to the negative review 7/20: remember it's a bar. you don't bring liquor to a bar. They let you bring any food or non alcoholic beverage you want. Canoe $ is fair, since nearby Wekiva springs is $15/2-hour, + $3/hr, PLUS fee to get in park. Overall this place is heaven at times. i prefer life acoustic guitar entertainment over DJ however. The Owners are not millionaires, and they have poured lots of $ and sweat equity into beautifying what was a rundown rathole. They are obsessed with being green, and also organize regular cleanups of the springs. Many of the staff are young/inexperienced servers, definitely not polished there, but when the owners or older managers are there (about 60% of the time)things are much better). Clientele is a neat mix of good ol boys, families, and successful business types. All in all it's a great way to spend family time on a summer day. weekends are more like a resort or party feel, but weekdays are a true quiet getaway.
Posted: 8/19/2010 • Link to this review
I remember jumping into the water of this sacred river when I was too young to remember. I went to the old restaurant a couple of times, and when it burnt down, jumped off an old maple tree into the water. From there on until a couple of years, my precious river has been exploited and commercialized. Used to be a little hut on the river where you could almost hear the river flowing against the shores. Now just a tourist attraction catering to those who want to pay $4.00 a beer. And by the way.... don't go if you have long hair or a cooler..... one of the many hired police officers will harass and illegally search you and your cooler, and from what I saw before my awful experience.... taking your cooler and beer and stocking their bar with it! A word of warning to all: Avoid Wekiva Island. It is nothing but folks trying to convince the public that they care, and only care about their pockets. When I go to enjoy my peace, and police officers are pressed up against the windows of my empty vacant car, trying to pry into my business, I start to think realize that these folks don't have a life. And from what I'm told, they are VERY wealthy, within tens of millions, and charge $20 for a boat launch when I can go to Wekiva falls for $5 WHAT A JOKE! PROTEST WEKIVA ISLAND!
Posted: 7/20/2010 • Link to this review
The other day was my first time back to wekiva marina (now wekiva island) in about 2 years. What a difference a couple of years makes. Visually very attractive, updated, fresh, almost more of a resort poolside bar hangout vibe. Unfortunately this vibe may not vibe very well with the peace and quiet outdoor vibe. Nearly full paking lot, more people then I ever remember seeing in my many past visits and a bit more noise then I would care for. This visit was earlier afternoon on a Wednesday I can only imagine what the weekends must be like. And the launch fees have doubled, $6.
Posted: 6/25/2009 • Link to this review
I have recently visited Wekiva Island 2 weekends in a row & can honestly say that if you are looking for a place to take your children and still have fun with your friends this is the spot. I met the owners and was impressed that they had no problem with families bringing coolers of food, snacks and juice for their children but only asked that no alcoholic beverages be brought and therefore purchased at the bar. Talk about a savings for mom. We used their chairs and sat on the dock while the children played on tubes and a big floating alligator that made me smile when I saw him just lazily going down the river until an employee went back to get him. About 3pm I looked around and the crowd was big. Almost like a section of Typhoon Lagoon but without the price and with all the beauty of the real Florida. Granted if I were without children and thought I was going to be enjoying a lazy day down the river by canoe I would probably be put off a bit by the shock of all the noise but when you meet the people you hear that most all of them are from the neighborhood as in a 20 mile radius. These are Florida families connecting and singing to the acoustic guitarist that was hired for the day, hanging with their children and there friends & yes, mom was having a beer. I felt safe & was thankful to be able to yak with my girlfriend. I consider it good service when the people behind the bar are smiling & not upset if you change your mind for the 3rd time. We will be back real soon!
Posted: 6/01/2009 • Last edited: 6/17/2009 • Link to this review
As long time users of "Wekiva Marina" we were thrilled to see it revived by the new owners as "Wekiva Island." BUT, Wekiva Island is a gateway to one of Florida's natural wonders (Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run), and hearing the music blaring from the DJ over a mile up Rock Springs Run totally ruined our day. It wasn't helped by no manager on site, and a rude staffer who argued when we suggested they turn down the amps.
Posted: 4/26/2009 • Last edited: 6/17/2009 • Link to this review
My husband and I were frequent visitors of the "Wekiva Marina" now known as "Wekiva Island." We were impressed to say the least. It is a really cool place and we have been letting everyone know of the new hangout spot for a chill weekend!!!!!!!
Posted: 4/02/2009 • Last edited: 6/17/2009 • Link to this review