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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Access for All
Accessible Parking
Beaches
Biking
Birding
Boat Tours
Camping
Concessions
Entrance Fee
Fishing
Hiking, Walking
Historic Site
Interpretive Exhibit
Lodge
Museum
Paddling
Paddling Ramp
Pavilion
Picnic
Playground
Restrooms
Shower
Swimming
Tours
Water Fountain
Wildlife Viewing
  • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs Lodge Lobby
  • Wakulla Springs swimming area
  • Interpretive center and boat tour

465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327
850-561-7276
floridastateparks.org

Access for All
Accessible Parking
Beaches
Birding
Boat Tours
Concessions
Entrance Fee
Fishing
Hiking, Walking
Historic Site
Interpretive Exhibit
Lodge
Pavilion
Picnic
Restrooms
Shower
Swimming
Water Fountain

Wakulla Springs is internationally known as one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world and the park is host to an abundance of wildlife, including White-Tailed Deer, Alligators, Suwannee River Cooters, Manatees, Wood Ducks, Anhinga, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, other birds, and snakes. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park.

Daily guided riverboat tours provide a close encounter with wildlife and glass-bottom boat tours are offered when the water is exceptionally clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months but the water temperature remains a constant 69 degrees year-round.

The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Wakulla Springs Beach and Swimming Area

Activity Time: 1 hour or more. Shower, water fountain; walkway paved; amphibious mobility assist vehicle available at Waterfront Center. This crystal clear spring is best enjoyed in the summer when the cool 69-degree water temperature feels great.

Wakulla Springs State Park - springs shower
Wakulla Springs State Park swimming area with diving and sunning platforms.
Wakulla Springs swimming assistive device
Great Florida Birding Trail

Best viewing is on the boat tour and along the shore.

Nature Trail

Activity Time: 1 hour or more. Natural surface, 9 miles/first few hundred yards on boardwalk accessed by wheelchair; UTAP trail characteristics; interpretation; restroom at lodge; water fountains.

Reviews & Comments

“Trail slope easy to negotiate."

“Surface comfortable to maneuver “

“Pathway unobstructed."

“Very good information along boardwalk."

“Excellent experience."

Footpath from boardwalk at Wakulla Springs State Park
Interpretive boardwalk to limestone sinkhole at Wakulla Springs State Park
Interpretive boardwalk with seating area at Wakulla Springs State Park
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park - accessible boardwalk
Waterfront Visitors Center

Activity Time: 30 minutes. Sloped, paved walkway to Center with interpretation.

Reviews & Comments

“Great information on this incredible spring."

Wakulla Springs Interpretive center for boat tour, "Mysterious Waters"
Wakulla Springs State Park - springs pathway from lodge
Wakulla Springs State Park - springs restroom
Boat Ride

Activity Time: 1 hour Departs 9:40 AM - 5 PM. Fee. Paved path to Waterfront Visitors Center; wheelchair accessible boats available upon request; manual wheelchair available.

Reviews & Comments

“Alligators, Manatees, Turtles, Ducks, Egrets, and more."

“Incredible beauty and great narration."

“Fun for the whole family."

“World-class tour."

Wakulla Springs interpretive tour boat cruise
Wakulla Springs Interpretive Boat Tour Cruises are Wheelchair accessible
Picnic Pavilions

Activity Time: 1 hour.

Paved parking in front of two pavilions located near each other; restroom nearby at entrance to springs

Reviews & Comments

“Great birding with shady trees."

Wakulla Springs State Park picnic pavilion
Drinking fountain at Wakulla Springs State Park
Wakulla Springs Lodge

The lodge, built in the 1930s is one of America’s castles.  Kept much like they were when the Lodge was built, they have vintage bathrooms and closets suitable for staying a night - or a season.  Each of the 27 available rooms is unique in size and layout. Don’t plan on watching television, as there are none in the rooms.  The Lodge has fully ADA accessible rooms.

The lobby of the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs Lodge
Wakulla Springs State Park has wheelchairs available for public use
Wakulla Springs State Park - springs shower and restroom
Edward Ball Dining Room

A full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Learn more

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