Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 7,000-acre area containing diverse plants and wildlife is also popular for swimming, canoeing, hiking and camping.
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Dragonfly8
On my computer551 contributions
Jan 2021
We took a day trip but make sure you get there early! We arrived on a day in January literally 30 minutes after opening and it was already full. They suggested we come back around 2 so we went to the Apopka Drive Thru trail for a few hours. When we came back the line was quite long but we were able to get in.

The water was BEAUTIFUL and pretty warm. There were dressing rooms to change into but the lockers are very small that are located near the Kayaks. Lots of people there but it is a large area so it never felt too crowded.

We rented Kayaks and the river is beautiful, but we learned we are horrible paddlers and spent a lot of time in the trees. We did see several gators on the banks which was amazing.
Written January 9, 2021
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mario v
Miami Beach, FL207 contributions
Jun 2020
It was definitely worth the drive from Miami Beach, the water is quite cold but you get used to it (just jump in), we forgot floaters but we bought at their sores, I don't recommend you buy goggles there, they are very cheaply made and break instantly. The hike trail is very good but quite long, I didn't see no bears on the trail but manage to see 2 deers. I didn't do the canoe this time but Next time for sure. Highly recommended
Written June 19, 2020
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Seasoned Traveler
9 contributions
Apr 2022
We came mainly to swim and snorkel/freedive in the spring. The spring consists of an upwelling from a slot or crevasse into an otherwise flat pond about 7' deep and perhaps 50 yards across. The water is clear and the visibility excellent. There are no posted restrictions on freediving and I was able to dive into the spring, though the upwelling current and rocks made it difficult to reach the bottom. There are fish and turtles to see around the pond. There are steps making it easy to enter and exit the water, and a shallow wading area for children and nonswimmers.

The pond drains into the spring run over a weir, and at this point swimming is not allowed but paddlecraft can be used. The park offers SOT kayak rentals and canoe rentals. There was a manatee present in the spring run while I was kayaking and it came right up to the boat where I could see it, and I also saw a large turtle and a number of shore birds.

Canoe and kayak rentals end well before the park closes, plan accordingly.

This is a popular location and you may be turned away or have to wait if the park is at capacity. While we found other visitors to be courteous overall the area can become busy. There were a number of people listening to music that was perhaps not to my taste that did detract somewhat from the natural beauty of the surroundings. Park staff were courteous and helpful.
Written April 17, 2022
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Alesha S
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I'm not sure if it's because of Covid, but there is a strict capacity limit at Wekiwa Springs. All of their signs say "No Hiking or Biking when Park is Closed", as does their website and phone line. I interpreted that as when the park is outside of business hours and is closed you can't hike or bike on the property. Makes sense. Luckily, they are open on Saturdays. So I went there and was turned away stating that they were "closed". The terminology that would be more appropriate is "at capacity". And there were about 100+ other cars that interpreted their disclaimer the same way I did. They do not accept hiking or biking reservations either. The only way you'll have any luck getting in is if you get there at 7am. Now, I am no early bird. I'd even be willing to make a paid reservation to hike. Also, their phone number sends you to the Florida Dept. of State Parks. There's no number to contact them directly. I'd really like to know how I can make a reservation to hike! It looks beautiful, but the communication to the public from the park just isn't there.
Written July 31, 2021
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bradziker1
Lake Mary, FL1,547 contributions
Nov 2020
Wonderful kayaking for the day. Arrived about 10am and plenty of parking, but there were lines later in the afternoon and few spaces. Short line to get kayaks and canoes – took about 10 minutes to wait and process. They do keep your license until you return the kayak. Lots of people were on the river, its not very wide. Plenty of wildlife – saw gators and lots of birds. It was about $26 to rent single kayak for a couple of hours. Great fun.
Written December 4, 2020
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work-to-travelMI
Grand Rapids, MI302 contributions
Feb 2021
The spring is powerful, the water perfectly clear and fairly warm, though Rock Springs at Kelly Park near here is way more exciting, but currently closed for construction “until further notice” —so call ahead. This park was not as much fun, but at least is is open. The picnic areas at both parks are large mostly shaded and pleasant.
Written February 27, 2021
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Kristin S
Kingsland, GA96 contributions
May 2022 • Family
I would only visit during the week, early in the morning. We basically had the place to ourselves, but we visited a couple days before Florida schools let out so that probably helped. Swimming over the spring head was magical. Also coming here to just swim laps which some people did is also enjoyable. The coldness takes your breath away but you got to just start swimming and you’ll get used to it. We saw turtles and some smaller fish in water. There was a small nature center to see snakes and turtles up close. You may get lucky and have a ranger bring out an animal. Someone brought out a box turtle and talked to us about it which was cool. We got there at 8 and left around 10 but could have stayed longer if we wanted.
Written May 25, 2022
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Marcia Bento
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil48 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a great time at the park. The entrance fee is 3 dollars per person. We went in the winter, but still could go in the water with a wet shirt. The water is cold, but it's not freezing. We rented a canoe for 26 dollars plus tax for 2 hours and it was great. We saw a baby alligator and a big one too. It was so relaxing. We had a great time.
Written February 3, 2020
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smagmags
Paw Paw, WV48 contributions
Jan 2020
Wow, this park is perfect. After dropping the teenagers off at some expensive theme park for the day, I escaped the bustle of town and donned my swim trunks for a dip in the springs. My GPS led me to this beautiful park and I paid $4 to get in. It was a warm, tropical jungle with a spring lake and people were swimming in it and picknicking around it.

There's a snack bar that serves hot food, (and even alcohol if you want to drink.) There's a nice little gift shop, and there are lots of trails to walk. There are raccoons and squirrels and birds.

The swim area is really nice, and you can swim down into the mouth of the spring for a 'cave diving' moment.

It's the opposite of International Drive, and that's really nice.
Written January 18, 2020
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Barbara N
Lafayette, IN2 contributions
Feb 2022
Nice large campsites. Alot of trails with no see ums. Park is kind of in an urban area. Springs were nice to swim in. A little cool. We enjoyed Kayaking from the park along the creek. We did not see any bears although they are apparently around. There was a nice 20 mile paved bike trail nearby that goes through the city. We also enjoyed biking in the park.
Written April 7, 2022
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