This means that in theory, you can go swimming in the Wekiwa Springs any time of year.
Although 72 degrees is on the cooler side, in terms of water temperature it can still be considered “warm” enough for swimming… for some people!
As long as you can handle coming out of the water wet to a cooler air temperature, then you can go swimming at Wekiwa Springs any time of year – summer, spring, fall, and even winter!
That said, a water temperature in the upper 70s or lower 80s is an ideal water temperature for swimming for most people! And for some people low 70s is definitively NOT swimming temperature!
So, it really depends on your tolerance for colder water and just how much you want to go swimming in Wekiwa Springs!
Day trip to Wekiwa Springs from Orlando or from Disney World
If you’re staying in Orlando or you’re staying at Disney World for more than a few days, then Wekiwa Springs can make for an easy day trip.
Orlando to Wekiwa Springs is about a 30 minute drive. (map)
Disney World to Wekiwa Springs is about a 45 minute drive. (map)
Wekiwa Springs is located in Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Once in the state park, you’ll follow the signs to the swimming area, and then it’ll be a short boardwalk trail to get to Wekiwa Springs!
For another day trip to springs from Orlando or Disney World, you may also consider the Ocala National Forest springs!
Cost of swimming at Wekiwa Springs
In order to go swimming at Wekiwa Springs, you’ll need to enter the Wekiwa Springs State Park.
So the cost of swimming at these Florida springs is the cost of entry into Wekiwa Springs State Park. This is around $6 a car for a one-day pass. See current fees.
👆 In 2021, the cost of swimming in Wekiwa Springs State Park was $6 a car.
If you plan to make this a year of going to a ton of Florida state parks, then there is also the Florida state parks annual pass.
What to bring to Wekiwa Springs
There is a bathroom and changing room at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Swimming in Wekiwa Springs can be a pretty minimalist activity!
Wear your swimsuit and you can be off swimming in Wekiwa Springs!
But it’s also a good idea to bring swimming goggles or snorkeling gear so you can see underwater at Wekiwa Springs!
For some more ideas of what to pack for Wekiwa Springs, also see: What to pack for a trip to the Florida springs.
There is a bathroom and changing room at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
The boring safety message for swimming at Wekiwa Springs
In short, take care! There are no lifeguards at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
More below about a trip to Wekiwa Springs near Orlando and Disney World!
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Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida which resulted in historic destruction. If you are looking to help but not sure how, consider donating to the Florida State Parks Foundation: DONATE HERE. One of the notable Florida state parks is Cayo Costa State Park in Southwest Florida. Cayo Costa is mentioned as the first spot that the hurricane made landfall. Also see: State parks in Southwest Florida
Are Florida state parks open after the hurricane? Check the Florida Park Service website for current closures. (There are many state parks that are closed.)
Are Florida national parks open after the hurricane? Check the National Park Service website for current closures (October 2 update: Most of the Miami side of Everglades National Park is open, except for camping)
Trip to Wekiwa Springs State Park
My trip to Wekiwa Springs was in November 2021.
Personally I find a water temperature of 72 degrees to be cold.
And when the air temperature is in the upper 60s (as it was when I was there midday in November), it can feel colder!
I was not able to make it in past my waist. 😜
It was also a bit overcast at the time which also didn’t help!
Getting to Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park is on google maps.
But to be sure you will get proper driving directions, it could be good to put the Ranger Station (map) or Wekiwa Springs State Park campground (map) as your destination. This will get you to the Wekiwa Springs State Park entrance.
The spot google maps gives for Wekiwa Springs State Park is a random spot in the middle of the park.
If you simply put in Wekiwa Springs, google maps will likely bring up the city of Wekiwa Springs FL which won’t help you in navigating to the state park.
So once you are close, you will start seeing signs for Wekiwa Springs State Park, and then basically you will just drive in!
Then once you have paid the state park entrance fee, you can look for a sign and follow it to the swimming area.
This will take you to a large parking lot that loops around. You can access a trail to the swimming area in the first area of the parking lot, but you can also loop around the parking lot to return back to the area. This will also be on the side that’s closer to the springs. It’s really not that big of a deal where you park though. You will be able to find the trail to Wekiwa Springs.
If you keep driving to the “end” of the parking lot, you’ll see the Wekiwa Springs picnic area.
And then if you continue driving to loop around, you’ll be brought back to the area where you can find a boardwalk trail to the Wekiwa Springs swimming area.
You can ask for a Wekiwa Springs State Park map when you enter the park to get a better idea of the visual!
Trail to Wekiwa Springs swimming area
And then once you have parked, you can look for the boardwalk trail to Wekiwa Springs!
Wekiwa Springs swimming area
And then you will start to see the swimming area of the springs!
And then you will reach the spring! It is kind of like an outdoor swimming pool!
And that’s a bit about the Wekiwa Springs swimming area!
More Florida springs:
- Ocala National Forest springs
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
- Wakulla Springs State Park alligators
- Things to do in Florida Caverns State Park
For more things to do near Orlando:
HAPPY SWIMMING IN WEKIWA SPRINGS!
Things to pack for your Florida vacation!
The ultimate beach towel for travel?!Turkish towels are considered to be more absorbent and lightweight than your average beach towel. Be sure to check out turkish towels like these!
The cheapo way to waterproof your phoneYou can take underwater pictures with a simple waterproof phone case like this. Touch screen may not work well underwater - try the volume button to snap the pic instead!
Get your suitcase more organized!Packing cubes can make it so you're spending less time on your vacation looking for things! They are basically a form of drawers in your suitcase. Take a look at these packing cubes.
Wear less sunscreen by wearing a UPF swim shirt!Wearing a swim shirt means less skin that's exposed to the sun which means less sunscreen you need to apply! See about wearing swim shirts with UV protection like these when you're swimming.
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