It’s no surprise that Florida is full of natural hot springs. January and February are the best times to watch manatees swim inland to these warm waters.
It may come as a surprise, however, that such an oasis is located just 16 miles from downtown Orlando. Wekiwa Springs State Park has been entertaining visitors since the 1800s.
Let’s take a look at why it remains a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike!
Where is Wekiwa Springs located?
There are 195 state parks in Florida. Wekiwa Springs is located just minutes from downtown Orlando in central Florida. The exact address is 1800 Wekiwa Circle in Apopka, Florida.
This is a very popular state park that may be temporarily closed when it reaches capacity. The lush greenery and spring-fed Wekiva River attract locals and tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
What is Wekiwa Springs State Park known for?
Wekiwa Springs State Park is best known for its scenic waters, which have made it the longest-running tourist attraction in Orange County. Visitors have been coming to enjoy the springs and wildlife since the mid-19th century.
The 72-degree springs welcome visitors year-round for bathing, swimming and paddling. Wekiwa Springs emits 43 million gallons of water daily, and the designated swimming area is just over half an acre and averages ten feet deep.