Tips for kayaking Orlando springs

Whether you’re new to Central Florida or have been here all your life, chances are you’ve heard about Florida’s original tourist attraction—our gorgeous natural springs. These special spots are a must to explore, and what better way to do that than by paddling serenely along in a kayak?

Wekiwa Springs is one of the best natural springs near Orlando, and the Wekiva River offers some of the best kayaking near Orlando so you can explore it. Wekiva Island is located just a mile down the river, and we’re very familiar with how to make your adventure the best it can be.

Keep reading to check out a few of our tips for kayaking in Orlando springs.

Start early.

No matter where you start your journey, you’re going to want to start it early. Not only will the temperatures in the morning be a little more enjoyable than the height of the day, but you’ll also have a better chance at getting where you’re going. Orlando’s springs are extremely popular, especially because they maintain their cool, 72-degree temperatures even in the heat of summer. That means people line up for hours to get into place like Wekiwa Springs State Park. At Wekiva Island, we typically hit capacity by 10 a.m. in busier months, so be sure to get an early jump.

Plan a route.

One of the questions we get asked most often is if you have to paddle back to return your kayak rental. The answer is yes! The Wekiva River is not a circle, and as far as you paddle up or down the river, you will have to save some energy to come back. This leads us to our next tip—plan your route. Once you decide which spring you’d like to visit and where you’d like to rent your kayak from (or put your own kayak in), it’s important to know where you’re going. This will allow you to plan for your abilities and be safe on your journey. At Wekiva Island, we personally recommend paddling up the Wekiva River for about a mile to explore Wekiwa Springs. Then, your paddle back is with the current!

Stay hydrated.

Paddling around in the Florida sun is a dream, but don’t forget your water bottle! It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re kayaking Florida. At Wekiva Island, we allow guests to bring their own water and a cooler to take and consume while out on their vessel. Of course, we also offer water (and beer and wine), as well as delicious food for purchase once you return from your journey.

Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Speaking of the Florida sun, sunscreen is an absolute must. While the kayak adventure from Wekiva Island to Wekiwa Springs is often covered by lush, green trees, there’s still plenty of time when paddlers will need protection. Apply the sunscreen and reapply it later. A light shirt and sun hat are always great, too. Trust us, your shoulders will thank you.

Relax and enjoy.

When you’re out on the water, don’t forget to slow down, let the current take you and look around. Planning the journey and paddling along can require some thought and muscle, but once you’re on the river, you’ll be transported to another world. Notice how the sunlight filters through the leaves and down to the clear water. Watch as turtles plop into the cool streams from their sun-soaked logs. Soak in Florida’s special offerings and enjoy the day!

Ready to hit the water and kayak Orlando springs? We think these tips will help you have an awesome day exploring. If you’re looking for a place to launch your own kayak or rent one, check us out at Wekiva Island. We offer a variety of vessel rentals and plenty of Island fun, all close to Wekiwa Springs. Click here to learn more.

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