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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla Springs

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
550 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs
FL
32327
Tel: 850-926-0700

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Located 14 miles south of Tallahassee on State Road 267 at the intersection with State Road 61.

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Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park. 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 meeting facilities offer an excellent place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. To reserve a guest or meeting room, please call the park.
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    Sad that this pristine underwater habitat is so mismanaged. Preventing experienced freedivers and scuba divers from entering the headspring, at a time when water visibility is diminishing more every year, assures only that generations to come will be deprived of underwater videos and photos which could show them what the spring was once like, and provide a view that is unattainable from any boat. I can only hope that these mindless bureaucrats are soon replaced with professionals more in touch with the times!

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    My family and I visited the Springs on August 2, 2014, and were fortunately able to book seats on the last boat tour of the day. Our guide, Pat Mahoney, was incredible. He was knowledgeable, informative, passionate, and took the time to allow all passengers equal access to the views and photo opportunities. I absolutely recommend the Park and Boat Tour if visiting the Springs or nearby Tallahassee and hope to go back myself someday.

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    we enjoyed our trip to Edward ball state park August 2014 can't wait to go back next summer. I posted a picture of what is called a horny toad caterpillar that my son found while we were there.

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    Beautiful features, well maintained facilities, poor signage, exit sign ambiguously placed, hiking trail head marked only nearby it, poor map too little detail, overworked understaffed kitchen, long entrance line of idling vehicles because fee taker was VERY SLOW, very noisy boombox crowds on this holiday (if it is always like this it isn't for people who enjoy natural unspoiled areas, bird song, clean air), great high jumping off platform for kids, nice staff, nice tree identification along trail, we will come back to try the glass bottom boat...Read More

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    Beautiful springs with lots of wildlife. We saw manatees, gators and birds, Oh my! The boat tour down the river was excellent and the swimming area was a nice place to cool off. The playground near the picnic area was nice to keep kids occupied while grilling.

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Beautiful features, well maintained facilities, poor signage, exit sign ambiguously placed, hiking trail head marked only nearby it, poor map too little detail, overworked understaffed kitchen, long entrance line of idling vehicles because fee taker was VERY SLOW, very noisy boombox crowds on this holiday (if it is always like this it isn't for people who enjoy natural unspoiled areas, bird song, clean air), great high jumping off platform for kids, nice staff, nice tree identification along trail, we will come back to try the glass bottom boat tour.

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