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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

465 Wakulla Park Drive
850-926-0700

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife which includes alligators, turtles, manatees, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife and are perfect for the wildlife photographer. Glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. Fall, winter and spring are the best times to enjoy the nature trails where visitors walk beside remarkable karst features and among rare and unusual plants in its old-growth forests. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the spring. Lodge facilities offer an excellent place for meeting retreats, weddings, and other special family and business occasions. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.



Reviews

birdhunter9999

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Had a very fun visit here with my kids. There is a fun jumping platform at the swimming area. Lots of wildlife around. The boat tour was great with loads of alligators, turtles, and birds. You can pack a lunch and use the picnic area. The lodge is also very beautiful and has a good ice cream shop. Definitely a great place to spend the afternoon with the family.

Deborah Joudrey

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Great retreat in a throwback setting. Great dining with excellent service in a restored hotel, quiet nature spot with lots of hiking trails through the forest. If you’re driving, take the coastal route for scenic views and no traffic

crystal griffin

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Beautiful pristine water and wildlife. Great place to bring your entire family. Swimming, boat tours and fine dining in the lodge. There is also an old fashion soda fountain with the world's longest marble slab counter that offers snacks and ice cream.

Al Cavasin

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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Beautiful, quaint, very old but we'll maintained lodge on the Springs. Roomy, we'll appointed rooms with lots of period furniture. Roomy showers, gobs of hot water,clean. No TV (a plus) but very noisy if you get room #27 (right next to the elevator). Fabulous restaurant, excellent service, I'd stay here again. Oh, no refrigerator, either...

Kathryn Friedlund

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Absolutely incredible! A sanctuary, a taste of heaven! We did the 5 pm boat tour on a Tuesday early May. There were only 4 other people on the boat with us. Our captain, Ranger Bob, was excellent! Very informative, attentive, and humorous. He stayed and talked with me and my family afterwards, all about the history of the park. It was awesome! It shows he really likes the park. We saw alligators, manatees, turtles, all kinds of really great birds and fish. He pointed out it all and even reversed the boat so we could all get good looks at them and to get pictures. This place really is incredible and aside from the boat, undisturbed. The boat is covered and shielded us from the sun but didn't obstruct our view. The boat travels 1.5 mile down the river and then back. Most the water is only 3 feet deep. You aren't required to wear a life vest but they are on the boat in case they're needed. We bought tickets right down by the water where the boat launch is. Afterwards we dipped our toes in the swimming area right next to the launch. The water is so refreshing! Every part of this park we encountered was beautiful! There are restrooms and a drinking fountain and a couple drink vending machines on your way down to the boat launch. No food or drink is permitted on the boat. We brought water. We only had a couple hours to spend here and it was enough to dazzle us! If we had more time I would have checked out the lodge. Everyone I spoke with on the phone was awesome and very helpful. Go check it out!!

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