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

Attractions - Wakulla Springs offers two different type of Ranger guided boat tours. Both are unique and tour natural areas where wildlife is abundant and boat traffic is limited to only the park tour boats. Generations of wildlife have become accustom to the tour boats and are oblivious to them making for great photographic opportunities. The Glass-Bottom Boat Tour is a 30-minute trip over Wakulla Spring, one of the world's largest and deepest freshwater springs. Peering down through the clear water to a depth of 125 feet, Park Rangers will share the mysteries and history of this unique natural area. Large gar, mudfish, bream and bass are observed, as well as, the catfish convention. One of the highlights will be observing the antics of " Henry, The Pole Vaulting Fish" . Stories will be told of local folklore and passengers will see prehistoric Mastodon bones on the bottom of the spring basin. The River Boat Tour is a 40 minute trip taking a different route. Park Rangers navigate the boat for the 3-mile round trip down the Wakulla River introducing you to the " Real Florida" . If observing alligators and other wildlife in their natural habitat is what you are looking for then Wakulla Springs is the place to visit. The haunting call of the rare Limpkin, raucous call of the moorhen or the bellowing of the bull alligator are sounds that can be heard from the river boat. Large alligators, abundant birds, whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobcats and alligator snapping turtles all call this place home. So, come on down and experience a beautiful voyage on the world-renowned Wakulla Springs Boat Tours. The price for either boat tour is $6.00 for adults, and $4.00 for children 12 and under.

Recreation - Swimming and snorkeling are allowed only within the designated swimming area near the spring. An observation and diving platform at the spring head allows a splendid view of the spring.

Hiking and horse trails are available.

Location - Traveling East on I–10 to new Exit 196 (old Exit 28). Take SR-263 (Capitol Circle) South 12 miles. Turn right (South) onto US-319/SR-61 (Crawfordville Hwy) for 2 miles. Bear left onto SR-61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for 6 miles. Turn left onto SR-267 at flashing stop light. Turn Right into Park entrance.

From West I-10 use new Exit 203(old Exit 30). Take SR-61 (Thomasville Rd) South. Continue on SR-61 thru Tallahassee for 10 miles. Take US-319/SR-61 (Crawfordville Hwy) South for 2 miles. Bear left onto SR-61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for 6 miles. Turn left onto SR-267 at flashing stop light. Turn Right into Park entrance.


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Contact Information:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive , Wakulla Springs , Florida, 32327, Phone: 850-224-5950
, michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website

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