This past weekend was loaded with a ton of new and memorable experiences, I could not have been more thrilled. One of my top spots to go and paddle has been Central Florida, through the fresh spring waters. I never imagined it to be as beautiful, it is truly a remarkable place. Being a Floridian my entire life, I couldn’t believe these places exist so close to home. Within a 3 -4 hour drive from Miami, you could drive up to north Orlando, where there are numerous places to launch from, Wekiva Island being one of them. You could rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and paddle down or up the springs. There’s a sandy volleyball court, big bar area with random deer heads and other odd things, and a bunch of seating areas with cabanas. It’s a great little oasis in the surrounding area, probably the best one you could come across. If your like me who travels with a board, you could just pay a launch fee for just $10 bucks and skip the whole rental. Either way, it’s a fantastic day trip and best thing you could do in Orlando ( in my humble opinion ). I decided to head upstream to check out the wildlife and shallow streams. Supposedly there were otters, though I didn’t spot one single one. Only a gator sun bathing and a ton of turtles. It’s a very serene and peaceful place to relax and enjoy everything around you, especially during the week where there are less crowds. The water is crystal clear, in some areas it looked like tiny sparkeling pools you could swim in. Though, I don’t suggest actually swimming there since I had just seen a gator. Although I did see some people swimming near by, insanity. There are different water ways you could do too, the one I took is called Rock Springs Run, an 8-mile trip going upstream to Kings Landing. Once I got into the deep forest (about 2.5 miles in), the mosquitos were eating me alive. Due to the recent hurricane Matthew, theres numerous fresh puddles around where they infested the area. But it’s normally not that bad. I headed back down stream which was a blast, I literally just steared my board with my paddle, the current floated me all the way down. I looked up to see the sun peeking through the branches, took some video and enjoyed the rest of the trip. I am definitely coming back to this incredible place, and so should you.
Defintely check it out if you are in the area looking for something outdoorsy to do. You’ll come back extremely relaxed and rejuivnated, trust me 🙂