Day Trippin’: Wekiva Island

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If you’ve canoed through Wekiva River, then you’ve probably run into this favored local hangout spot. Wekiva Island entices you with its beautiful natural scenery and party atmosphere.

The most popular attraction on the “island” would be The Tooting Otter. It’s an outdoor and indoor bar with a wide variety of craft and domestic beers. They also offer wine and a selection of food and snacks. Grab a beer and chill out on the boardwalk. There are tons of lawn chairs overlooking the river. If you’re lucky, you can even spot a gator!

Gators are pretty popular in the springs. Not only can you spot gators on Wekiva Island, you can also eat them! Without a Paddle Cafe offers a unique menu authentic to the environment. If you’re feeling brave, you can try the “bang’n gator” tacos or the gator tail. Not into gators? Fish, chicken and shrimp are also on the menu. Not into eating animals? There’s plenty of vegetarian options on their green menu.

If you’re looking to meet people, a great way to do that is by attending one of the events Wekiva Island has to offer. They host Brew Review every second Wednesday of the month and Wine Down Wednesday every third Wednesday of the month. For $25 you get alcohol and light appetizers. What better way to spend your hump day?

Although this is the spot where people like to hang out, there’s plenty to do for those of you who are more adventurous and sporty. You can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and make your way along the scenic river. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in everything this natural environment has to offer.

You can even take a dip in the cool water. It’s crowded with wildlife such as fish or otters. Just steer clear from the gators — you don’t want to become part of the menu.

As the sun starts to set, the water calms, and loud conversations become intimate whispers. It’s the perfect time to make your way to the fire pit. Roast some marshmallows and enjoy the fireside chat. Watch as the glistening river blends with the night sky.

Wekiva Island has something to offer for everyone. It’s the perfect spot to come to with your family and friends to enjoy the natural side of the Sunshine State.

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