If you’ve never visited a Florida spring before, Wekiwa Springs is a great starter spring. The park in which it is situated has lots of amenities, the swimming area is easy to navigate, and, settled just off of I-4 between Orlando and the east coast, it is a short drive from numerous Florida cities. This was the first spring I visited as a Floridian. Any hesitations I had about swimming in an inland body of water (gators! snakes!) were swept aside when I saw the crystal clear blue water of the Wekiwa Spring swimming area. To get to the spring area, you must pay $6 to enter Wekiwa Springs State Park, follow the road in about 100ft and then veer to the right to find the parking area for the spring head.
The spring area is walled with a ledge all the way around, with two stairway entries for swimmers. I would estimate the spring is about 5 feet deep in most places, so you may want to bring a noodle or pool float if you don’t want to tip toe the whole time. A mask and snorkel would also be fun as underwater visibility is great! The water is a constant 72 degrees and, while it does seem chilly at first, once you’re in it is very tolerable. Lots of people bring blankets and chairs and set up on the grassy hill or around the edges of the spring. The hillside is very sunny while the rest of the area surrounding the spring is shaded by trees. There are a couple grills and picnic tables, but I would imagine you would have to arrive pretty early to secure either.
The park gets very crowded on the weekends, and can reach capacity, so it is advisable to arrive early. For a quieter experience, I highly recommend going on a weekday if you can, though even on weekdays the swimming area can be busy. The photos in this post were taken on a weekday afternoon, and you can see from the first photo that there are a fair amount of people.
This is a beautiful spring. The color of the water is always breathtaking and varies depending on cloud cover and time of day. It is particularly turquoise when the sky is hazy and the sun is right over head. For anyone visiting central Florida, Wekiwa Springs would be a great activity to add to your itinerary!
You can rent kayaks just outside of the swimming area and kayak up the Wekiva River. Read my post about kayaking the Wekiva River here. Keep in mind, Wekiwa Springs State Park is quite large and there is a campground and numerous hiking trails! A short, family friendly nature trail starts right near the spring head. This half mile loop would be a great break from swimming and the spring would provide a nice way to cool down afterwards.
Wekiwa Springs State Park website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Wekiwa-Springs