stop by and rent a canoe and go down the Wekiva River. God still does it better than man can ever do. From still within sight of the launch area we ran into herons and kites, along the slow flowing river, you will see turtles and alligator sunbathing, other types of herons, more species of turtles, lots of fish and some more birds we cannot name, and some more turtles. The park also has black bear, deer, and other small mammals and lizards, which unfortunately we did not see. Regardless, it’s an impressive display of FL wildlife in their habitat. Best of all, the park fee is a measly $6 / car and all this at your own pace with no restrictions on taking pictures. I think it is worthwhile way to help kids develop an appreciation of nature.
There is of course swimming at the spring itself and lots hiking trails too, but don’t think you can beat the canoeing and with shallow waters, the kids should do just fine. Before actually renting the canoe, do spend a few extra minutes at the nature center to familarize yourself with what you might see so you can name the type of heron or type of turtle.
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