Not far from the Orlando theme parks there's an honest to goodness natural secret island where visitors can swim, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, volleyball, fish or just plain relax for practically nothing! At Wekiva Island, where the meandering Wekiwa River is a constant 72 degrees, you can enjoy a few hours or the full day and there’s only a $1 entrance fee on weekends and weekday holidays.
This pet-friendly (doggies on leashes only) resort complex with private cabanas, food truck fare, Tooting Otter bar and more is a private island oasis, open to the public, tucked into a suburban enclave in Longwood, Fla. In addition to watersports, Wekiva Island has several activities to enjoy on land. Challenge your friends to a beach volleyball match, or try your hand at a game of corn hole with your date. The beach volleyball court is available for rent if you’ve got a large group, just remember to make a reservation in advance. Want to just relax? Tons of Adirondack chairs are lined up right along the riverfront boardwalk for your use and enjoyment. Pull up a seat and watch the world go by, and if it’s a warm day take a dip in the refreshing river to cool off!
At night the fire pit is aglow. Roast marshmallows, trade fireside stories, and warm up on chillier evenings. Wekiva Island also hosts “Firepit Fridays” featuring themed dinners and live music, perfect for date night. There's a full events calendar throughout the year too. Outside food and drinks aren’t permitted unless you’ve rented a cabana. Alcohol isn’t permitted, but you can enjoy beer and wine at The Tooting Otter. Wekiva Island is adjacent to the 6,3979-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Rd., Longwood, http://wekivaisland.