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Type: Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Relaxing, Tours and Excursions, Unusual, Water, Water Sports
Wekiva Island is equal parts charming and unexpected, a "wildlife" oasis of sorts that sits a stone's throw from a commercial stretch of Wekiva Springs Road. It's a slice of natural Florida that can... Read More
Wekiva Island is equal parts charming and unexpected, a "wildlife" oasis of sorts that sits a stone's throw from a commercial stretch of Wekiva Springs Road. It's a slice of natural Florida that can be taken two-fold. On one hand, this venue is a springboard to all things river. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent, in which one can explore and observe native flora and fauna (birds, gators, deer, otters, you name it) in pristine surroundings. On the other, you'll experience Florida locals in their natural element, as well, as they belly up for eats and drinks (wine and beer) at the on-site bar, the Tooting Otter. Food is served on weekends. The vibe is exceedingly relaxed. Patrons enjoy swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, horseshoes and a communal fire pit. There is often live music. "River-banas" are available for rent to make your day more comfortable. Each comes with shade, seating, a cooler and a private parking spot.
- Outdoor Activities: "Kayaks rent out early, particularly on weekends, so come early. You're also welcome to bring your own. Wekiva Island's laid-back atmosphere is landlocked Margaritaville, not lakeside Ritz-Carlton. Expect things to be very casual and, on summer weekends, crowded."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: A truly unique, inland Florida experience, Wekiva Island combines active river pursuits with the vibe of a beach bar/resort.