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“Great for weekend camping or a day trip to cool off”

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.
orlando, fl
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28 reviews
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“Great for weekend camping or a day trip to cool off”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This review is based on our Cub Scout Pack experience over 4 days/3 nights during Spring Break 2014. Our group was in the "primitive" section of the park, which is quite a drive back away from the springs. This was good for us because we had between 30-60 adults and kids at any given time. There was plenty of room to spread out, for the kids to run around, and for us to have organized activities. There was enough parking for all in an area not too far away from the campsites. Picnic tables, grills and fire rings were supplied in the area. Additionally (and happily) there were 2 small bathrooms that each had a normal toilet (not the composting kind) and a small hand-washing sink. Bring your own toilet paper and hand soap. There was also a shower stall area that I was not brave enough to use because the water was way to cold for me. As an added convenience, there was a spigot where you could fill up containers for drinking water, washing dishes, etc.

During "family free time," many of the Cub Scout families chose to take their kids to the springs. This was really a lot of fun after a long hike to cool off -- it is a spring and the water is a constant 72 °F (22 °C) year round so don't expect anything different. The fresh water is crystal clear and you can see fish swimming around. Goggles and/or snorkeling equipment are are great to have. While crossing the low, wooden bridge to the other side of the swimming area, we saw baby alligators (on the non-swimming area side), turtles and various birds. We didn't rent canoes, kayaks or anything like that.

Most people know the park for the springs but there are places to hike with both long and short hikes -- I think the longest is something around 13 miles. You can go see some cool sinkholes or check out how the controlled burns effect the landscape. We saw deer, turkeys and other birds, and small mammals, not to mention all the vegetation. Also, visit the Nature Center, which has live animals including snakes and a protected gopher tortoise (it was injured and can't be released into the wild). The volunteers that work there are great and will answer any questions you have. We also met a really interesting employee that does nature talks about plants. Usually there is something going on besides the springs so check into that if interested.

The only negative thing I can say about camping is that the racoons were awful and were not scared of people. Put all your food away in your vehicle or someplace else secure in the evening or if you're going to be away from your campsite. Your tent is not a good idea as racoons are smart and can figure out how to get in, or even worse, do damage to your tent trying to get in. We also had a raccoon open someone's cooler that was the kind that just closed without a twisting mechanism to keep it shut.

Lastly, beware of poison ivy as it gets warmer and wetter. We didn't have any problems but it would not be a fun thing to bring home.

I definitely recommend this park as everyone we went with had a great time from kids to adults!

Visited March 2014
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Wellington, Florida
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

It rained almost the whole time we stayed, but regardless we had a wonderful time. We saw deer and turkey, the spring was crystal clear and refreshing. We camped for three nights and the camp ground is very clean and spacious.

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Love this place!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I have been coming to Orlando for years and only recently discovered Wekiwa Springs State Park. It has a huge, spring fed pool for swimming (some people were snorkeling) and you can rent kayaks and canoes and paddle down the river. I would definitely put it on a "must see" list if coming to Central Florida. We were there in March and it was beautiful, but I would imagine in the summer there could be a lot of bugs.

Visited March 2014
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South Florida, Florida
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“A wonderful day”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We were able to have a picnic lunch and rent a double kayak for a nice two hour jaunt down the river and back. Next time, I'd go for the whole afternoon. The river was very pleasant and during spring break week, surprisingly empty. The staff was nice and very helpful.

Visited April 2014
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“Gold Medal State Park”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I live right around the corner from this beautiful State Park and I highly recommend it! Camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming. canoeing....family fun galore! The clear, Sparkling clean Spring is a great swimming hole with a grassy covered hill for suntanning. Restrooms are provided , along with a concession in the summer months. A boardwalk divides the Spring from the beautiful river and leads to the boardwalk nature trail. The park itself has about 15 miles of beautiful hiking trails. I always see deer meandering the trails or grazing the open areas. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the beautiful Wekiva River to see the lush landscape and water fowl. You can bring your pup, just keep a leash on them. As you enter the tree covered entrance, turn right to go to the Springs and river or turn left for camping. When you turn left, you can drive to the back of the park and hike or unload your horses for the horse trails. As with all State Parks, there is an entrance fee of around 6.00 dollars per car or enter with your State Park Pass. Happy exploring!

Visited April 2014
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