-piece written by me for COM 225 Media Writing-
No Plans This Weekend? Head to Weeki Wachee
Looking for some recreational fun? Head to Weeki Wachee River this weekend for the ultimate quick getaway. This 7.4 mile river is located just over an hour north of Tampa, making it the perfect day trip. Kayak and manatee admirers alike come from all over the state this time of the year to experience this extraordinary outdoor fun. Ballin’ on a budget? No worries, parking is free and kayak rentals start as low as $20 each if you want to share a kayak with a friend. And yes, with over 5 miles of paddling, you are going to want that extra hand. If kayaks are not quite your thing, they also rent out other equipment too. Once departing from the base rental site, you will enjoy a scenic flow through the preserved national park of the river. The water is crystal clear in this part and if you’re lucky you may see a manatee or two! Manatees are the friendliest animals, so don’t panic if you encounter one of these gentle giants. The river will close in a tad and get much deeper as you advance along the course. Throughout the river there are multiple spots to hop off of your kayak and take part in some adventurous activities (such as rope swings, yes actually rope swings). You will see as you go down you also can park your kayak right up on some inland sand and maybe soak in a few rays. The kayak trip itself for those with stamina will take you about 2 and a 1/2 hours. Once reaching the end, staff members will escort you to a shuttle transporting you back to the main entrance where you parked your car. This lighthearted day trip is perfect for those wanting to spice things up on a weekend. It’s a great little day excursion and substitutes a boring day at the gym. From personal experience, this was a lot of fun to do and I would highly recommend this trip to all of my fellow college students out there in the Florida area. Check out these pictures I got from my own day trip to Weeki Wachee & continue reading for a few pointers & advice.
“#1 Recommended Trip Advisor Activity in Weeki Wachee” – Weeki Wachee Kayaking
Tips & Advice:
- You are allowed to bring a cooler and bags aboard your watercraft vesicle. HOWEVER a heads up: you cannot bring any glass along the trail for safety purposes.
- Your kayak will tip over; don’t try to fight it. And for that reason I recommend definitely having a waterproof bag and your phone in a waterproof case
- You will get thirsty & you will get hungry. Bring water bottles and bring snacks. Maybe even a light lunch!
- If you have a GoPro go ahead and pack that as well; basic, but you’ll get great pics
- You may want to dress athletic because of all the paddling, but realistically it’ll be so hot you’ll wind up in just your bathing suit
- Hair elastic. That’s all i have to say
- Wear rubber flip flops, so that way those are waterproof too and can easily be removed if you decide to swim
- SUNSCREEN, you’ll try to fight it but your skin will thank you later
- Most importantly have fun and enjoy the beauty of nature