If you're a bit of daredevil, this fearless Florida adventure is for you. This winter, you can climb a ladder to the rope swings at Kings Landing and soar into one of the most sparkling blue rivers in the state.
Located in Apopka, King's Landing is just a 35-minute drive from Orlando and only about a 1.5-hour trip from Tampa. You can take a quick road trip to discover turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and lush plant life during this jungle-like experience.
The spot provides access to a stretch of the Wekiva River, a scenic spot often enjoyed by kayakers and paddleboarders for its crystal-clear waters, offering breathtaking natural views of Florida.
On your journey down the river, you'll pass a few trees with built-in steps, each accompanied by a rope swing. We were able to confirm with an employee of King's Landing that there are two swings available for visitors to enjoy.
When trying out the rope swings, remember to check if the surrounding water in the river is deep enough for jumping in at the time. Also, make sure that no one is swimming right below you before taking the plunge.
If swimming isn't enough to keep you entertained, you can embark on an 8.5-mile long trip down the river, or opt for an easier mile-out, mile-back journey. You can provide your own equipment for the ride or rent some.
You may spot animals like bears, deer, and even monkeys on your journey down Wekiva River. Remember to stay a respectful distance from any wildlife you may encounter for your safety as well as the animals'.
Camping along the river is only $5 a night, so stay a while and enjoy your surroundings!
For more enchanting natural Florida getaways, check out this rope swing at Weeki Wachee. Another whimsical adventure can be found at Blowing Rocks Preserve, where you can walk through Hobbit-like tunnels.
Price: Rates vary per activity, check here. Cash only.
Address: 5722 Baptist Camp Rd., Apopka, FL
Why You Need To Go: Try something new and rope swing into one of Florida's most dazzling natural springs.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.