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Things to Do in Longwood – Wekiva Island

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Wekiva Island Longwood FLI first learned of Wekiva Island just a couple of years ago. Now I wonder how it could have possibly taken me so long to discover this wonderful little island full of activities. Wekiva Island, also known as the Wekiva Marina, is nestled away on a natural riverside in Longwood, FL. Originally developed “as an environmentally responsible oasis,” Wekiva Island provides “unique natural experiences and eco-learning opportunities.” It may sound a bit “tree-hugger,” but I assure you this eco-friendly island is packed full of fun for any age group.

Wekiva Island Longwood FL Lounge ChairsI most enjoy visiting Wekiva Island during the summer. While summertime is miserably hot in Central Florida and most residents are quick to road trip it to the beach, Wekiva Island is a much more convenient and stress-free option. If you’re not keen on sitting in the sun, there is always the shade provided by the Tooting Otter (Wekiva Island’s version of a tiki-bar). Several times I have frequented the island for birthday parties where the host rented one of the cabanas for the day. This provided a nice shaded break from the over-bearing sun and a place to commune and socialize with friends and family. The VIP cabana is my absolute favorite…and the most luxurious cabana of them all, in my opinion. Most cabanas come with a private grill and wait service from the bar. I’ve found this amenity to be most enjoyable when the bar is slammed on a busy day or I simply can’t be bothered to leave the refreshingly cold river.

Wekiva Island Longwood FLThat’s right – there is also swimming in the Wekiva River. Like most other bodies of water in Florida, there are also alligators and snakes in this river, but generally they are more scared of the commotion around Wekiva Island than we are of them. Nevertheless, it’s still a good idea to stay cautious and keep close to the island itself when swimming. The temperature of Wekiva River is about 72 degrees year round, thanks to Wekiwa Springs, a natural springs located just a few miles down the river. This feels amazing in the summer heat and refreshing nearly all year round. If you’re not into swimming in the water, there are plenty of other water activities to enjoy that will keep you resting comfortably atop the water. Wekiva Island has boat slips for personal boating as well as canoes and kayaks for rent. There are also canoe tours that can be booked, just visit the Wekiva Island website for more information.

Wekiva Island Longwood FL Beach Volley BallOutside of the lovely water-related activities, Wekiva Island also has a well-kept sand volleyball court, where volleys can last all day, horseshoes, cornhole boards, food and occasionally live music. The best part about Wekiva Island is that you know they are doing their part to preserve the natural ecosystem in which we live (2030 Challenge), as well as encouraging and educating others on how they can take responsibility as well. To learn more about what you can do to preserve our environment, check out their website: www.wekivaisland.com and click on “Learn the Discoveries.”

Needless to say, Wekiva Island is a local favorite with endless outdoor adventures and opportunities to learn more about one of Florida’s natural eco-systems. I highly recommend a visit!

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Latest homes for sale close to Wekiva Island – Zip Code 32779 in Longwood

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  1. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,287 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.34 ac
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,496 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,924 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,843 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,457 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  4. 6 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,450 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.76 ac
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 3
  5. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,940 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.02 ac
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,907 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,991 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  7. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,126 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.51 ac
    Year built: 1969
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 5
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,787 sqft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  9. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 11,026 sq ft
    Lot size: 7.12 ac
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 5
  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,522 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,668 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6
  11. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,186 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,771 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7
  12. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,188 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,385 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 8
  13. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,913 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 8
  14. 8 beds, 7 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,525 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.34 ac
    Year built: 1976
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 9
  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,534 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,260 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9
  16. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,780 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,578 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 11
  17. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,142 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,760 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 11
  18. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,398 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,993 sqft
    Year built: 1977
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 12
  19. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,241 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 12
  20. 7 beds, 7 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 10,591 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.65 ac
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 14

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