Hang with the Locals on Wekiva Island

Wekiva Island is an easily accessible destination just 30 minutes north of Orlando, but well off the tourist track. Sitting on the spring-fed Wekiva River, the island is well-known among the locals as a place to party, escape the crowds near the theme parks, and connect with the quickly-disappearing “real Florida”.

Hang with the Locals on Wekiva Island
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The “Tooting Otter Craft Beer, Wine Bar & General Store” on Wekiva Island offers an excellent selection of craft beer and mixed drinks, a tasty restaurant, and outdoor activities like volleyball, swimming, and canoe and kayak rentals. Paddle down the secluded rivers that meander through the Wekiva Springs State Park, where it is common to spot wildlife like river otters, turtles, manatees, and alligators swimming in the crystal-clear water.

If that sounds too adventurous, you can always grab a cold drink, kick back in a riverside cabana, and watch the boaters float by. There is a nominal $2 fee to enter the island during peak season.