Location: 28.7133° N, 81.4449° W
Duration: 9 hours 16 miles
One of Central Florida’s favorite watering hole. Located just north of Orlando, its indoor/outdoor recreation complex that is open 7 days a week at 0800hrs. This location is great for the adventurer that is looking to go on their kayak or standup paddle board. But if you don't have one but you're willing to try it, you may rent one from this complex. The reason I'm fan of this location it's right on the Wekiva River. The Wekiva River is a 16.0-mile-long river in Central Florida, north of Orlando in the United States. It originates in Apopka and joins the St. Johns River, the longest river in the state of Florida.
The perfect route to take for this trip would be to start at Wekiva Island and launch your kayak or canoe and head West then North towards Kings landing which would be upstream. Yes you would be fighting the river that flows at rate of 3-4mph, but trust me you'll love it. The total trip covers 8 miles. Moving at your own pace, there are several stopping points allow the way to stop, snack, swim and/or fish. Once you arrived at Kings Landing you'll be able to go for a well earned refreshing swim. Now that the hard part of the trip is over enjoy the view.
So now you are on The Kings Landing river trip heading south, this allows you to enjoy the beauty of the river while traveling downstream at a rate of 3-4 miles per hour. Never having to fight the current anymore and allowing you to rest and relax as you kayak or canoe calmly down the river experiencing the nature around you. Common sightings include otters, gators, bears, deer and even the occasional monkey! This trip covers 8 miles that you just paddled through, totaling a 16 mile trip for your kayaking experience. The trip ends right here at Wekiva Island where you can enjoy the well earned adult refreshment or relax on the water and enjoy the party.
What better way to cool off than to jump in the river!? Wekiva River remains a constant 72 degrees all year round and you are welcome to enjoy swimming along the boardwalk area. Volleyball is a favorite group activity on the island. They have regulation sized sand volleyball court is located behind The Tooting Otter (the bar).