With winter and the holidays upon us, you couldn't pick a better time to visit Wakulla Springs State Park with family and friends. The Lodge at Wakulla Springs is decked out in holiday finery, parties are planned and the great Christmas Day feast in the restaurant is beckoning.
Temperatures can be on the cool side, but that only encourages a comforting fire in the Lodge lobby. It also encourages the manatees to begin their day frolicking in the 69-degree warmth of the Wakulla Spring basin. It's great fun to watch them from the observation tower once the beach opens at 9:30 a.m.
In fact, the river boat wildlife observation tours, are probably at their best in the winter months. Cooler temperatures bring the alligators on shore to bask in the warmth of the sun. Manatees often float by the boat and migratory waterfowl have moved in. Be on the lookout for white ibises, moorhens and the ubiquitous Suwanee Cooters. You might even get lucky and be present for the rare sighting of a bald eagle or limpkin.
The park also has several special events December through February. You can ride a bike to 'Hidden Spring', burn calories on The First Day Hike, make a difference on the park’s Arbor Day and expand your culinary skills with Campfire Cooking. There is much more planned so please visit the park's event page for more information.