Wekiva Island

January 30, 2023

If you’re looking for a weekend spot north of Orlando where you can kayak, canoe, and hang out by the river or in a tiki bar, Wekiva Island is the place for you. It was not the place for us old fogies. The structures had a dilapidated look about them, except for the bar that appeared much more appealing.


The café, while offering an interesting menu, looked no bigger than a food truck and had outdoor seating. Even the view wasn’t as expansive as I’d expected. It was more like a canal.


I could see the appeal for young adults but not seniors like us who prefer more atmosphere for a lunch venue. We came on a quiet weekday but I understand they can get lines of cars waiting to get in on weekends. Artists had set up their easels along the waterfront on the day we visited. A sign warned of gators and snakes so swim at your own risk if at all and don’t fall out of your boat.


We walked around the perimeter in about ten minutes. For a scene in a mystery, however, this place could serve as a model. The various buildings, including one set up as a classroom, harbored intriguing nooks and crannies.

For lunch, we drove to The Southern Deli in Apopka since I’d been wanting to try it. The food was tasty if you enjoy southern fare, but next time I’d rather go to a deli with traditional favorites like grilled cheese, tuna melt, and nova on a bagel. My meal here was chicken in BBQ sauce over cheese grits and my husband had a burger.

It’s fun to go out exploring and trying new places even if it’s a One and Done experience.

Nancy J. Cohen explores Wekiva Island. #Florida #Orlando Share on X


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  1. Wekiva Island in Florida sounds like an amazing weekend getaway spot for my family! From the crystal clear springs to the abundance of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone. We can kayak, canoe, and fish on the beautiful Wekiva River or take a hike and explore the natural beauty of Rock Springs Run State Reserve. The scenery is stunning. Plus, there are plenty of places to stay nearby with all the conveniences we need. I’m sure it will be a memorable trip that my family will never forget. Thanks so much for writing this informative blog post about Wekiva Island in Florida!

    1. There’s also Wekiwa Springs State Park that’s nearby. That one has a big swimming lagoon, boat rentals, concession stand, and walking trails. Kelly Park is part of the Rock Springs Run and it has some beautiful pools and a lazy waterway for tubing. If you go on a weekend to either place, make sure you go early as they close when full capacity.

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