On the way to our next stop, I was kind of surprised to arrive at a pretty nice neighborhood. However, low and behold in the back of the community is Wekiva Island.
Fully stocked bar, food ‘truck,’ metal art sculptures and cabanas it does have an island vibe to it, but once our tour of the island was underway, the island is so much more.
Island owners Bill and Mary Sue Weinaug work pretty hard to reduce their carbon footprint. Some ways they do this include: Recycling areas throughout the area, they also have regular trash bins that are consistently sorted through by hand to ensure everything is getting recycled. They do not use glass or plastic for their drinks they use biodegradable cups that will begin to break down as it sits so drink fast! (it’s not THAT soon but sipping and letting the cup sit in the sun is not recommended)
Some other eco-friendly features include:
- Rainwater Collection Cisterns
- Re-used Materials
- Solar Hot Water Panels
- Solar Electric Panels
- Low Flow and Dual Flush Water Closets
- Waterless Urinals
- Thermal Chimney
- LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified classroom
Food, Kayaking, and Sunbathing
While food is not allowed in the park, they do have a good selection of food from the food truck located near the water and cabanas. While I am by no means a vegan I do enjoy some non-meat options and so when I saw they had the Impossible Burger on the menu I had to give a try, and I have to say it was not bad. It was pretty good, but I have to say my favorite menu item was the Fancy Fries with basil pesto and parmesan cheese. I mean come on look how pretty they are!
They had pretty extensive menu including many vegan options.
They offer an extensive list of alcohols to choose and even have wine on TAP! I was shocked by that and a bit hesitant but it was delicious as was their Percesco slushy, perfect summer drink while enjoying time relaxing in the sun! (BYOB is not permitted here).
Love that they are pet-friendly! I have two great Danes and one who LOVES water so I loved that I would not have to leave them behind. All dogs MUST be on a leash.
While I sadly did not kayak while there it was something I was very interested in learning more about, so if you follow me on Instagram you can check out our kayaking excursions with me and my bright pink Sundolphin kayak she treats me so good.
If you are not familiar with kayaking, some places will charge you a drop fee to place your kayak or canoe in the water and some charge a park entrance fee or both.
At Wekiva Island, there is both its $1 per person entrance and starts at $30 to rent a canoe or kayak and $10 to drop your own, check out the rates at https://wekivaisland.com/visit-us/rates/.