Just beyond Orlando’s theme parks, the real magic begins in Seminole County. Here the pristine Wekiva River awaits your exploration – one of only two rivers in the entire state of Florida designated as a National Wild & Scenic River for its outstanding scenery, recreation, geology, fish and wildlife. It’s easy to explore this amazing river with a variety of adventure options from Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures.

If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, try the 2.5-hour guided excursion (reservation required). Local guides ensure a safe and unforgettable time in remote areas of the river. From subtropical birds to deer and otters, you’ll get a fascinating look at wildlife. Your guides will also keep you entertained with stories of the area’s colorful history. Or pack a picnic lunch for the longer self-guided trip (4-5 hours) and drift leisurely with the current. Your trip will start at this outfitter’s Canoe Beach Landing inside Wekiwa Springs State Park and their shuttle bus will meet you at Katie’s Landing to bring you back to your car. They also offer the shuttle service if you want to bring your own canoe or kayak. Or enjoy a shorter self-guided trip and explore the river at your own pace with a canoe or kayak rental by the hour. For complete details, visit the Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures website.

Your relaxing getaway exploring the beautiful Wekiva is made even better by a great hotel rate in Seminole County – typically one-third less than Orlando resorts, yet still close to all of the theme park fun, too. Check rates, book and get ready to enjoy the best of Central Florida.