Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Limited Visitation at this Park
Effective Oct. 5, 2020: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and the Lodge are open. Ranger station transactions are contactless: Bring exact change in cash, your credit card, annual pass or prepaid entry receipt. River boat tours have resumed and require advance reservation. Guest rooms, dining room and soda fountain are open at the lodge. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least 6 feet apart.
Welcome to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, the sapphire water of Wakulla Springs boasts manatees, alligators and a host of diverse wildlife that can be viewed from a riverboat or the diving platform.
The invigorating 70 degree waters are sure to refresh you on even the hottest summer days. The historic lodge is an elegant remnant of old Florida, and the ancient cypress swamps made the perfect backdrop for old Hollywood movies.
Wakulla Springs is a place where history stretches back thousands of years, from early Native Americans who lived in shoreline villages to filmmakers who recognized the primeval quality of the park’s swamps and wildlife when they decided to film Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) here.
Today, visitors can swim where mastodons once roamed and take guided boat tours where dugout canoes once glided across the cool waters. Alligators, manatees and an abundance of bird life can all be seen.
Visitors can also marvel at a 1930s Spanish style lodge with its period furniture, original elevators and colorful painted ceilings that depict wildlife and Old Florida scenes.
Plan Your Visit
The Lodge at Wakulla Springs
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Photo Gallery
Geology of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Habitat Restoration in Progress
People Make the Parks
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