10) Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, Fl Summer 2014

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About an hour away from the main attractions in Orlando, you will find Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, Fl. If you ever wonder how the Timucuan Indians saw this place during their time, come visit this delightful retreat from the hustles of modern life.  Soak your tired body into its natural spring crystal clear water with a year round temperature of 72*F or 22*C.  Everyday, 42 million gallons of said water flows from it into the Wekiwa River, which is enough to supply the water needs of the whole Orlando area.  During summer though, please come early since the place is occupied fast.  This 7,000 acres of protected land has enough space for camping, kayaking, canoeing, biking, horse-riding and hiking. You may  meet some native wildlife including but not limited to bears, alligators, snakes, spiders, eagles, bobcats, turtles, butterflies, and squirrels.  During my last visit, I happened to meet a squirrel nibbling its lunch and me and my camera had a great time with him. Most of my time though was spent in the water for I couldn’t find a more refreshing place to swim in our area.  Wekiwa stands for “flowing water” or spring and as you stay longer in the area, you will notice that a lot of streets and developments bear its name because it is the developers’ favorite word.  When you visit the place, you will know why.

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