More Than a Swimming Hole

A few to-do's for your next trip to Wekiwa Springs.

Most Wekiwa Springs State Park visitors beeline for the headsprings, where the water rivals the Caribbean Sea in clarity, delivering a more refreshing 72 degrees year-round. Sure, you’ll make friends here, but you won’t see much wildlife. Just beyond the springs, two rivers converge, forming a V. One quiet, scenic option is to rent a canoe or kayak from Kings Landing in Apopka ( This outfitter runs a shuttle, so paddlers travel only downstream during the four-hour Rock Springs Run, spotting gators and birds of prey, such as osprey, and waterfowl, like limpkins. 

Another option is to rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe from Wekiva Island: Head left to reach the popular swimming hole, or right for a canopied section of the Wekiva River where, in winter, otters and roseate spoonbills are likely seen. Wekiva Island ( doesn’t offer a shuttle, but provides incentive to make good time on your return: Their bar, the Tooting Otter, serves 30 craft beers by the bottle and 16 wines by the glass, plus live music draws a crowd on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer.