spot, you can hike, camp, fish, go canoeing and, if you're lucky, spot some wildlife. Opens everyday at 8a.
Canoeing / Kayaking the Wekiva river is great and there are great pavillion areas at the park, however the spring is less than desirable. It's extremely crowded, and the water is dirty.....there were probably 300 people in less than the size of a football field
This is definately the best place to go canoeing/kayaking. A local tip is to go to the Marina down the street from the park, there you can rent a canoe and paddle to the spring instead of away from it. Once you get there you'll be able to cool off, and you won't have to pay the entrance fee. The trails here are great and so are the camp sites.
If you want to swim and/or tube the place to go is Rock Springs which is right around the corner from Wekiva.
This place was paradise. Clean, well kept, peaceful. The water is comfortable for a spring. I am used to spring-fed lakes in Michigan which are considerably colder. Good parking and even a little playground for young ones. One caution is bring all you need for the day, cause once you get here you won't want to leave.
The teenagers helping out at the canoeing and giftshop didn't seem pleased to be there in the first place...
Gets pretty crowded during the weekends so this is not the place for you if you want something peaceful and quiet.
I was only pleased with two things:
- the canoeing
- the cool spring dip
- close distance to my home
Basically, if you stay far, and you are thinking of doing a family day there, I suggest you save the gas on something else.
I loved how the pavillions were SOO roomy and clean! I have 4 children and they all loved it.
We all love canoeing!
The spring water was filthy. There was an alligator walking around and birds poop on your head.
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