Originally Posted by Mrs Evans
First we're going to Wekiwa State Park and stay for about a week and we will take a day or two to visit Daytona where my husband has already booked a Petty Driving Experience, LOL! That's not for me, but hey, opposites attract!
Wekiwa is a small but very popular park, and it can be a lot of fun if you time your activities carefully. You can canoe, hike, birdwatch, or just relax (as long as you're not too close to the spring where people swim, loudly, for most of the year.) On the spring run, keep an eye out for the other people in canoes - it's super popular with those who have no idea how to pilot a canoe and collisions are not at all uncommon
Take your canoe cart if you have one as it's a long carry to the put-in from the campground (unless you drop off your boat first and then park - go early if this is your plan or you will have problems finding a place to park.) Camping in the park will get you an early start, which I strongly suggest if you want to see wildlife and avoid crowds. The temperature will also be more comfortable early in the morning than after 10am or so.
I also would suggest that you also consider driving over to Deleon Springs State Park (not much of a drive from Wekiwa) for their pancake breakfast. You make it yourself using an electric griddle that's built into the table and the restaurant is in an historic sugar mill. Go early though, it fills up fast and is less fun when crowded. We used to go early in the morning, eat, and then hike the trail and always had a great time. Also nearby is Blue Springs State Park, at which you can see (and swim near, but not with) manatees when the temperatures get cooler and you can easily hit both parks in one day if you feel like it.
Have a great trip!