Swim in crystal clear Wekiwa Spring where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The spring’s natural open setting is perfect for spreading a blanket, having a picnic and enjoying the day.
Since its discovery in the 1860’s, Wekiwa Springs (originally called Clay Springs after the property owner) has been an attraction drawing visitor to the area. With a hotel and bathhouse complex established at the spring in the 1890’s, Wekiwa Springs is the first tourist attraction in central Florida, more than seventy (70) years before the opening of Walt Disney World in Florida, if not the state. Other Florida tourist attractions like Silver River, Rainbow Springs and Weeki Watchee were developed between 1920 and 1950. Today the hotel and boathouse are gone but several hundred thousand local, national and international visitors are drawn to the park every year to enjoy the spring.
The daily water output of Wekiwa Spring is 43 million gallons (163 million litres) a day, with small variations for seasonal rains, making it a second magnitude springs. The swimming area at the spring is just over a half acre in size with an average depth of 4 feet (1.2 m). A swim lift is available for visitors who may have difficulties using the steps to enter and enjoy the spring water. No lifeguards are on duty; snorkelers and swimmers do so at their own risk.