Weeki Wachee

North of Tarpon Springs on US-19, you’ll find a strange monument to the Florida tourism of yesteryear. At Weeki Wachee, one of the best springs near Tampa, you can experience some of the best kayaking in Florida.

Weeki Wachee
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Weeki Wachee’s clear blue waters carve out waterways through Old Florida forests, creating beautiful scenic highways. In fact, this state park remains one of the most popular for outdoor recreational water sports.

If you don’t have paddling equipment, rent some from Weeki Fresh Water Adventures located conveniently on the river! Keep in mind that if you bring your own equipment, you are responsible for transportation.

A single kayak rental costs $32 while a tandem kayak costs $48. Kayakers are expected to complete their journeys within 2 hours of their rental time, or face a $50 per hour, per boat late fee! Reservations are required. This is also one of the best places for Kayaking Near Tampa!

Weeki Wachee is also a great destination for families! The springs are also home to Buccaneer Bay, the only water park fed by a first-magnitude spring.

While swimmers can bask in the beautiful blues and greens of the Florida natural springs, divers can explore the freshwater cave system, confirmed in 2007 to be the deepest in all of North America.