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“when you have enough of the thrill rides and gator farms...”

Wekiwa Springs State Park
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Apopka
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Owner description: This 7,000-acre area containing diverse plants and wildlife is also popular for swimming, canoeing, hiking and camping.
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“when you have enough of the thrill rides and gator farms...”
Reviewed December 29, 2009

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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“Refreshing and different”
Reviewed August 10, 2009

We visited on a weekday (Thursday) during August. The park is centered around an underground aquifer that pumps millions of gallons a day out into a "pool." There is a huge swimming area with man-made walls - the water is about 5 feet deep in most places, is 72 degrees all year round, and very refreshing on a hot Florida day - bring your suit! (There are bathrooms that can be used for changing.)

There is another section where you can rent a canoe and paddle around a lake checking out the local wildlife, including alligators and Florida Black Bears. (We didn't see any of those, unfortunately.) There are 15+ miles of hiking trails - get a colored map at the ranger station on the way in, and bring PLENTY of water! There are no water stations along the trails.

This looks like a place that could have the potential to get very crowded on a weekend, so I'd recommend hitting in on a weekday. There is also a small concession stand/gift shop and a very small nature museum.

Overall, a cool place to spend a couple hours - and for $6.00 a car, it's not a bad deal at all.

Thank Rotty2018
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west palm beach
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“wekiva state park”
Reviewed June 26, 2009

we just returned for a 3 night stay over father's day. It was hot but overall a pleasant park to camp at. The sites either had alot of shade or the one we had- hardly any at all. The deers and fawn was a nice added touch. Didnt see any bears as mentioned were around the area the day before we checked in. The restrooms were clean enough most days. For some reason though the ladies restroom lights were pretty much off all day until we would call when it was dark to have them turned on. It was pretty dark otherwise and scared my daughter. We had some heavy rains and flooded our area but lucky for us not our tent. The springs area was nice. The stairs though were extremely slippery due to algae getting in and out so that was a concern. My husband and kids did a canoe trip one morning and enjoyed it. Overall a nice place to camp.

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“Prehistoric Insects, Gators, and Bears, Oh MY!”
Reviewed April 22, 2009

If your ever in central Florida Orlando area, stop by the Wekiva Spings State Park.
This park has it all, from camping to picnic areas, rentable party pavillions and a natural spring basin.
Canoe rentals to view the gators up close and personal. Walking path will take you into the Park where you will see the most amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

Thank Jeanie247
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Erie, PA
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“Great place to see the real Florida”
Reviewed April 10, 2009

We always like to add a state park to our intinerary to see real beauty of where we are visiting. This was great place to spend the day. The springs were beautiful. It was the prettiest natural blue and the water was a great temperature. The trails were nice even with young children. We got to see a few little animals and lizards. Best thing was seeing a live armadillo up close and personal. Great playground. If we would have known about the canoe rental, we would have done that. It was a beautiful place to get out on the water in a canoe.

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