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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

465 Wakulla Park Drive

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.


Charlotte Randall

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Boat ride was really awesome! Saw over 19 alligators, 2 manatees and a bunch of beautiful birds and turtles in their natural habitat. I was impressed with how much the tour guide knew about each specific species of animal. Such a beautiful and mostly untouched part of Florida! Also, it's mid July and the water was very refreshing and almost ice cold! This is a great way to spend time with family and friends, just pack a lunch and hang out!

Marcus Head

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Nice family friendly park. Restaurant is small but serviceable. Not a lot of choices, hamburgers and hot dogs but very good. Only a few seats so you might have to wait. Most were there for the water area. Kids a plenty so be prepared. They also have a boat tour that leaves almost every hour. Recommended.

Gregory Kent

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Great day trip. Enjoyed seeing the lodge and having lunch in the dining room. The swim area behind the lodge (the spring head) is a great place to cool down. We took the boat ride down the river and enjoyed the scenes and wildlife (gators, manatees, birds). Considered it money well spent.

Benjamin Feldman

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Can't speak for the beach, but the guided boat tour is amazing. It's definitely worth the money!!! Turtles, manatees, colorful birds, and gators are plentiful to view. The guides are super knowledgeable about the history of the park. Great gem in the Tallahassee area.

J Cooper

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Such a beautiful park with so much to do and see. Entrance is $6 for a car with up to 8 people. The boat tour is a must. $8 for adults, $5 for kids. We saw and learned SO much, and we counted 31 alligators on our ride! At the end, we were able to see 3 manatees even with it being out of season for them. The soda fountain is tasty and I’d recommend the ginger yip for anyone who loves ginger. We’d love to come back and stay in the lodge next time.

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