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Wekiwa Springs State Park, near Orlando

Orlando, FL
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Wekiwa Springs State Park, near Orlando, Orlando FL

Description

Wekiwa Springs is like nature's solution to the need for a beach when you're nowhere near the coast! Here you can get out of the congestion of the city and come get your fill of nature. Year-round you can swim in the refreshing, but not too cold, water which stays at 72 degrees no matter how cold it is outside! I visited in February on a 50 degree weekday and there were a dozen people enjoying the crystal clear water! What happy faces!
These springs are lovely because there is a hill that leads down to the springs. You can sit on the lawn and have a picnic with a view. Or you can sit on the concrete edge of the springs right next to where the headspring is bubbling up. What joy!
There is a boardwalk that circles the spring, over a bridge. Past the bridge is a small path that leads to kayak rentals, and here you can paddle on the river that leads out of the spring and see alligators!
If you bring a snorkeling mask you can look down at the spring and see how cavernous and deep it is! There isn't much else to see below the surface, except an occasional fish or turtle. The river leading to this spring is too shallow for manatees to pass through. If you want to see manatees in winter, go to Blue Spring State Park, 37 minutes away.

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Amazing trees with Spanish moss in the parking lot.
Amazing trees with Spanish moss in the parking lot.
Crystal clear water beckons you to swim!
Crystal clear water beckons you to swim!
Tropical vegetation and the prettiest water.
Tropical vegetation and the prettiest water.
A tropical paradise!
A tropical paradise!
The bridge between the spring and the river.
The bridge between the spring and the river.
Walking along the path that circles the spring.
Walking along the path that circles the spring.
Bench with a peaceful view of the water.
Bench with a peaceful view of the water.
Easy steps to enter the water.
Easy steps to enter the water.
It is great to swim, even on cold days!
It is great to swim, even on cold days!
A blissful swim!
A blissful swim!
Pathway around the spring.
Pathway around the spring.
You can sit on the side and look straight down at the headspring bubbling up.
You can sit on the side and look straight down at the headspring bubbling up.
A couple looks out on the water.
A couple looks out on the water.
You can sit on the edge right by the water.
You can sit on the edge right by the water.
The river is clear where it comes out of the spring.
The river is clear where it comes out of the spring.
A mother and son paddle a kayak in the river.
A mother and son paddle a kayak in the river.
Colorful kayaks!
Colorful kayaks!
March day at Wekiwa Springs.
March day at Wekiwa Springs.
Canoes!
Canoes!
A couple make their way from the river to the spring.
A couple make their way from the river to the spring.
A group of students enjoy a day at the spring.
A group of students enjoy a day at the spring.
Two men paddling toward the spring.
Two men paddling toward the spring.
A wonderful place to sit!
A wonderful place to sit!
Sitting on the lawn that slopes down to the spring.
Sitting on the lawn that slopes down to the spring.
Many people enjoy a dip in this tropical oasis!
Many people enjoy a dip in this tropical oasis!
Beauty surrounds you at the spring.
Beauty surrounds you at the spring.
Swimmers in the spring.
Swimmers in the spring.

Directions

Wekiwa Springs State Park is located at 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka FL 32712, 30 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Entrance is $6 per car and there is plenty of free parking close to the spring. On weekends it fills up quickly though.

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Last Updated Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:11:32 GMT