Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
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, and 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
Main Park Photo Gallery
Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is perfect for your wedding, banquet or special event. Two private dining spaces accommodate groups between 25 and 100 people.
Geology of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Morning Nature Walk
Sat, Mar 30, 2019 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDTJoin a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park's varying forest communities. Leaves are budding, dogwood's are blooming, and life is awakening in the park's forests. The habitat beckons. Let your guide make the most of your visit as he points out nature's nuances.
Wakulla Springs, FL
A Timeless Glimpse Into Flroida's Elegant Past
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDTBe part of a ranger-led program that unveils the craftsmanship, elegant materials, and lore of the magnificent lodge nestled deep in the primeval forest of live oak, hickory, cypress, magnolia and pine.
Wakulla Springs, FL